Plan to attend the 15th annual Taste Alexander Valley in California.
WHEN: May 18, 19 and 20, 2012 in Sonoma County’s majestic Alexander Valley appellation.
More than 30 wineries will open their vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms for guests. Enjoy the latest releases of world class wines from grapes grown in the fertile Alexander Valley.
The opening celebration on Friday is at the exclusive 53-acre hillside vineyard of the Lancaster Estate Winery at the southermost tip of the ALexander Valley www.lancaster-estate.com. From 5-8 pm, the outdoor celebration will feature reserve and library wines from throughout the Valley. Guests can mingle with local vintners, growers and winemakers.
Notable local guest chefs will include Josh Silvers of Jackson’s Bar & Oven and Petite Syrah Bistro; as well as, Jeff Mall of Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar; and Carlo Cavallo of Meritage Sonoma.
There will be live entertainment including: blues, swing and jazz sounds. Enjoy the sounds of Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums at www.luckylounge.com
On Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th, from 11am to 4pm, wineries will host individual events throughout the Alexander Valley.
Attend the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience. The five-day annual event often sells out many of its wine and food seminars and events. Many hotels have special festival packages. Some hotel packages include accommodations for two, tickets to the Grand Tasting and other special amenities.
WHEN: MAY 22—26, 2012
NOWFE is dedicated to fighting hunger and supporting culinary education. The 2012 beneficiaries will share 100% of the proceeds. Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana will receive 40% and the following will share the remaining 60%: the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s ProStart Program, Delgado Culinary Arts School, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts’ Culinary Program, the John Folse Culinary Institute and the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans. www.nowfe.com
The Hotel Monteleone (Host Hotel): $595/two-night double occupancy package, taxes included • Welcome cocktail in the historic Carousel Bar for two • Two tickets to the Royal Street Stroll • Two tickets to the Grand Tasting (Friday or Saturday) $430/two-night single occupancy package, taxes included • Welcome cocktail in the historic Carousel Bar for one • One ticket to the Royal Street Stroll • One ticket to the Grand Tasting (Friday or Saturday)
Royal Sonesta Hotel: $159/night, plus taxes (Sunday – Thursday); $229/night, plus taxes (Friday & Saturday); single or double occupancy; additional adult $40 (travel dates May 22 – 27, 2012) • Welcome amenity of select wine and gourmet cheese tray
Additional nights may be reserved based on availability, and prices are set at the discretion of the individual hotel. For more about the packages, individual NOWFE event tickets, and complete information about New Orleans Wine & Food Experience visit www.nowfe.com.
NOWFE 2012 will be held May 22 – 26, 2012. In an effort to fight hunger and support culinary education, the 2012 beneficiaries will share 100% of the proceeds. Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana will receive 40% and the following will share the remaining 60%: the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s ProStart Program, Delgado Culinary Arts School, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts’ Culinary Program, the John Folse Culinary Institute and the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans. For additional press information, including downloadable images, contact Liz Bodet 504.583.5550, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the media center at www.nowfe.com.
At the Spring Wine Festival, there will be candlelit tours of the mansion with live jazz on the east lawn overlooking the Potomac. Visit the wine cellar and learn about George Washinton’s passion for wine.
Tickets are $35 and are on sale at the Ford Orientation Center or online.
**Please note: Individual tickets for Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 are sold out.
Guests sample wines from 16 Virginia wineries. Here’s a list of participating wineries:
AmRhein Wine Cellars, Barboursville Winery, Barrel Oak Winery, Chester Gap Cellars, DelFosse Winery, Desert Rose Winery, Fabbioli Cellars, Fox Meadow Winery, Gray Ghost Vineyards, Hiddencroft Vineyards, Horton Vineyards, James River Cellars, Philip Carter Winery, Prince Michel Winery, Rockbridge Vineyard, Veritas Vineyard & Winery and Wintergreen Winery.
The annual festival Nantucket Wine Festival begins with a Harbor Gala! The Gala will be held at the White Elephant Hotel on Thursday, May 17th at 6:00 pm.
Tastings showcase more than 200 wineries, chefs, and food purveyors. The Grand Tasting will be held at the newly renovated Nantucket Yacht Club.
There will be Wine & Food Seminars including a seminar featuring Damon Baehrel, owner/chef of The Basement Bistro.
Luncheon Symposia will unfold with a one-hour symposium at some of the best addresses in Nantucket featuring distinguished winemakers who will lead a discussion of their wines. Each of these events will be limited to 30-60 people. Immediately after the symposium, the guests will be treated to a four-course luncheon of superb cuisine featuring the wines of the guest winemakers.
Celebrity Chef & Winemaker Auction Dinner will be held at the White Elephant, followed by an auction of rare wines. This event will be held on Saturday, May 19th, at 7:00 pm. at the White Elephant. This dinner will feature the cuisine of Executive Chef Bernard Guillas of The Marine Room in San Diego and Executive Chef Frederick Bisaillon of the Brant Point Grill. Dinner will be paired with the wines of Veuve Clicquot and Numanthia. The Auction benefits the Nantucket Historical Association. Tickets are $250 per person.
Get your tickets for the 4th ANNUAL COCHON 555; the ultimate 2012 Swine, Wine and Dine Event!
WHEN: APRIL 29, 2012, 4 pm VIP opening; 5 pm General Admission
WHERE: Four Seasons Chicago at 120 East Delaware
TICKETS: $125 per person for general admission; $200 for VIP, which includes one hour early access to sample dishes from three of the competing chef stations, welcome cocktails from The King’s Ginger, artisan cheeses from Pastoral Artisan Cheese, and Hama Hama Oysters and chance to win a year supply of meat and cheese from Cochon 555 and Murray’s Cheese.
Slow-roasting pig on a rotisserie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
COCHON 555 is a one-of-a-kind traveling culinary Swine-a-thon competition. “There are five chefs, five pigs, five winemakers and atasting event to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs. The event challenges five local chefs to prepare a menu created from heritage breed pigs, nose-to-tail, for an audience of pork-loving epicureans.”
CHICAGO’s Five Chefs include: Carlos Gaytan of Mexique, Danny Grant of RIA and Balsan, Stephanie Izard of Girl and the Goat, Mike Sheerin of Three Floyds and Jason Vincent of Nightwood. There will be treated an epic pork feast of five whole heritage pigs prepared by five chefs and wines from five family wineries, including Chase Cellars, Elk Cove, Buty, Yorba Wines and Scholium Project. The evening will also include wines from SALDO, Cornerstone and a blind tasting contest from Robert Kacher Selections.
You can watch a butcher demonstration from Rob Levitt of Butcher & Larder. Take your chance to win cookware through an interactive tasting contest with Andrew Zimmerman of Sepia and Le Creuset. The event will include beers from Anchor Brew, tastings of Chinaco Tequila, Three Floyd’s. Enjoy a “Perfect Manhattan” from the Cochon 555 bar with Daniel Hyatt of Alembic SF featuring Templeton Rye, Hirsch, Angel’s Envy, Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, Hudson Whiskey’s Baby Bourbon and Luxardo. Kevin Hickey of recently opened Allium at the Four Seasons Chicago serves a Heritage BBQ whole hog family meal.
If you follow my posts, you know that I love any opportunity to attend a Food and Wine Festival. You can enjoy three days of remarkable culinary experiences with some of the finest chefs in North America at the annual Cooking for Solutions Festival 2012 at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.There will be a fabulous Friday Gala as well as small-group Food and Wine Adventures. Get your tickers for the “Cooking for Solutions” Festival 2012 in Magnificent Monterey Bay ASAP because the events are selling out quickly!
Don’t miss and the exciting Sustainable Seafood Challenge! You’ll have a weekend of fun with plenty of opportunities to enjoy great chefs and fine food and wine. “Discover ways to save the oceans—one meal at a time.”
Monterey Bay Aquarium (Photo credit: Tiffany Silva)
“Wine Riot is your all access pass to hundreds of new wines. With two parts education and one part revolution, Wine Riot has reinvented “wine tasting” for the thirsty and curious. Grab a glass and hit the floor — it’s you unleashed against 250 wines from across the globe. Travel the world of wine all under one roof and tackle things you’ve never tried before. We’ve rallied up a team of die-hard experts to bring you the brain juice: interactive booths and crash courses loaded with tips and tricks for conquering the wine world. Fueling your night of conquest is a tireless DJ, photo booth, temporary tattoos, and a few thousand of your closest friends. The best part is, we made an app that tracks your favorite wines and shows you where to buy them later, arming you with all the tools needed for total wine domination.”
The free annual event has been held on the first Friday in May for the last 26 years. Blankets and lawn chairs will converge on the edge of the Waccamaw River as locals and visitors gather for entertainment from local and regional bands. The performances begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue until dusk.
Enjoy Jazz and Gospel music. The festival also includes artist exhibits and demonstrations from the genres of painting, pottery, jewelry, glass, metal and mixed media.
Chicora Car Club will be hosting a classic car show and downtown merchants will invite guests into their businesses. Local specialties such as chicken bog will be offered in addition to hot dogs and hamburgers. Local chefs will also offer some gourmet choices.
Make plans to attend the Vinitaly World Tour as they take their show on the road. At the Vinitaly World Tour 2012 you can sample wine from Italy’s twenty spectacular wine regions. Here are just a few of the wines that will be available:
Vinitaly is the ambassador of Italian wine and the Vinitaly Tour organizes a series of events in many of the most important cities in India, US, Russia, Sweden, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea. The goal of the tours are to facilitate collaboration and communication between Italian producers and the key players of the wine sector.
The Vinitaly Tour format combines:
• Educational sessions: with round tables and panel discussion to facilitate the dialogue between Italian producers and foreign trade
• B2B events: seminars, interviews, round tables and tastings, which involve institutional representatives, buyers, distributors, food and beverage managers, sommeliers, opinion leaders and specialized press
• B2C events: walk-around tasting, charity tasting, where is highly concentrated a wide range of quality Italian wine
Vinitaly is the largest wine fair in the world with over 4,500 producers and over 150,000 visitors, including 45,000 from foreign countries). The event is held every year. One of the largest wine events in the world is called VinItaly with about 4000 exhibitors. This year’s event was held in Verona from March 25-28, 2012 in Verona, Italy.Visit www.vinitaly.com for more information
Plan to attend Buenos Aires Art Basel. This event draws two dozen Latin American Galleries from Brazil to Venezuela, Europe and the US to Argentina for this 5 day contemporary art extravaganza.
The arteBA Foundation was formed 21 years ago. Since that time, it has been organizing what has become one of the region’s most important contemporary art fairs.
This extravaganza promotes Argentine and Latin American art. Each year curators, collectors and visitors from all over the world come to enjoy the exciting cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. The fair gives broader visibility to well-established artists and serves as a launching point for emerging artists.
In Buenos Aires, take time to attend the Sunday market at San Telmo and enjoy a Tango Show. Behold the architectural beauty of Buenos Aires with a vibrant night-life and a vast array of cultural offerings. You can even take a day trip on a ferry to Colonia del Sacremento Uruguay; a World Heritage Site.