In my surfing this week I’ve found, what I hope is fun, interesting and helpful food information. Here is this weeks roundup:
o Saveur put together The Best Cocktails of 2011 and where to drink them
o Just in time for your Thanksgiving pie, a guide to attractive and doable options for decorating the crust from, yes, Paula Deen
o Philadelphia Weekly came up with 50-Plus Things You Must Eat & Drink
o Uwishunu has a roundup of Philly Secrets with hidden bars and restaurants
o The food website Foobooz rounded up their 50 Foobooz 2011 Top Bars
o The National Geographic dubs Capagiro the #1 place to eat ice cream in THE WORLD!
o thekitchn.com has a good turkey buying tip, see double, not big
o Food & Wine names Supper’s fried chicken one of the best in America
Last weekend we had the pleasure of attending our third annual wine event benefiting the Triskeles Foundation. If you haven’t heard of that organization, I encourage you to click through and learn about the great things they are doing in the western suburbs to help disadvantaged youth.
This years challenge was a blind tasting which pitted French wines against Australian and New Zealand wines.
Our introduction to these evenings of deliciousness began three years ago with an invitation from our friend and board member Jim Norris, who very generously donates the wines that we taste.
James Beard award winner and editor for ForbesLife, Richard Nalley led us through our tasting. He entertained us with stories of the dinners and conversation he has had with many of the winemakers whose wines we tasted.
In charge of the food for the evening, as usual, was Chef Charlie Orlando,who owns the Yellow Springs Inn.
Even the food got into the competition pitting Australian lamb against Icelandic lamb. Which do you think was which?
The cranberry bread pudding was amazing! Which lamb chop do you think we liked best?
An added bonus was Chris Curtin of Êclat Chocolates at our table. (That is dear hubby on the left.) And yes, Chris brought chocolates. The salted Dark Caramels will make you swoon.
Our table hard at work deciding which was the French wine and which was the Australian or New Zealand wine. Jim DID NOT influence our decisions.
VERY hard at work!
An auction for various lots of wine was conducted . . .
and the scores were tabulated for the various tables. We were the winning table and each went home with a nice bottle of wine and a wine opener! Already looking forward to next year.
As Beaujolais noveau season is almost upon us, I’ve discovered the perfect map for lovers of French wine on the website ‘big think.’ It allows for the non-expert like me to understand the difference between region and appellation and where the main grape varieties are grown.
533 – Next Stop Beaujolais: A Metro Map of French Wines