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New Orleans Wine and Food Experience 2012

Foodies and Wine Enthusiats should make plans to attend the 20th anniversary New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE). Get your tickets for seminars and events before they sell out @

WHEN: May 22-26, 2012

John Besh
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NOWFE features over 1,000 wines and dozens of international culinary powerhouses including Chef John Besh and John Folse. At the  “Grand Tasting” Event, the finest chefs from New Orleans will participate in the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off, a competition between Louisiana’s top 10 Chefs!

WHERE: The New Orleans Convention Center, HALL J; Friday May 25th 6:00 – 9:00pm

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“Over the past 20 years the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience has raised more than $1 million for non-profit organizations, while showcasing local food and chefs, and national and international wines.  This year 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.”

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @

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Inside Columbia Missouri’s Wine and Food Festival 2012

Columbia, MO
Columbia, MO (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: May 14-19, 2012

Grand Tasting on Friday, May 20, 2011, 5 to 8 p.m. @ the Holiday Inn Expo Center Tickets: $50 Per Person

WHERE: Columbia Missouri

The Boone County Courthouse in Columbia, Missouri.
The Boone County Courthouse in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Make plans to engage in six days of extraordinary cuisine and more than 400 world-class wines! This “festival highlights the area’s best chefs and pairs their unique talents with the creations of winemakers from around the world for an experience that transcends the boundaries of Collegetown, USA.” The region’s finest chefs and appellations will be showcased.

Jesse Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia
Jesse Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Columbia, located in the center of Missouri, between St. Louis and Kansas City. Columbia is a college town; the home of the University of Missouri and the Columbia College system.

University of Missouri seal
University of Missouri seal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In addition to our featured restaurants and wineries, the festival’s schedule of events incorporates other favorite CoMo pastimes such as shopping, art and exploration! Keep checking back for updated information and event news!

The Grand Tasting will feature more than 220 wineries with samples of more than 400 of their finest varietals.


Every guest will receive a complimentary Riedel wine glass for tasting.


*Must be 21 to attend. Wine available while supplies last.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @



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Top Chefs Display Culinary Prowess at South Beach BBQ Marathon

The South Beach Wine and Food Festival had a kick-off event for the South Beach Foodie Marathon 2012 called “Q”. The BBQ extravaganza highlighted top chefs and their culinary prowess. Restaurants across the nation participated in this fabulous event. The event was held at the glitzy Ritz Carlton‘s “Delano” Beachside venue at 1685 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach.

The event was pesented by Allen Brothers Steaks
The Q at the South Beach Food and Wine Festival 2012

The event was presented by Allen Brothers Steaks and hosted by Emeril Lagasse and Guy Fieri featuring plenty of Moet & Chandon Champagne and the best BBQ chefs from across the nation. The chefs prepared and served their signature barbecue specialties from the grills and smokers.

Guy Fieri co-owns five restaurants in California. He served a Panh Mi Taco with BBQ fried rice from his Tex Wasabi Restaurant.

Q at South Beach
Emeril Lagasse at South Beach Q

Emeril Lagasse, A a regional James Beard Award winner, prepared Slow Roasted Spare Ribs with Abita Root Beer BBQ Sauce from Emeril’s Restaurant.

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Michael White from Osteria Morini & Altamarea Group prepared grilled panchetta with Saba-glazed Figs and Toasted Pistachios.

John Rivers prepared BBQ Brisket and Pork Strret Tacos with Cilantro Creme Fraiche and Smoked Pico de Gallo served with Hickory Smoked Rioja infused manchego Croquettes topped with warm garlic and honey vinaigrette.

Yoshi Katsumura served BBQ Wagyu Short Ribs with Yuzu BBQ sauce and candied Yuzu knin on a Scallion pancake shochu with infused watermelon salad

Stephanie Izard at Q in South Beach

Stephanie Izard from Chicago was working her Girl and the Goat magic! She was the winner of the fourth season of Top Chef, Bravo‘s cooking competition show.

Girl in the Kitchen by Stephanie Izard
Chef Stephanie Izard from Chicago
Purple Pig from Chicago at Q in South Beach

Jimmy Bannos and his dad from the Purple Pig in Chicago showed off their magnificent porchetta.

Jimmy Bannos Jr.
Pretty big bottle opener Chef

The Regis put out an impressive spread. Richard Gras and Jordi Valles from the J & G Grill at the St. Regis Bal Harbour whipped up a smoked Lamb Shoulder with Brussel Sprouts, Toasted Sesame and five spices. Then the chef took some time off to open a bottle of champagne-le sabrage (with a sword). Nice job Chef!!

That Lamb was incredible!

Dewey LoSaso from the Forge served a sliced filet sandwich and boneless Short Ribs and Lobster Marmalade.

Dewey LoSasso

Mark Zeitouni from the Lido Restaurant prepared a delicious BBQ Smoked Local Kingfish Soft Taco. Scott Conant and Michael Pirolo from Scarpetta Miami prepared Crispy Pork Shoulder with Apple Mostardo testa picked onion and micro celery.


Scarpetts Miami served Crispy Pork Shoulder
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The 8th Annual Savor Dallas Food and Wine Festival 2012

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The 8th Annual Savor Dallas Food and Wine Festival 2012 will take place on March 30th and 31st, 2012. This is the largest premium wine, food and  spirits event in Texas with over 60 of the area’s top chefs and more than 400 premium wines, spirits and beers. There will even be a concert! All of the events are fund-raisers for local organizations.

Here’s a summary of the events:

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The Arts District Wine Stroll is $35 and allows participants to enjoy wine and food tastings at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Meyerson Symphony Center and the Winspear Opera House on Friday, March 30th from 5-7 pm.

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Following the Wine Stroll, “Sips and Sounds” ($35) is scheduled at the historic Kessler Theater in the Bishop Arts District from 8-midnight with recording artist Carrie Rodriguez and tasty sips and bits from Oak Cliff Chefs.

There will be a “Great Women Chefs” ($99) event at the Milestone Culinary Arts center in Uptown Dallas on Saturday March 31st  from 11:30-1:30 led by Chef Sharon Van Meter. The ticket includes a copy of the “Cooking with Les Dames D’Escoffier” cookbook.

On Saturday, you can also enjoy a Wine and Scardello Artisan Cheese seminar for $55 at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek or a Wine Panel Tasting seminar at the Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas with Master Sommeliers James Tidwell and Drew Hendricks. ($50)

The main event will be held on Saturday, March 31st at the Irving Convention Center at 500 W. Las Colinas Boulevard. The VIP Reserve Tasting is on Saturday from 5-6:30 ($125) and will feature ultra-premium wines. This event will lead into the International Grand Tasting ($100) from 7-10 pm with top chefs serving  plenty of food and drinks. There will be a silent auction to benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

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The event has partnered with hotels in the immediate vicinity like the Four Season Dallas-Las Colinas and the Omni Mandalay Hotel for special room rates. Visit for more information.

To get tickets and see the full schedule of events visit

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @

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