Featuring 16 different Wines from Islands Around the World for the month of March:
Featuring 16 different Wines from Islands Around the World for the month of March:
This is the most affordable and relaxing arts benefit in town! On Sunday March 14 from 2-5 pm at the Hyatt on Town Center Drive enjoy outstanding art exhibits while guitarist Manak Khamvongsa, saxophonist Scott Campbell and singer Mary Courtney entertain you with an assortment of happy jazz standards and Irish love songs. You’ll also hear Gary Friedman’s RGB Jazz Quartet and other musical guests. There’ll be a most-awaited Silent Auction and “live” painting demonstrations by 6 award-winning artists. Refreshments will be served with a no-host bar. Purchase $15 early-bird tickets at Fast Frame (by Kohl’s Valencia). You may also reserve early-bird tickets by calling 661.312.3422 or 661.255.5554. It’s $25 at the door and benefits the Art Enrichment Programs of the SCV Youth and the SCV Senior Center.
This dish is super easy! Enjoy!
1 pound spaghetti
1 cup butter
3/4 pound Mizithra cheese
Cook pasta in large pot of salted, boiling water until al dente. Drain.
When pasta is almost done, start slowly melting butter over medium heat until golden. Skim butter solids off top. Toss pasta with butter. Sprinkle with cheese to taste.
(This is an interpretation of the pasta dish served at the Old Spaghetti factory.)
I ask to explain Mizithra here:
Ok. It’s a fact. You are a giver. What in the h e double hockey sticks is Mizithra cheese? AND, can we add wine or vodka to this for my blog?
Two-Rob-Roys and ready for bed,
I just don’t want to get fat alone ; )
Mizithra cheese is made from the whey from feta and kefalotiri cheeses, combined with sheep’s or goat’s milk. The Mizithra used in the recipe is aged, but there is also a fresh version. This cheese can go sweet or savory with honey and fruit as a dessert, or as a dish with olives, basil, and tomatoes. Mizithra cheese is also good as a topping on salads and pastas. I drank prosecco with the pasta and it was an awesome pairing.
Artisan, the acclaimed American Bistro by brothers Chris and Mike Kobayashi in the heart of Paso Robles, announces the March lineup of participating food and wine artisans for their Monday Night Supper series 2010. As an extension of the restaurant’s philosophy of “Farm to Table” cuisine, Artisan is offering a three course family style menu of Kobayashi’s modern American dishes, showcasing products from local food producers, including ranchers, farmers, fishmongers and creators of artisanal cheeses, honeys and olive oils. The dinners will be offered with selected paired wines from a Paso Robles vintner with the exception of the March 8 beer tasting dinner featuring the award winning pale ales of the Firestone Brewing Company in Paso Robles.
The March lineup for Artisan’s Monday Night Suppers is scheduled as follows:
MARCH 8—FIRESTONE BREWING CO. / PIER 46 SEAFOOD MARKET
MARCH 15—RANCHERO CELLARS (AMY BUTLER) & J DUSI WINES / RINCONADA DAIRY
MARCH 22—ANGLIM WINERY & ECLUSE WINES / DOS PASOS RANCH
MARCH 29—FOUR VINES WINERY / PEACOCK FAMILY FARM
Chef Kobayashi is dedicated to the exceptional ingredients from Central Coast producers who are dedicated to sustainable and organic farming, ranching and fishing. The Monday Night Supper series invites their vendors to participate in the evening and meet with guests, where they can talk about their specialized approach to raising natural food products and wines. Kobayashi will craft the dinner menu to highlight the food and wine from the week’s guest producers and winemakers. The family style meal is priced at $38 per guest; wine pairings are offered at an additional price, according to the guestwinemaker, and will be available by the glass, bottle and as a flight for two or three courses.
Monday Night Suppers 2010 Series has been received with enthusiasm from both locals and visitors. The series will run continuously through Monday, March 29, 2010. Artisan will also offer their complete menu of seasonal offerings throughout the evening.
Since its debut in 2006, Artisan has been embraced by locals, travelers and journalists around the nation. With the assistance of Shandi, Chef Chris’s wife, who leads Artisan’s wine program; brother, Mike, who oversees the business and front of house; and Tina Soto, Mike’s wife who handles all of the finances, Artisan has successfully become a family business and integral part of the growing Paso Robles community which has developed into a richly diverse wine country destination.
Artisan is committed to providing sustainable, fresh and seasonal foods. Chef Kobayashi frequents local farmers’ markets and farms to ensure the restaurant uses only the best regional and organic products when available thus supporting the community. Working closely with local producers, Kobayashi tailors the Artisan menu to showcase the best of Paso Robles and the Central Coast. Many farmers plant and grow exclusively for Artisan, providing delicata squash pumpkins, heirloom tomatoes, Nantes carrots and cavelo nero from Windrose Farms, fresh eggs from Rocky Canyon Farms, flatiron steaks from Hearst Ranch and fresh ground beef from Charter Oak for the restaurant’s menu.
Chris Kobayashi received a coveted nomination as a semi-finalist for Best Chef Pacific by the James Beard Foundation Awards in 2009 and was recently invited to return for the second year as a participating chef in “Outstanding in the Field,” a nation-wide roaming culinary dinner series that partners diners to the land and the origins of their food, thereby honoring the local farmers and food Artisans who cultivate it. Artisan has garnered a 2 star review from S. Irene Virbila, restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times and has been featured in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Sun-Times, Oakland Tribune, Bon Appetit, Sunset, Los Angeles, Angeleno, San Francisco, Central Coast and National Geographic Traveler magazines.
Sample Monday Night Supper Menu Follows / Please visit Artisan on the Web at www.artisanpasorobles.com
For reservations, the public can call:
Artisan 1401 Park Street, Paso Robles, California 93446, Phone 805.237.8084 or visit www.OpenTable.com
Become a fan of Artisan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paso-Robles-CA/Artisan/131255395232
THE WINE HOUSE and UPSTAIRS 2 RESTAURANT
are honored to have Rupert Symington, in the flesh, to conduct our first ever Port wine tasting and 4-course dinner featuring the Ports and Portuguese still wines of:
SYMINGTON FAMILY ESTATES
Tuesday March 9th, 2010
Rupert Symington is a fourth generation member of the Symington family, Port shippers in Portugal since 1882. Symington is joint CEO of the family businesses along with his cousins Paul and Johnny, and is specifically responsible for sales for the U.S. and Canada.
Symington Family is the leading producer of premium quality Ports, with the combined sales of the family’s Port companies making up over a third of all premium Port sold throughout the world. Seven Symingtons work in the family business. From managing the Douro vineyards, through winemaking, aging, and tasting, a member of the family is directly responsible for every bottle of Port they produce. Today, Symington Family Estates owns and operates several of the premium Port houses in Oporto, including such esteemed brands as W. & J. Graham, Dow and smith woodhouse.
Passed Hors d’ Oeuvres
Dow White Port with Tonic and Lime
Herb Crusted Veal Chops with Spinach Polenta
Garlic Studded Baked Tomato
and a Red Wine Sauce
2007 Qunita de Roriz Prazo de Roriz Douro Red Still Wine ($18)
2007 Dow Vale Do Bomfim Douro Red Still Wine ($14)
2007 Quinta do Vesuvio Pombal do Vesuvio Duoro Red Still Wine ($25)
Braised Kurobuta Pork Shank
Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Purple Potatoes and Red Bell Peppers
with a Port Wine Pork Jus
2007 Dow Vintage Port (Wine Spectator 94-97 pts) ($76)
2007 Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port (Tanzer 91 points) ($50)
2007 Graham Vintage Port (Wine Spectator 96-99 pts) $90
Lavender Scented Creme Brulee
Graham 20 year old Tawny Port ($55)
$80 inclusive tax and gratuity
Call The Wine House
310-479-3731, Ext. 0 (Order Desk)
Cancellations must be 72 hours prior to event for transfer or refund.
Hosted at Robinson Ranch on April 1, 2010, this year’s event is being kicked up a couple of notches. We will open the tournament at 10:30 am with a putting and chipping contest followed by a relaxing day of golf. After the golfers return we will transform the event into a wine tasting, and beer tasting extravaganza that will include a dinner buffet.
The silent and live auction is looking to be one of our best already! Thanks to Princess Cruises, we have already secured a week long cruise and there are many other treats in store for the night!!
Registration begins at 10:30 am
Tee Time is 11:30 am
Wine Tasting starts at 4:30 pm
Foursomes are only $650.00, Individuals are $175.00.
If all you want to do is enjoy the wine and dinner, you can do that too for just $40.00 per person!
Register today: http://www.singlemothersoutreach.org/news.html.
Single Mothers Outreach empowers single parents and their children by providing hope, support, and resources to help families become self-sustaining.
Tesoro Winery in Old Town Temecula, CA, is known for their spirit of giving and community participation so it’s no surprise they are once more reaching out to help those in need.
On Sunday, March 21, 2010, from noon to 4:00 PM, special $8 tastings will be offered. All tasting fees and 10 % of wine sales for the day will be donated to Catholic Charities San Bernardino/Riverside Homeless Prevention Services.
Co- owner Buzz Olson invites guests to stay on past 4 PM to, “Enjoy a spirit filled performance and a glass of wine with special musical guest and personal friend Tom Booth (composer/musician/ recording artist) at 5 PM.”
We’ve been very blessed to be able to keep a roof over our heads and our winery doors open during this terrible downturn in the economy. It’s a miracle, really and we are grateful” shares Kimberly Olson, co-owner of the winery. ” We feel strongly that we should give back what we have received, so we decided to have a whole day devoted to the less fortunate in our area that are struggling to keep their homes. So we’re sharing the wine and hoping to help.”
The causes of homelessness come in many different colors. Loss of job , low income , an increasing cost of living, lack of family and/ or community support, and mental illness, in tandem or separate, present major challenges to obtaining permanent housing.
Catholic Charities San Bernardino/Riverside , celebrating their 30th anniversary in March, works at the root levels of homelessness to transform the lives of men, women and children. In addition to receiving shelter, residents work with case managers to address and overcome the factors contributing to their homelessness. Through counseling, education, job training and support, those who were once homeless prepare for independent futures.
No reservations required.
Tesoro Winery Tasting Room:
28475 Old Town Front St. at 6th* Temecula, California 92590
Red Carpet Worth Food & Wine Tasting with the Oscars
Sunday, March 7, 2010 – $25pp
Cheer on your favorite Oscar hopefuls at Pourtal Wine Bar on Oscar Night. Watch on all three screens while enjoying a “Red Carpet Worthy” Tasting put together by Wine Director, Rachel Bryan and Chef Sean Takaki:
The Rare Wine Co. “Les Mensil” Blanc de Blancs NV Champagne
Truffle Mac & Cheese
Scholium Project “Babylon” Tenbrink Vineyards 2005 Suisun Valley
Roasted Duck and Potatoes
Villalta Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2004 Vento
OPEN MON-FRI 4PM – CLOSING
SAT AND SUN 2PM – CLOSING
104 SANTA MONICA BLVD
SANTA MONICA, CA 90401 310.393.7693