The package includes a bottle of the winery’s iconic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a bottle of Cabernet Chocolate Sauce, a jar of Merlot Chocolate Fudge and a copy of “The Little Book of Chocolates.” You can spend the night in the comfort of your home drinking the Bordeaux-style cabernet and taking in the rich smell of warm chocolate permeating your home. Enjoy the chocolate sauce and fudge with various treats, or drizzle some directly on to your sweetie to spice things up. This couldn’t have made Cupid’s job any easier.
Besides creating a fun and wallet-friendly date activity, the package itself is an extraordinary value. The package costs just $50, which is about half the price of the contents if purchased separately. Consumers nationwide will be able to buy the package directly from www.sequoiagrove.com.
Celery (1 bunch chopped)
Onions (2 chopped)
Garlic (about 4 toes)
Green peppers (3 chopped)
Tomatoes (1 can)
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (white for smell, red for the burn & black for the taste.)
Paprika (to taste)
Bay leaves (1-2)
Shrimp (1 ½ pounds)
White or Red wine – chef’s preference
Sauté onions, peppers, celery in butter. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, paprika, bay leaves, White wine. Simmer 25-30 minutes. Add shrimp for a final five minutes. Serve with rice.
All recipes serve small to large fire stations/households. Countless calories, fat and carbohydrates. Good for energy needed to fight fires and/or reclining in front of the TV after playing cards for who does the dishes.Ed’s Wines:
“The theory is to cook with the same wine that you’re drinking but I never do. Don’t spend more than $15 on a wine you plan on just cooking with.” I don’t usually argue with the cook but my husband is known from time to time to toss his own coveted wine, from his glass, into a dish just to keep the guests entertained. Red Wine – use White Zinfandel as Marsala Wine can be too sweet for Chicken. White Wine – Fume Blanc which is a little lighter than a chardonnay for Clam and Shrimp meals.
Our 1st annual Valentine’s Day takes a turn from the serious and heads to the devinely fun! Romantics in the mood for a unique Valentine’s Day experience need to bop on down to Orfila Vineyards & Winery for a night of wine, romance and 1950s style FUN.
Guests will enjoy diner-inspired eats and cool treats in our Escondido Tasting Room and be one of the first to experience our new Barrel Room. We’re turning up the tunes so everyone can Rock ‘n roll to the sounds of our authentic juke box.
Theme wear is enocuraged – nifty 50s threads,
poodle skirts, bowling shirts, letterman jackets & leather welcome!
*This event is NOT a formal sit down dinner.
Reservations required. $85 per person. Tickets can be ordered by calling (800) 868-9463 (outside of San Diego County)
(877) 727-9463 (within San Diego County) or online at www.orfila.com
Orfila Vineyards and Winery is located at 13455 San Pasqual Road, Escondido, approximately two miles from Interstate15’s Via Rancho Parkway exit. The tasting room is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. everyday, except major holidays. Free-guided tours are scheduled each afternoon at 2 p.m.
All Volunteer Staff, Vendors Contributing Food and Wine to
Donate 100% of Evening Revenue to MSF
WHAT: WILSHIRE RESTAURANT announces that Chef Luis Pous of Little Palm Resort in Florida will join Executive Chef Andrew Kirchner for Sunday’s benefit dinner for Doctors Without Borders and has confirmed actor Paul Ben-Victor of “In Plain Sight,” “Entourage” and “The Wire” as the evening’s Emcee.
WILSHIRE restaurant is dedicating Sunday, January 31, 2010 to an evening of dining to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and their work to assist victims of the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Owner Dr. Steven Levine, Executive Chef Andrew Kirschner, General Manager Nick Fielding and the entire Wilshire staff are working in partnership for the benefit dinner. The dining room and kitchen staff will generously contribute their time and forgo gratuities to produce the benefit dinner. Additionally, the management has secured ample donations from their food and wine vendors to make 100% of the evening’s tally go to Doctors Without Borders in their efforts with Haiti’s earthquake victims.
Just added to the silent auction are a 2 Nights at Gamble Family Vineyards with private 4 BD guesthouse, 3 Night Stay at Little Palm Island in Florida, 1 Night at the Palomar Hotel, a pair of LA Laker tickets, Autographed Twilight memorabilia, Wilshire catered dinner for 10, Select DVD package from The Weinstein Company, LA Dodgers vs. SF Giants tickets (SF), and library wines from Bonaccorsi, Melville and Stonestreet, with many more items to come. The dinner, a collaboration of signature dishes by Andrew Kirschner and Luis Pous, will be served family style with group seating to encourage guest interaction.
The dinner is priced at $75 per guest; $110 with wine pairings, all-inclusive, with 100% of gross benefiting MSF’s efforts in Haiti.
WHEN: Sunday, January 31, 2010; Champagne Reception: 6 – 7 p.m.; Silent Auction to conclude at 8:45 p.m. Seated Dinner: 7 p.m.
WHERE: WILSHIRE, 2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310.586.1707
WHY: WILSHIRE is a neighborhood restaurant long dedicated to giving back to the community. In light of the recent tragedy in Haiti, the staff was galvanized to take action and personally raise funds for the Haitian victims.
ABOUT: Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Today, MSF provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion, or natural disasters.
What could be better than an evening of wine, food and art?
Tesoro Winery features Southern California artist Jim Bates in their Old Town Temecula tasting room on February 11, 2010, at 7 PM.
Art and wine enthusiasts are invited to meet the artist, enjoy a sample of Tesoro’s featured wine, nibble on artisan local cheeses – all while leisurely pondering the fine art of Jim Bates.. and all for FREE.
Tesoro Winery owners Buzz and Kimberly Olson in conjunction with The Fallbrook Area Visitors Bureau showcase this artist who paints full time. “That’s all I do. Except for walking my dog and helping my wife keep our lives on track, every day I’m standing at my easel. Oh, and I do get in a round of golf now and then!”
*Freedom of Expression by Jim Bates.
About Jim Bates
Some paintings tell a story, others capture a fleeting glance to let the observer experience a personal emotional moment. The planned and frequently accidental experience of mixing
water with pigment is spiritual.
“I am inspired by the moment. My paintings using only three primary colors are rich and bold colorful evocative images derived through many translucent layers of watercolor glazes. “
His eight Galleries depict topics he tends to favor: Music, from hot jazz to classical piano; Animals, and the portraits of beloved pets and wild deer and horses; Landscapes where he’s stood taking in nature’s wonders in the US and Europe; Sports for a whimsical look at fishing, golf, poker and conversation; Still Life that captivates through shapes and colors; and “Heroes” he admires. Uniquely Fallbrook is a hometown favorite.
So Cal Artist Series
Thursday, February 11, 7-9 p.m.
28475 Old Town Front Street at 6th in Old Town Temecula (951) 308-0000
Although the event is FREE, an RSVP is helpful for planning purposes. Guests are encouraged to let the winery know they are coming by signing up at http://tesorowineryjimbates.eventbrite.com/
Windward Vineyard and Rocky Canyon Farm are Guest Winery and Purveyor for February 1 Dinner
Artisan, the acclaimed American Bistro by brothers Chris and Mike Kobayashi in the heart of Paso Robles, announces the February 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.
The February lineup for Artisan’s Monday Night Suppers is scheduled as follows:
February 1 – WINDWARD VINEYARD/ROCKY CANYON FARM
February 8 – SILVER HORSE & BODEGAS PASO ROBLES/BLOOM MICROGREENS & OLD CREEK RANCH
February 15 – L’AVENTURE/OLEA FARM & TERRACE HILL OLIVE CO
February 22 – TREANA/HAPPY ACRES 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 guest winemaker, 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 2008 and was recently the 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 complete Monday Supper menu listings.
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
You may think we are living in the 21st century, but the effects of the 20th century’s Prohibition laws live on today. Saturday was the 90th anniversary of Prohibition’s enactment – January 16, 1920 – with the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution, so I thought I would provide a link for those interested in reviewing its history (thanks to Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prohibition_in_the_United_States. To quote Laurence Tribe, the great Harvard legal scholar, “The Eighteenth Amendment, it should be said, is nearly everybody’s prime example of a constitutionally dumb idea.”
For those who did not see it, Dave McIntyre of the Washington Post wrote an article yesterday entitled “Why Maryland consumers can’t buy wine online” in which he says:
“Direct shipping will not be the end of the traditional three-tier system of winery-wholesaler-retailer. Consumers will still buy most of their wine in stores, where they can taste a sample before investing, benefit from the advice of a trusted retailer and return the occasional off bottle. But direct shipping will allow consumers access to the variety of wines available. It will benefit consumers. It will benefit the Maryland wine industry. And it will benefit Maryland. It’s time to pass this law.”
We couldn’t agree more! Please be sure to forward the following petition link to your friends and neighbors so we can represent their interests before their elected officials and follow Dave McIntyre’s advice:
We have over 1,200 people signed up on our way to 10,000 and need as many as possible from different districts. Feel free to personalize your comments. There are some real zingers!
Marylanders for Better Beer & Wine Laws
4315 Underwood Road
Baltimore, MD 21218
Tel: (443) 570-8102
Last year’s professional musicians “rocked the REP” during an “Evening of Entertainment” to benefit the after-school dramatic arts program at the Boys & Girls Club.
Thursday, Feb. 4
No host cocktails 6:30 p.m. Show at 8 p.m.
Tickets $35 per person
Tickets $35 per person
Please RSVP soon as seating is limited
A casual evening of friends,fun and wonderful music performed by professionals
on the stage of the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 Main Street, Newhall.
Showdown Stage Co. a 501 (3) C corporation
Tax ID# 20-5905547
Donations grateful accepted
For tickets contact:
Michele Buttelman (661) 478 8739
All tickets must be prepaid by check, cash or credit card through Paypal. Call for information.
Lagar de Cervera Albarino 2007
Chilean Seabass with a White Wine Butter Sauce, Olives, Tomatoes and Capers on a bed of Sautéed Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Carrots.
Castillo del Baron Monastrell 2008
Kobe Beef Skirt Steak
Seared Rare American Kobe beef Skirt Steak on a bed of baby Mixed Greens with Balsamic Reduction and topped with Crumbled Manchego Cheese.
Baron di Ona Rioja Reserva 1999
Filete con Congrejo
3 oz. Filet Mignon and Crab Legs accompanied with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and served with a Chipotle Spicy Cream Sauce.
Vina Herminia Reserva 2001
Chocolate Graham Mousse
Chocolate Graham mousse on Graham Cracker topped with Rich Chocolate Sprinkles.
$99 per person, all inclusive, 6:30pm reception, 7:00 dinner. Call Valencia Wine Co for Reservations (661)254-9300