Attend the Miami Taste of Brickell‘s “Inaugural Burger, Beer & Balls Bash” to Benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade in Miami, Fla. This is one of the events that lead up to the Grand Festival in March of 2013.
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 4 from 4-10 p.m.
WHERE: The historic Miami Circle at 401 Brickell Avenue, next to the Icon Brickell
For more information visit www.tasteofbrickell.com
A portion of the proceeds benefit the Boy and Girls Clulbs of Miami
Argentina is the birthplace of Tango music. On September 30, 2009, UNESCO‘s Intergovernmental Committee of Intangible Heritage declared tango as “part of the world’s cultural heritage.” This allows Argentina to be eligible to receive financial assistance in safeguarding this cultural treasure for future generations.
Every year for two weeks in August, you can attend the Tango Bueno Aires Festival & World Championship where you can witness the sultry vigor of the Tango! The festival brings together some of the best tango dancers in the world.
While you are there, visit the world-renowned Colón Theater (Columbus Theater).
This is the main opera house in Buenos Aires. It is considered to be acoustically amongst the five best concert venues in the world. It opened on May 25, 1908, with Giuseppe Verdi‘s Aïda.
This Vino con Vista city has numerous museums to visit including: history, fine arts, modern arts, decorative arts, popular arts, sacred art, arts and crafts, theatre and popular music. You can also visit the preserved homes of noted art collectors, writers, composers and artists.
Attend the 20th annual Montery Winemakers’ Celebration where you can meet the Winemakers and discover and taste 150 wines from over 40 Monterey County Wineries. Enjoy live music provided by Red Beans & Rice and indulge in great local food from the Barnyard Restaurants. You can make wine purchases from the “Try and Buy” Wine Marketplace.
The 2nd Hawaii Food and Wine Festival 2012 is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. Attendees will experience a “roster of over 50 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers.”
There will be innovative seminars and educational lunches with celebrity chefs Ming Tsai, Masaharu Morimoto, Roy Yamaguchi, Todd English and Charles Phan among others. Enjoy a master wine tasting with Krug Champagne and an educational excursion to an 800-year-old restored fishpond and lo`i (taro field).
Over 50 internationally-acclaimed master chefs are invited from the United States, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Philippines and Australia. Four signature events are being held at: The MODERN Honolulu, Halekulani, Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort and Spa and Ko Olina Resort with Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, and JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa. Tickets are on sale now at www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com
Honolulu from Diamond Head. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The four-day Festival was co-founded by two of Hawai‘i’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs: Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong. The Festival in Honolulu and Ko Olina Resort will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef and poultry. Proceeds from HFWF will benefit the Hawai`i Agricultural Foundation, the Culinary Institute of the Pacific, Leeward Community College Culinary Program, Paepae O He`eia and Papahana O Kuaola. For information about VIP and Table packages, please contact Chimaine Pouteau at 808-738-6254 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN: September 6-9, 2012
WHERE: The lush island paradise of O‘ahu
Meet the Event Chairs:
Chef Roy Yamaguchi
Roy Yamaguchi is the creator of “Hawaiian Fusion® Cuisine,” a combination of exotic flavors and spices mixed with the freshest of local ingredients, always with an emphasis on seafood. Born in Tokyo, he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York and opened his first Roy’s in Hawai‘i in 1988. The restaurant was soon dubbed the “crown jewel of Honolulu’s East-West eateries” by Food & Wine and added to the Condé Nast Traveler Top 50 list. There are now 32 Roy’s in Hawai‘i, the Continental United States, Japan and Guam.
Alan Wong has made a name for himself internationally with his marriage of ethnic-cooking styles with the finest island-grown ingredients, creating local dishes with a contemporary twist. A James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: Northwest, he was one of 10 chefs in the United States nominated by the Wedgewood Awards for the title of World Master of Culinary Arts. Bon Appétit has recognized him as the “Master of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine,” and Alan Wong’s Restaurant has been ranked by Gourmet twice. It is also the only restaurant in Honolulu that appears on the Top 10 of America’s Best 50 Restaurants.
Wong is the author of New Wave Luau and is a 10-time winner of the Hale ‘Aina “Restaurant of the Year” and Ilima “Best Restaurant” Awards in Hawai‘i. The chef/owner of Alan Wong’s Restaurant and The Pineapple Room in Honolulu, he just released a new book in December 2010 entitled The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong.
Make plans to attend the Key Largo Food and Wine Festival 2012 in Florida.
WHEN: July 27th-August 5, 2012
WHERE: Various venues around Key Largo
There will be 10 glorious days of wine tasting events, cooking demonstrations, themed wine dinners, food and wine pairing classes, progressive wine dinners, art and wine shows. The Festival’s Finale will feature ‘A Taste of Key Largo’ at the Sundowners restaurant complex grounds.
A festival finale event, “A Taste of Key Largo,” is planned for 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. Local chefs will prepare signature dishes. You can sample wines while you listen to live music. There will be mixology demonstrations and summer cocktail tastings on the water. Tickets to this event are $28 (incl. tax and tip) per person, including a souvenir tasting glass and gift bag.
The Anderson Valley is located 15 miles long. It is located in the rolling hills of the coastal region of Mendocino County, about two hours north of San Francisco. This gorgeous valley is the home of vineyards and wineries producing a broad range of excellent wines; known for world class Pinot Noir and Alsace Varietals.
Here’s how it works:
“Samples of eight California wines appear at your table. It’s your job to identify each varietal. Is it Zin? Or Cabernet? We make it easy by giving you a list of ten common varietals from which to choose. You make your guesses and we reveal the identity of each wine. In the doubles competition, you and your partner can compare notes before making your decisions. Sign up in the category that fits: novice, amateur or professional. How do you know which one to enter? It’s up to you. Novices are tasting beginners, amateurs have graduated from Two Buck Chuck, and pros are usually involved in the wine industry. Everyone is welcome to take advantage of our complimentary Wine Tasting Boot Camp, where you’ll get tips to boost your confidence and your score. If you’re one of the top three finishers in the amateur or pro division you advance to the Grand Championship round. Ties are broken by “sudden death” taste-offs, offering dramatic entertainment for the spectators. Top finishers in each division will receive personalized certificates, great prizes, and recognition in our fall newsletter.” Included with the wine tasting competitions are chocolate and cheese tasting contests, as well as a series of wine-friendly snacks served throughout the day.
San Francisco Chefs 2012 is San Francisco’s premier food, wine, and spirits festival. Mingle with master chefs, mixologists, winemakers and other culinary superstars! The Grand Tasting Tent on Union Square features over 200 of San Francisco’s finest restaurants, bars, distilleries, breweries & wineries. At venues throughout the City, you can attend classes, demonstrations, speakers and special parties.
WHERE: San Francisco’s legendary Union Square and venues throughout the City.
Get up close with some of your favorite chefs at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market! This series of demos is hosted by Liam Mayclem of Eye on the Bay (CBS 5) and Foodie Chap (KCBS). There may be nothing better than finishing a meal with a perfectly ripe peach or plum—but including these gems in a composed dessert takes stone fruits to a higher level. Pastry Chefs Francis Ang (Fifth Floor), and Luis Villavelazquez (La …
Presented by CBS5 and the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA)
Get up close with some of your favorite chefs at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market! This series of demos is hosted by Liam Mayclem of Eye on the Bay (CBS 5) and Foodie Chap (KCBS). Join Wise Sons chefs Evan Bloom and Leo Beckerman and Namu Gaji’s Dennis Lee for an exploration of this affordable technique for preserving and adding pizazz to your Farmers Market finds.
Presented by CBS5 and the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA)
Benefitting the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks
“Four-star restaurants don’t just happen, no matter how talented the chef. It’s a long process, as the chef matures, finds a culinary voice and transforms the other elements of the dining experience to support his vision.” – Michael Bauer, Restaurant Critic, San Francisco Chronicle
The Bay Area is home to many excellent chefs, but there are only nine that hold the four-star designation …
Presented by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association
Participating chefs: Traci Des Jardins – Mijita, Antelmo Faria – Tacolicious, Laurence Jossel and Gonzalo Guzman – Nopalito, Juan Martinez – Tres Tequila Lounge & Mexican Kitchen, Matthew Ridgeway – Tacubaya, Veronica Salazar – El Huarache Loco and La Cocina, Joanne Weir – Copita Tequileria y Comida
Traci Des Jardins hosts some of the Bay Area’s most exciting chefs for an unforgettable evening celebrating contemporary Mexican cuisine. This fabulous fiesta will feature unique, delicious takes on …
Escape to Brazil, Guatemala and Ethiopia with illy’s Master Barista, Giorgio Milos. Explore the sustainably grown single origins of illy’s legendary coffee blend. This two-hour course will guide you through each flavor profile and distinct aroma, delivering a spectrum of discovery through the senses and into the marvelous world of coffee. A variety of preparation methods will be demonstrated, followed by a tasting of each MonoArabica. All attendees will take home a gift from illy …
Explore the full panoply of modernist cuisine with one of its premier exponents, Dave Arnold. Arnold is the Director of Culinary Technology at The International Culinary Center’s New York and California campuses. He is also an award-winning lecturer and contributing editor for equipment and food science at Food Arts and has been featured in Time, the New York Times, Esquire, the Economist and Popular Science, among other publications. Arnold will discuss and demo some of …
Presented by the International Culinary Center of California
From synchronized service to dim sum delivery and all that lies in between, this diverse panel will discuss service in all its forms. Hailing from different venues, the panelists will offer perspectives on how they create experiences for their guests, as well as how a new demographic of restaurant-goer impacts service expectations. How has the definition of service changed as restaurants continue to evolve into new forms?
Kick-off the SF Chefs weekend with a real pig out. Join host chef Jan Birnbaum (EPIC Roasthouse) for a showcase of pork’s diversity. An all-star line-up of chefs will create unique and tasty bites paired with cocktails from Campari America and Four Roses Bourbon, Trumer Pils beer and wines from Rhône Valley Wines and Livermore Valley Wine Country.
Must be 21 or over to attend. Advanced ticket purchase required.
The San Francisco Chronicle’s 49 Square Miles Food Tour comes to life! Explore San Francisco’s most iconic restaurants and neighborhood gems while enjoying spectacular views of Union Square from the Imperial Floor of the Westin St. Francis. Celebrate the culinary diversity found in each square mile of our food-obsessed town. Enjoy San Francisco brews, California wines and handcrafted cocktails from the Campari America portfolio. To celebrate our great town we’ve asked pastry chefs to express …
The ingredients, techniques, textures and plating styles of Scandinavian cuisine are making their way into American restaurants. Toasted grains, wild foraged foods and preserved and fermented products are just a few of the ways in which chefs are channeling the spirit of Sweden and Denmark. Chefs also have been reaching into the larder of Hungary and other Central and Eastern European countries. These four talented Bay Area chefs will take you through their interpretations of …
Team #1: David Bazirgan (Fifth Floor) and Mark Dommen (One Market). Team #2: Anthony Strong (Locanda) and Omri Aflalo (Bourbon Steak).
Nominated by the readers of Eater SF, pairs of San Francisco’s best chefs will face off as they attempt to out-cook, out-plate and out-do one another in a race against the clock. With a mystery market basket of ingredients to tackle, which team will impress the judges? Our first round teams will serve …
Your restaurant is operating smoothly; guests are satisfied and returning often. What’s next? When is it time to dream bigger, whether it’s developing a product line, a food truck or a new location? How do you know what elements to take from a successful concept to grow your business? This leading group of restaurateurs will open up about their dreams, plans and experiences. Learn how they were able to overcome obstacles and stay motivated to …
The defining characteristic of a Bay Area chef? Fierce devotion to selecting the highest quality ingredients. Crucial to this process are the relationships chefs develop with farmers and purveyors. From the mechanics of finding provisions to the logistics of delivery, this lively panel will delve into the process chefs go through to source and stock the best product available. They’ll also discuss the decision to make certain products in-house.
VIP Ticket includes access to Opening Ceremony and first tastes in the Grand Tasting Tent at 6:00PM. Don’t miss the excitement of opening night! A food lovers paradise, the historic Union Square is filled with mouthwatering tastes from the city’s hottest restaurants, innovative handcrafted cocktails prepared by top mixologists and premier wines and beers from an exhilarating collection of wineries and breweries. Entertainment by Joey Altman & the Soul Peppers. Proceeds from the evening benefit …
East meets West as SF Chefs opening night continues Asian style! The official opening of the chic and newly redesigned E&O Asian Kitchen sets the scene for a hot and steamy after hours party. Late night bites from host Chefs Arnold Eric Wong and Sharon Nahm will be paired with Asian inspired libations from beverage director Carlos Yturria. Chef/DJ Hubert Keller will be at the turn tables, spinning tunes that will make you want to …
In France’s Northern Rhône Valley Syrah is king, and Côte Rôtie produces some of the most incredible examples of the varietal. Join Eileen Fabunan (Rhone Valley Wines), Shelley Lindgren (A16/SPQR) and Catherine Fallis, MS (aka grape goddess) for a special tasting to learn about how the unique soil and climate of the region make such a perfect marriage with this grape.
Must be 21 or over to attend. Advanced ticket purchase required.
Chefs Marcus Samuelsson (Red Rooster Harlem) and Chris Cosentino (Incanto) join illy Master Barista, Giorgio Milos to create a menu inspired by the three single origins of illy’s original coffee blend: Brazil, Guatemala and Ethiopia. Cosentino will start off this three-dish session with an appetizer before Samuelsson demonstrates the main course. Milos will close out the meal with a sampling of illy coffee and pastries from The Culinary Institute of America Bakery Café by illy …
The Wente Chardonnay clone has helped vintners across California produce exceptional wines for 100 years. Sample Chardonnays from some of California’s most impressive producers, which highlight the unique characteristics of this powerhouse clone. Panelists include Karl Wente (Wente Vineyards), Michael McNeill (Hanzell Vineyards), Randy Caparoso (Bottom Line Wine Editor Sommelier Journal) and Mike Chelini (Stony Hill).
Must be 21 or over to attend. Advanced ticket purchase required.
World-renowned chefs Gary Danko and Joanne Weir are heading to the kitchen for an exploration of one of summer’s sweetest gifts—corn. Weir brings the flavors of Mexico to life at her new Sausalito restaurant, Copita Tequileria y Comida. Danko continually impresses diners at Gary Danko with his unique style of modern American cuisine. Join them for a demonstration of recipes that will take this simple vegetable to a higher level.
The Bay Area is considered to be the birthplace of California cuisine—chefs here have always championed the local and seasonal ethos. Now more than 40 years since Alice Waters served her first plate of figs, chefs in Northern California continue to push against boundaries and expand the definition of California Cuisine. Chefs from a variety of culinary traditions will discuss how they view the cuisine of Northern California today and its impact on the culinary …
Wine Spectator’s Gwendolyn Osborn, Christie Dufault (Culinary Institute of America), Jesse Becker, MS (Périphérique Wine Merchants) and Nico Sciackitano (A16) will teach you what it takes to analyze wines in a blind tasting. You and the sommeliers will blind taste through a line-up of six different wines, each from different regions and grape varieties. Not even the sommeliers will know what they are tasting! Using the methodology of both Wine Spectator and these top sommeliers, …
VIP Ticket includes early access to the Grand Tasting Tent at 12:30PM. Celebrate the good life San Francisco style with a farm-fresh feast for the senses. The bounty of Northern California takes center stage as passionate chefs from the Bay Area’s most coveted restaurants wow guests with a thrilling selection of fresh, local and delicious dishes, accompanied by perfectly paired wines, beers and spirits. Savor generous samples from one end of the square to the …
For the first time ever, San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer is opening up about his career, reviewing process and ultimate food cravings. In honor of his 25 years at the paper, Bauer will appear behind a screen for an intimate interview with legendary restaurateur Drew Nieporent. Bauer began his career at the Kansas City Star before becoming the restaurant critic and wine editor for the Dallas Times Herald. At The Chronicle, he oversees …
Settle in for afternoon Tea while you enjoy a seminar from the botanically minded Ambassadors of Hendrick’s Gin. Charlotte Voisey and Mark Stoddard trace the origins of this delightful daytime tradition and suggest unusually tasty enhancements poured straight from your teapot. This won’t be like the humdrum tea plates of yesteryear—if you’re searching for the extra marmalade it may well have be shaken into your cocktail. Come along to learn a little, taste a little …
Team #1:Hoss Zare (Zare at Fly Trap) and Jen Biesty (Scala’s Bistro). Team #2: Brandon Jew (Bar Agricole) and Staffan Terje (Perbacco).
The competition continues as pairs of San Francisco’s best chefs attempt to out-cook, out-plate and out-do one another in a race against the clock. With a mystery market basket of ingredients to tackle, which team will impress the judges? Our second round teams will serve a panel of esteemed judges that includes Carolyn …
VIP Ticket includes early access to the Grand Tasting Tent at 7:00PM The most delicious things happen after dark! The Grand Tasting Tent transforms into a steamy, sultry, sexy affair. Sip fine wines and expertly crafted cocktails while mingling with the chefs, winemakers and mixologists who make this delicious event possible. Dance into the night on the legendary Union Square. Entertainment by The Black Market Jazz Orchestra. Proceeds benefit Meals On Wheels of San Francisco, …
Get ready to party hop from the vibrant piazzas of Milan, to the laid-back beaches of the South Pacific, to the electric streets of Tokyo and the well-worn streets of the Barbary Coast as San Francisco-based Campari America curates an exuberant evening of worldly cocktails and James Beard worthy bites. Come ready to explore as the Bay Areas’ favorite bar personalities and chefs create unique spins on flavors and trends from across the globe. This …
They’ve already proven themselves once—which team of chefs will take home the prize in our final round? Two talented duos will compete in the ultimate mystery ingredient cooking challenge to see who has what it takes to rise above the rest. Their fate will be in the hands of our judges: Carolyn Alburger (Eater), Anjan Mitra (Dosa), Margo True (Sunset) and Drew Nieporent. Lively commentary will be provided by our emcee, Liam Mayclem (Foodie Chap …
Start your morning off right with donuts! Learn from two local experts just how easy and satisfying it is to make donuts from scratch at home. Laurel Davis, head donut maker at Donut Savant in Oakland, will show you how to make traditional donuts in not-so-traditional shapes and flavors (think apple fritters). Thy Tran, food writer, culinary instructor, and founder of the Asian Culinary Forum, will share her secrets for a dim sum favorite: tender, …
The lesser known but impressive wine country of Iberia is producing many of the most exciting European wines today. Unique varietals, definitive terroir and a signature wine style free of international homogeneity combine to create a Portuguese wine imprint that always memorable from the first glass. Sommelier Eugenio Jardim will lead you through a master class tasting of six wines exploring a range of Portuguese bottlings. A not to miss eno-opportunity!
Chef Marcus Samuelsson and illy Master Barista Giorgio Milos will host an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, served with a selection of regional dishes. This traditional ceremony involves processing the raw, unwashed coffee beans into finished cups of coffee. Each guest will leave with a gift bag that includes a copy of Samuelsson’s new book, Yes, Chef and other coffee goodies. The acclaimed chef will be on hand afterwards to sign books.
Join Fine Cooking’s Senior Editor Denise Mickelsen, libation expert Camper English of Alcademics.com and bar stars Neyah White and Brooke Arthur for a pre-tent palate priming. We’ll discuss (and taste!) a delicious category of drinks that many Americans are unaware or wary of—aperitifs. These light, low-impact, before-dinner drinks are just the thing to prepare your taste buds for a full day of tasting. Don’t miss this lively discussion about what makes a great aperitif and …
The Antinori family has been making wine in Tuscany since 1385 – 100 years before Columbus sailed to America. Six centuries and 26 generations later Antinori remains a global leader. The family’s passion for Cabernet Sauvignon has led them to two groundbreaking Cabernet-focused projects in the United States: Col Solare, a joint venture with Chateau Ste. Michelle on Washington’s Red Mountain; and Antica Napa Valley, the family’s estate on Atlas Peak in Napa Valley. Join …
VIP Ticket includes early access to the Grand Tasting Tent at 12:30PM. What inspires San Francisco’s best chefs? Our trend-setting chefs, winemakers, brewers and mixologists will take you on an all-you-can-savor culinary adventure. Learn the stories behind the food as chefs share the dishes, flavors and ingredients that inspire them. Sip, savor and delight as some of the Bay Area’s most innovative chefs and experts share their secrets, live on the demo stage and in …
The Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival 2012 will “showcase wine and spirits luminaries such as Gary Moterosso, Michael Green and Caesars’ top in-house culinary talents. The festival will offer many events such as cooking demonstrations, wine tasting and spirits seminars, and walk-around tasting events.”
Some of the highlights include:
The Grand Market: Eat, drink and indulge your way through this tasting village, showcasing more than 100 stations featuring food samples, New Jersey wine tasting, spirits and more from world-renowned restaurants and brands.
Mia Seminar Series: America’s premier wine-tasting seminars return to the shore with Michael Green’s hands-on seminar, designed to educate oenophiles with exemplary wines from around the world.
Book Store & Signings: Throughout the weekend, festival goers are given a wonderful opportunity to shop for their favorite cookbooks from the festival personalities and meet their favorite culinary idols.
Define “Cheese-Steak”: Join our guest celebrity chef as he walks you through a who’s who of cheese steaks while local sub shops battle it out for votes in the contest to find the “Best Of” this Philadelphia classic.
Sunset Sliders, Sushi & Saki: Summer nights along the Jersey coastline are like none other and when you add a chic, rooftop party with Sushi & Saki, then it must be at Caesars. This is our unique version of a ‘surf and turf’ party atop the Pool Deck at Caesars, all paired with Saki tasting.
Sweet & Stylish: Blending designer fashion and sensual desserts, Chef Buddy Valastro from Cake Boss and owner of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, NJ, will create the ultimate nightlife event and one-of-a-kind showcase of style and decadance, displaying favorite specialty cocktails and sweets for your tasting pleasure.
This year, Caesars Entertainment has partnered with local charity, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, to be the official sponsor of the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival. The community Food Bank of NJ fights hunger and poverty by distributing food and groceries, providing education and training and developing new programs to help low income individuals meet their basic needs. As a non-profit organization, The Community Food Bank of NJ acts as the central food distribution center for other non-profits in New Jersey that serve individuls including local soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters.
Attend the Festival del Sole 2012, in the lush rolling foothills of Napa Valley. This festival combines music, wine, cuisine and art in the magnificent landscape of the Napa Vineyards. The Festival runs for 10 days, from July 13th to the 22nd.
Outstanding musical concerts highlight internationally renowned soloists, orchestras and ensembles over a 10-day period in candlelit wine cellars and outdoor amphitheatres. The Festival also presents the best in ballet and dance as part of the Dede Wilsey Dance Series.
The program has been expanded to include jazz and popular music. The Festival del Sole incorporates an array of events including: art exhibitions, culinary events, wine tastings, lectures and other literary events. Celebrity chefs featured at the Festival have been “Thomas Keller, Cat Cora, Michael Chiarello and Gary Danko.”
The Festival has a noble educational mission that incorporates the Bouchaine Young Artist Series (sponsored by Bouchaine Winery). This provides performance opportunities for emerging local talent. The Festival dedicates special events each season to support charitable causes including:
” Napa arts organizations, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Redford Center. Outreach programs encompass distribution of free concert tickets to groups serving children and seniors, and activities designed for families.”
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com