Go Wild with Truffles

Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in Florida Winefest & Auction, Food, Notable Personalities, Wild Truffle Tasting & Festival, Wine | 0 comments

Autumn Events ~ Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch Wild Truffle Tasting and Festival November 16 and 17 2012 Celebrity Chef Christopher Covelli returns from a Tuscany area school of cooking to launch this autumn event at Lakewood Ranch. As the chef-in-residence and general manager of the Lakewood Ranch Viking Culinary Center (www.lwrviking.com), he unveils an extraordinary event. It’s a tasting of wild things, and a discovery of aromas that evoke dreams of the Renaissance dining experience. This event, held Friday,...

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St. Paddy’s Day Baked and Roasted

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in Food, Fun, Recipes, Wine | 0 comments

Corned Beef, Cabbage, and Wine? Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with a few new twists. Instead of boiling the poor thing, give this traditional Irish dish some respect. Bake it. You’ll be surprised at the difference. This is our favorite recipe (minus the green beer) for a historically flavorless meal. And, although we all like a great glass of ale with this, trying to find a wine that pairs well with it is challenging. For starters, the meat is spiced with an unusual assortment of herbs and is often salty....

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Corned Beef and Roasted Cabbage

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in Food, New Recipes, Recipes, Wine | 0 comments

St. Paddy’s Day Favorites – Traditional Irish Dishes with a Twist – Baked Corned Beef and Roasted Cabbage – scroll below for the recipes. (continued) your favorite beer, ale, or stout. According to Joe Power of AnotherWineBlog.com, he likes Guinness, and says it is the simplest answer. He notes that Guinness has “the smooth, nutty flavors start sweet and finish bitter. Each of those notes will compliment the flavors in the dish. The taste is big enough to stand up to the...

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Florida Winefest and Auction April 12 to 15

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in Food, Fun, Recipes, Wine | 0 comments

Florida Winefest and Auction April 12 to 15

Here are a few of the events scheduled in Sarasota from April 12 to 15. It’s the Florida Winefest and Auction charity dinners and escapades. Wear diamonds and white-tie attire at a gourmet dinner and wine event on Saturday, April 14. Reserve a spot for the Grand Titanic Dinner in Sarasota. It’s an innovative dinner party sponsored by the Florida Winefest and Auction (FWA), and raises funds for children’s charities in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The Grand Titanic Dinner on Saturday, April 14,...

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Events :: Balloon Glow Dinner :: February 24 2012

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Food, Fun, Notable Personalities, Wine | 0 comments

Kate Sullivan, publisher of About the Town.com, interviews Chef Paul Mattison. On a private ranch, close to Sarasota, more than 200 “foodies” attended the exclusive Balloon Glow Dinner, the first event held in 2012 by the FloridaWinefest.org (FWA), and it kicks off a new idea for dining out. The Balloon Glow Dinner 2012 is a preview of the newly designed charity parties scheduled for FWA’s 2013 season. We had an exciting time out at the private ranch owned by the Herschberger family. Chef Paul...

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