Santa Clarita is all ABUZZ waiting for September 9th and the second annual Cocktails on the Roof event, held on top of the Macy’s parking garage at Valencia Town Center! The one and only “signature cocktail” party of the year is back, New York rooftop style, with greenery, inventive lighting, DJ and Dancing (have you seen the “Thriller” teases on our FB event page?), selfie spots, cozy lounges and all the food, fun, cocktails and mocktails in our now famous mini martini glass!
Our VIP Early Entry tickets, $95, are new this year and a HUGE hit. You asked for an extra hour, YOU GOT IT. General Admission tickets, $75, enter at 9pm and our Designated Drivers are only $65. Put on your cocktail dress and remember when you used to party – plan on coming early and staying late as the fun doesn’t end until MIDNIGHT when we’ll have to kick the dancers off the dance floor, just like last year! Tickets will be sold online until NOON on Thursday, September 8th. If tickets are still available, they will be sold at the door, all levels, for $95. This event was a SELLOUT last year and there is a limited number available. Go to www.WiSHscv.org to for your tickets.
This year you also get to vote on your favorite drink! When you check in at the front entrance, you’ll receive your entry bracelet, martini glass and THREE tickets. Make sure you vote for your favorite cocktail or mocktail by 10:15, when we’ll be pulling tickets and counting the votes to announce the winners at 11pm! Stay tuned for every exciting announcement (and guest party secrets) on WiSH Education Foundation’s website, Facebook and event page.
The normally elusive and hidden Speakeasy Bakery is back, along with Vermont’s Shacksbury Hard Ciders, TPC Valencia Golf Club’s Oaks Grille, Persia Lounge & Restaurant, Sake Sommelier Yoshi Murikami with Smart Assist, Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewing Co., Sisley Italian Kitchen, Bowen’s Whiskey, California Fruit Wine, Deep Eddy Vodka, solita Tacos & Margaritas, Honu Coffee (with alcohol, too!), Newhall Refinery, Parashar’s Indian Kitchen, Olive Terrace Bar & Grill, Culinary Wonders, Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar, Salt Creek Grille, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Marston’s, iCUE (Culinary dept at College of the Canyons), LA Scotch Club, The Distillery at Opolo, Shining Suns and Dancing Daughters Blended Spirits, Sweet Beams Ice Cream 12 Bottle Bar and Xevichez Sushi Bar.
Hosted by Eve Bushman of Eve’s Wine 101 and Marlee Lauffer, President of Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation, this year promises to be another amazing event to benefit the 23,000 students of the Wm. S. Hart School District. WiSH supports programs and initiatives not supported by tax dollars. Look for our new “WiSHing Well” – an opportunity to make local public education’s “WiSHes” come true with your donations. Remember that 100% of the net proceeds of this event goes to benefit local public education through WiSH, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
WiSH would like to thank Crystal Sponsors The Magazine of Santa Clarita and Elite Magazine; Presenting Sponsor Westfield Valencia Town Center; Cocktail Sponsor Lundgren Management; Title Sponsors Littler, California Credit Union and Balfour Beatty Construction; Festival Sponsors Steven B. Chegwin, CPA, Chiquita Canyon and Julie M. Sturgeon, CPA; Rooftop Sponsors Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke and Oasis Associates and our in-kind sponsors Eve’s Wine 101, mitchpickswine.com, SOS Entertainment, Brightview Tree Company, 24/7 events, Andy Gump, Burrtec, Sol Print Solutions, Vom Fass Ventura, Enchanted Kids, KHTS and SCVTV.
WiSH asks that you be responsible – 21 & over only; please leave your car in the parking garage overnight and take alternate transportation if you need to.
New: KEEP THE #COTR16 PARTY GOING ALL MONTH LONG AT Wolf Creek Brewery every Tuesday night in September from 4-9pm – bands, corn hole tournaments, food trucks and 10% all going to benefit WiSH! Buy a Golden Eagle Ale at Wolf Creek Restaurant all month long and Wolf Creek will donate .50 per drink to WiSH.
Karen and I had planned to attend and report on the Stu and the Kids event held at the Vibiana on July 31. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make it, so I asked founder Stuart Skversky to give us some information on how the event went and the organization it supports.
On January 29, 2015 we received our 501c3 and this is when things really began to change. Getting this status showed people that we are here, here to stay, and we are going to do everything we can to help these kids. Stu and The Kids has grown from just a Word Press blog about a chef going to volunteer in Chiang Mai to now being a full blown tax-exempt, 501c3, nonprofit organization.
Stu and The Kids provide scholarships for underserved and orphaned Hill Tribe kids for continuing their education after high school in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Hill Tribe is a term used in Thailand for all of the various tribal peoples who mostly inhabit the high mountainous Northern and Western regions of Thailand, including both sides of the remote border areas between Northern Thailand, Laos and Burma. These areas are known for their thick forests and mountainous terrain. The six major hill tribes within Thailand are the Akha, Lahu, Karen, Hmong/Miao, Mien/Yao and Lisu, each with a distinct language and culture.
This year we are seeking contributions to help fund 10 more deserving kids with university scholarships. Most of our kids come from the Wat (Thai Temple) where I am a volunteer teacher. The Wat takes in all Hill Tribe kids without families or from very bad economic situations. It is very easy for the young boys to get into gangs and traffic narcotics and, for the girls, prostitution is what some of them gravitate to — lets help them stay away from this.
We provide everything that the kids need to be successful in university — not just tuition but books, uniforms, room and board as well. We feel this way they can focus all of their attention on school. The cost to help 1 kid for 1 year ranges from $3000-$4350 and this just depends on which university or technical school that they get accepted to. It costs between $12,000-$17,000 to get a good, 4 year college education.
One of this year’s fundraisers in Los Angeles was on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the beautiful Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles. This event was like a mini food and beverage festival but Thai-style; it had worked so well last year. Some of the Chefs and restaurants involved in this years event were Neal Fraser from Redbird, Brooke Willamson and Nick Roberts from Playa Provisions, Walter Manzke from Republique, Ted Hopson from The Bellwether, Kris Yenbamroong from Night+Market, Tetsu Yahaji from Spago Beverly Hills and so on — we had 29 chefs in total.
Jet Tila and Simon Majumdar from the Food Network did our VIP celebrity chef cooking demo and they were great. Everyone had a blast all the while drinking prosecco and eating duck fried rice, Thai-style. Everyone then began to taste all of the offerings that the other chefs made. We took over the main hall and the outside patio where there were 6 grills going all day cooking corn on the cob brushed with coconut milk from Andy Ricker at Pok Pok and Thai-style beef from Scampo in Boston. Also outside was our now famous coconut bar and Warren Schwartz from Magpies soft serve handed out Thai iced tea flavor ice cream. AMAZING!
The Thai Tourist Authority helped us to decorate the place as well as helping coordinate the Thai dancers and musicians for the day. This was so nice to be able to share some of the things that I love about Thai culture with the friends of Stu and The Kids. Followed by a very successful live auction raising us over $27,000! The highlight was the trip to Thailand* (less airfare) which sold for $5500!
We sold 330 tickets, we had 40 volunteers for the live auction, zero waste management, front door, selling t-shirts and hats, directing and helping with the loading in and out, etc., we had 120 people from chefs and restaurants, wineries and cider, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, breweries, bakeries, etc. WOW! To me, I just looked at that as 500 people in a room, cooking, eating, drinking, celebrating, and helping some amazing kids that are in true, true need of help. We are spreading the word about Stu and The Kids, growing and really making a difference.
We raised $66,000 in 1 day, this will be our biggest year so far. To date our biggest year was last year at $52,000. I am currently in my home town of Philadelphia so that I can continue reaching for the $100,000 goal that we have set for Stu and The Kids this year.
*Trip to Thailand Live Auction Package
4 night/5 day stay for 2 people at Rachamanka, a sophisticated zen-like boutique hotel in the heart of historic Chiang Mai
Daily Breakfast included
Changthai Heritage Elephant Experience for 2
Feeding, bathing and playing with the elephants in the river
For lunch, learn to make pad thai or other dish and make yourself lunch.
Old ChiangMai Cultural Center Khantoke Dinner & Shows for 2
Performances showcasing traditional Northern Thailand, Lanna, Culture
Authentic Khantoke Dinner Menu
Flight of The Gibbon Zipline Canopy Tour
Thailand’s Original Zipline Tour with 5km of lines and 30 stations
Visit an eco-mountain village & waterfall
Thai style buffet lunch included
Serve a special lunch with Stu to 550 kids at the orphanage
Dinner with Stu and the foundation’s kids that are currently attending university
Car and driver for 4 days or get round on a motorbike and follow Stu
Temple and Market tours with Stu
Donated By: The kind & generous people of Chiang Mai, Stu and The Kids and organized by Stu
On August 13 from 6-10 pm thirsty Vine 2 Wine guests are invited to return to their favorite venue, Cal Arts, which has always been perfect for a wine event of this size! And as so many wine events in our popular valley benefit non-profits, Circle of Hope would like you to know up front what your generous donation (the purchase of a ticket) helps to pay for: they serve the needs of women and men in our community who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Your one ticket includes unlimited tastings of wine, craft beer, food from our popular restaurants…and a few selections of “library wines” poured from personal cellars of generous Circle of Hope supporters. In between all of this sampling guests are encouraged to enjoy the music provided by the Lance Allyn Jazz Group and partake in both an opportunity drawing and silent auction.
Beginning with the now iconic rosé associated with this event, the Lucy wine from Pisoni Vineyard, will be available for tasting along with:
Golden Star Vineyards
Schwartz Library Wines (private cellar donor)
J Lohr Vineyards and Wines
Pear Valley Estates Wine
LeChene/Alonso Family Vineyards
Berg Dessert Wines (private cellar donor)
California Fruit Wine (served by Pinots Palette)
Broken Earth Winery
Jacobson Library Wines (private cellar donor)
Bretall Library Wines (private cellar donor)
Priest Ranch Wines
Stephen Hemmert Wines
Tobin James Cellars
Shining Sons and Dancing Daughters (spirit sample)
Wolf Creek Brewery
Golden Road Hefeweizen
Golden Rd Point the Way IPA
Lagunitas Brewing Company
The Hidden Havana Cuban Cafe
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Rattler’s Bar B Que
Parashars Indian Kitchen
Persia Lounge and Restaurant
Bake U Happy
Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewing Company
Truffles N Toffee
Rita’s Italian Ice
Nestle Toll House Cafe
Culinary Wonders – SCV’s Cooking Studio
WINE THEMED AUCTION DONORS
Ancient Peaks Winery
Boisset Wine Collection
Mystic Hills Vineyards
Eve Bushman and Michael Perlis, Eve’s Wine 101
Logix Federal Credit Union – Presenting Sponsor
Nola Aronson’s Advanced Audiology – Title Sponsor
All-inclusive tickets are $75 presale and $95 at the door: https://circleofhopeinc.org/vine2wine/
Only guests over the age of 21, please.
The One. The Only. Cocktails on the Roof is back on September 9, bringing you the party of the year, New York style, on the rooftop of the Macy’s Parking Garage! This immediate fan favorite returns, complete with greenery, a photo opportunity area for all your selfie poses (provided by The Magazine of Santa Clarita), cozy lounges, fun lighting, a live DJ, and all the food and cocktails you can possibly consume in that now famous mini martini glass.
Since we are starting earlier in September it might be warmer so we’re starting the party a little later but staying until the last slipper has fallen off the last pedicured toe – which means midnight. Yes. That’s right. Santa Clarita, put on your big kid pants, it’s time to party! Come at 8 p.m. for a VIP entrance and get four hours of mischief for $95, or come at 9 p.m. and get three hours for $75 (same price as last year). Or come as a Designated Driver for $65. Either way, let us know about your excitement with #COTR16 on all your social media posts!
Hosted by Eve Bushman of Eve’s Wine 101 and Marlee Lauffer, President of Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation, this year promises to be another sold out event with returning favorites and brand new participants! The restaurants sharing their most sought-after cocktails, mocktails and food are back. The normally elusive and hidden Speakeasy Bakery is back, along with Vermont’s Shacksbury Hard Ciders, TPC Valencia, Persia Restaurant, Sake Sommelier Yoshi Murikami making sake-based cocktails, Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewing Co., Sisley Italian Restaurant, Bowen Whiskey, California Fruit Wine, Deep Eddy Vodkas, Solita, Honu Coffee (with alcohol, too!), Newhall Refinery, Parashars’ Indian Kitchen, Olive Terrace, Culinary Wonders, and Lazy Dog. Other favorites include Salt Creek Grille, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Marston’s, iCUE Culinary School, LA Scotch Club and The Distillery at Opolo! Stay tuned for every exciting announcement (and guest party secrets) on Facebook and www.WiSHscv.org.
The sponsors have been lining up for this party-of-the-year! Thanks to Westfield Valencia Town Center for our amazing venue, Crystal Sponsor The Magazine of Santa Clarita/Elite Magazine, Cocktail Sponsor Lundgren Management, Title Sponsor Littler Mendelson, Festival Sponsors Steve Chegwin, CPA and Julie Sturgeon, CPA and Rooftop Sponsors Ruhnau Ruhnau & Clarke, Oasis Associates and California Credit Union. Many thanks to our in-kind sponsors, without whom we could never get this party started – EveBushmanConsulting.com, Mitchpickswine.com, SOS Entertainment, 24/7 Events, Andy Gump, Burrtec, Brightview, KHTS and SCVTV.
WiSH asks that you be responsible – 21 & over only; please leave your car in the parking garage overnight (approved by Westfield) and take alternate transportation if you need to. Want to be a part of this event and have your company, restaurant or product seen? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neal Fraser, Jet Tila, Lydia Shire, Eric Greenspan, Akasha Richmond, Walter Manzke, Ted Hopson, Warren Schwartz and Others Join Stuart Skversky’s Effort in Helping At-Risk Children in Thailand
WHO: Stuart Skversky, Executive Director/Founder Stu and the Kids, Neal and Amy Fraser, Chefs/Owners of Redbird, Vibiana, BLD, Fritzi and icdc in Los Angeles
WHAT: A Thai flavored Food & Wine Festival hosted by Chef Stuart Skversky and his chef friends who will be creating dishes for the 3rd annual Stu and the Kids Fundraiser, raising scholarship funds for Hill Tribe kids in Chaing Mai, Thailand.
In 2009, Stuart Skversky, a Los Angeles rising star chef, gave up his life in Los Angeles and moved to Chiang Mai to become a full time volunteer at the Wat Dan Chan (a local Buddhist temple), teaching local children English, cooking and baking. Recognizing a need to help prepare these high risk Hill Tribe kids following their graduation, he founded Stu and the Kids to better prepare them for adulthood, helping them get into a university or technical college and giving them the tools for an independent future. Proceeds from this event go directly to the children’s education, school uniforms, supplies, housing, food and tuition for higher education. Now in their eighth year of fundraising throughout the world, Stu and the Kids has raised over $165,000 for the charity, including last year’s record of $52,000 accumulated from the LA festival, fundraising on the east coast and online donations during 2015.
Participants for this year’s event include Hosts Neal and Amy Fraser, Redbird; Andy Ricker and Thomas Boyce, Pok Pok LA; Eric Greenspan, Mare; Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts, Playa Provisions; Akasha Richmond, Sambar; Daniel Elkins and Erez Levy, Savore Catering; Ramon Reyes, The Ensaymada Project; Gilberto Cetina, Chicken Itza; Walter Manzke, Republique; Warren Schwartz and Rosa Schwartz, Magpie’s; Ted Hopson, The Bellwether; Gregg Wiele, Patina Restaurant Group; James Tree and Carlos Enrique, Superba Food & Bread; Gary Menes, Le Comptoir; and Jason Neroni, Rose Café (complete list of participating chefs and restaurants below).
Beverages will be plentiful, featuring the Stu and The Kids popular fresh Coconut Bar and Thai tea. The Bodega Wine Bar will offer a great selection – Singha beer, Rekorderlig Cider, Mother Earth Brew Company, wines from Pali Wine Company, Simple Life Winery, Il Donato Pinot Grigio and Vina Bujanda Rioja. Thanks to a generous donation from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the festival will showcase a Thai-inspired cocktail mixed with Austin’s favorite spirit.
During the evening there will be an educational presentation and activities for all ages, including a vivid display of Northern Thai umbrellas from the Tourism Authority of Thailand and performances of Thai music and dancing. The live and silent auction benefiting Stu and the Kids will include photos of the kids and locations in Chiang Mai, Thailand, hand-made Hill Tribe bags and silver jewelry, gift certificates, gift baskets, autographed cookbooks, glider flights and a spectacular 4 night, 5 day trip to Thailand to meet the kids and enjoy the beauty and flavors of Chiang Mai.
To purchase tickets, visit StuandtheKidsTickets
Sunday, July 31, 2016, 4pm to 8pm (2:15 p.m. for VIP tickets)
General Admission: $125, VIP Admission: $195; early admission and special invitation to a cooking demo with the Culinary Ambassador to Thailand and of the Food Network fame, Chef Jet Tila. 2:15 p.m.; demo begins at 2:30 p.m.
Kids tickets: $25 for kids 6-12
Tickets for general admission, VIP admission and kids may be purchased online: www.eventbrite.com/e/stu-and-the-kids-fundraiser-tickets-24917266214#tickets
Vibiana, 214 South Main Street, Los Angeles, California 90012
Stu and The Kids is a 501c3, tax-exempt nonprofit organization that provides scholarships for orphaned and underserved Hill Tribe children for continuing their education in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
For further information on Stu and the Kids, visit www.stuandthekids.org
Become a fan on Facebook: www.facebook.com/stuandthekids
Follow Stu and the Kids on Twitter and Instagram at @stuandthekids
Participating Chefs and Restaurants
Presenting Chef and Culinary Ambassador to Thailand – Chef Jet Tila
Akasha Richamond | Sambar
Andy Ricker and Thomas Boyce | Pok Pok LA
Bill Bracken | Bracken’s Kitchen
Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts | Playa Provisions
Connor Shanahan | Wolfgang Puck Catering
Elisa Testone | Sinners & Saints
Erez Levy and Daniel Elkins | Savore Catering
Eric D. Ernest | Moreton Fig, The Lab
Eric Greenspan | Mare
Gary Menes | Le Comptoir
Gilberto Cetina | Chichen Itza
Gregg Wiele | Patina Restaurant Group
James Trees and Carlos Enrique | Superba Food & Bread
Jason Fullilove| Barbara Jean
Jason Neroni | Rose Café
Kris Yenbamroong | Night + Market
Lydia Shire and Alex Pineda | Scampo
Neal and Amy Fraser | Redbird
Ramon Reyes | Ensaymada Project
Richard Rea | The Butcher’s Daughter
Romain Drocourt | Pastry Lab
Rosa and Warren Schwartz | Magpie’s
Stefanie Kelly | Cults Kitchen
Ted Hopson | The Bellwether
Tetsu Yahagi | Spago Beverly Hills
Walter Manzke | Republique
Warren Bernardino | Tender Greens
LA & SF Specialty
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Pali Wine Co
6 Degrees LA
Chefs to End Hunger
Behind the DJ Booth
Erik Fisher Photography
Young’s Market Company
The WiSH Education Foundation is thrilled to announce that Cocktails on the Roof 2016 is gearing up for another great night on September 9, 2016! Come out for the COMPLETELY UNIQUE Santa Clarita experience hosted by Eve Bushman of Eve’s Wine 101 and Marlee Lauffer, President of the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation. Your favorite hot spots in town offering the best food served with Signature Cocktails – Beer Cocktails – Wine Cocktails – “Mock”tails and more, all served under the stars and UP ON THE ROOF of the Macy’s parking garage on Town Center Drive!
New this year is a one hour VIP early entry ticket to allow you first and best access to the food, fun and entertainment. In addition, this year will be interactive to allow for guest voting of their favorite drink of the evening! Cocktails 2015 was a SOLD OUT event so don’t miss your opportunity to get in on the fun – ticket sales have already begun and you can get yours now at www.WiSHscv.org.
Early returns and newcomers to this year’s event include Vermont’s Shacksbury Hard Ciders, TPC Valencia, Persia Restaurant, Sake Sommelier Yoshi Murikami making sake-based cocktails, Wolf Creek Brewery and Restaurant, Sisley Italian Restaurant, Bowen Whiskey, California Fruit Wine Company, Deep Eddy Vodkas, Solita, Honu Coffee (with alcohol too this year), Newhall Refinery and Olive Terrace.
VIP early entry tickets AT 8pm are $95; General Admission, starting at 9pm, are $75 and Designated Driver tickets, which include all access and mocktails through several of our participants, are only $65. All tickets, if available, at the door are $95. The party and the DJ are rockin’ until midnight this year! WiSH encourages all our guests to be responsible. 21 and over only, please.
WiSH welcomes sponsors already joining in on the fun – Westfield Valencia Town Center, Eve’s Wine 101, The Magazine of Santa Clarita, Elite Magazine, Steven B. Chegwin CPA, Oasis Associates, Sol Graphix, Mitchpickswine.com, KHTS, SCVTV, Whole Foods, Calfornia Credit Union, and Meraz Luxury Rentals. If your restaurant would like to be a participant or your company would like to be a sponsor of this most popular event, contact Amy Daniels at email@example.com.
Invest in your future employees by investing in local public education! Please contact Executive Director Amy Daniels at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more about WiSH and our upcoming events and news at www.WiSHscv.org.
New Dan Berger International Cider Competition Attracts More than 200 Entries
(Santa Rosa, CALIF) A cidery from Washington state was the big winner at the first-ever Dan Bergers International Cider Competition, held in May in Santa Rosa, California. Staged in conjunction with Dan Bergers International Wine Competition, the cider competition drew more than 200 entrants from more than 60 cideries from around the globe.
We were extremely pleased with support and excitement for this first-year cider competition, noted Dan Berger, the competitions organizer. But even more impressive was the great diversity of craft ciders the judges evaluated and their very high quality.
Washington States Alpenfire Cidery Takes Top Award of Competition
The Sweepstakes Award for Best Overall Cider of the Competition was awarded to the Alpenfire Glow Rose´ Cider. Located in Washington State, the Alpenfire cidery produces this spectacular cider from the Hidden Rose apple, a unique variety that possesses red flesh and produces a richly pink colored cider.
Among the standout cideries at the competition were Uncle Johns Cider Mill in Michigan, which was awarded three gold medals, more than any other cidery. Additionally, Vermonts Eden Specialty Ciders was awarded two Chairmans Awards (unanimous gold medal votes).
No one was surprised when it was revealed that both Uncle Johns Cider Mill and Eden Specialty Ciders accumulated multiple top awards, said Tom Wark, one of the coordinators of the competition and publisher of The Cider Journal. Both these cideries are trailblazers and leaders in the U.S. craft cider world and have been inspirations for newer cideries across the country for their beautifully rendered ciders.
The Best of Class Awards at Dan Bergers International Cider Competition included:
CHAIRMANS AWARD/BEST TRADITIONAL DRY CIDER:
Eves Cidery Albee Hill Still & Dry (New York)
BEST TRADITIONAL SWEET CIDER:
Sea Cider Bittersweet (British Columbia)
BEST COMMON DRY CIDER:
Uncle Johns Cider Mill Original Cider (Michigan)
CHAIRMANS AWARD/BEST COMMON SWEET CIDER:
Cider Boys First Press (Wisconsin)
CHAIRMANS AWARD/BEST FRUIT CIDER:
Foxcraft Hard Cider Cranberry (California)
CHAIRMANS AWARD/BEST HERBED/HOPPED/SPICED CIDER:
Reverend Nats Revival Hard Cider (Oregon)
SWEEPSTAKES AWARD/CHAIRMANS AWARD/BEST SINGLE VARIETY CIDER:
Alpenfire Glow Rose´ Cider (Washington State)
Flatbed Cider Company Pear Cider (Washington State)
CHAIRMANS AWARD/BEST OTHER CIDER:
Common Cider Company Blackberry Sangria (California)
CHAIRMANS AWARD/BEST WOOD AGED CIDER:
Eden Specialty Cider 2007 Falstaff (Vermont)
CHAIRMANS AWARD/BEST DESSERT/ICE CIDER:
Eden Specialty Cider Honeycrisp
Of the 215 Ciders entered into the competition, 17 received Gold Medals, 50 received Silver Medals and 59 received Bronze Medals. Ten ciders received the Chairmans Award for receiving unanimous gold medal scores by all judges.
The judges at the competition included cider authors Ben Watson and Darlene Hayes; K&L Wine Merchant Cider Buyer Jim Boyce, Cider Journal Publisher Tom Wark, Tilted Shed Ciderworks owner Ellen Cavalli and Certified Cicerone Mike Reis.
The cider competition is part of Dan Bergers International Wine Competition. Dan Berger is the dean of American wine competitions having organized competitive evaluations of wine (and now cider) for more than 35 years.
A complete list of awards is available at http://www.dbiwc.com.
As the Holiday season rolls around, we can’t help but look forward to the rich food and drink that are in abundance during this time of year. With our personal calendars at full capacity, every host needs a way to stand out from the crowd and make their party a memorable hit.
The answer – holiday beer cocktails. While every other dinner and party menu features wine, beer and tired punch bowls, Traveler Beer Company brings you tantalizing flavors with their Jolly Traveler holiday cocktails.
Jolly Traveler is an American craft wheat ale that is made with real orange, pomegranate and a hint of holiday spice, making it the perfect beverage choice for entertaining your family, friends or coworkers. While the shandy is enticing and refreshing on its own, it also serves as a great base for flavorful seasonal cocktails that are sure way to satisfy guests with something unexpected, yet delicious.
We invite you to try some of these Jolly Traveler Holiday Cocktail recipes, which can be found here and below:
Stir and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Top with 3-4 oz. Jolly Traveler.
Garnish with a cherry.
Stir and strain into a double rocks glass with a large ice cube.
Add 3 oz. Jolly Traveler.
Garnish with lemon zest.
Shake and strain into an 8-10 oz. Collins glass filled with ice.
Top with Jolly Traveler.
Garnish with fresh cinnamon.
Shake and strain into an 8-10 oz. Collins glass.
Top with Jolly Traveler.
Garnish with a lime wedge.
(Culver City, CA), November 2015: What is wine without the cheese? Culver City’s Wheel House Cheese Shop asks the same question. That is why it is a serendipitous time for the cheese epicenter of the Westside to announce that it is now offering an array of rare and exclusive retail Wine, Beer and Ciders to pair perfectly with its vast assortment of fromage, charcuterie and other tasty treats.
Wheel House Cheese Shop is excited to introduce a well-curated retail selection of small-production wines, craft beers and artisanal ciders that have been carefully selected to pair beautifully with Wheel House’s world-class selection of cheeses. “Every wine, beer and cider was specifically handpicked based on its ability to pair with our offerings of cheeses and charcuterie,” says Wheel House Cheese Shop owner Alex Josef. “When you walk into the store and peruse the wine and beer, you will find that every bottle we offer lists its own tasting notes below it, along with what it best pairs with. Additionally, our cheesemongers are always happy to make pairing suggestions. This is meant to be a non-intimidating experience for everyone, beginner to expert.”
With an always evolving assortment of cheese (more than 100 selections representing at least a dozen countries), plus 15 to 20 fine cured meats and charcuterie items, dozens of gourmet accompaniments ranging from jams and spreads to crackers and pickles, Wheel House Cheese Shop has been the definitive source for all things cheese since opening in mid-2014. From the beginning, the ability to sell wine, beer and cider has been a dream of Josef’s and, now a reality; Wheel House Cheese Shop has taken its concept to the next level.
Currently, Wheel House Cheese Shop’s new offerings include more than thirty Wines, over twenty Craft Beers and three Ciders, though Josef plans to continually rotate and grow this collection.
Get vivacious over the vino, as among the more noteworthy Wines are the 2012 Irreverence Vintners Reserve Merlot from Napa Valley, which boasts a complexity that, Josef says “will restore your faith in this oft-maligned grape.” He recommends the wine be paired with the Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, a lactose-free cheese that is savory and slightly tangy with a smooth caramel finish; a combination that is sure to leave your palate pleased. Other wine and cheese recommended pairings from Josef are the sweet and mild Brabander Goat Gouda, whichgoes best with a light and fresh white wine like the Blondie Chardonnay because of the Gouda’s buttery flavor and texture. The best partner for the smooth triple crème Brillat Savarin, is the Ruggeri DOCG Prosecco from Valdobbiadene, a wine growing region that is located just below the Alpine areas of Veneto, which provides a perfect climate for a “cool” variety of grapes. This wine is light, bubbly and refreshing with a long fruity finish; the best relief from this Angeleno Autumn.
Pick a bottle (any bottle), because every kind of cheese goes well with any one of the new eclectic Craft Beer and Cider selections on offer. For blue-cheese fans, Josef likes to pair Stilton, one of the world’s most well-known and loved cheeses, with Galaxy White IPA, a spiced Belgian wheat beer from Anchorage Brewing Company in Alaska that is brewed with kumquats, coriander and peppercorns. A hearty cheese like Hook’s Ten Year Cheddar, with a full, rich and cheddar finish, goes best with the dry and tart Wandering Aengus Wanderlust Cider and the Maredsous 8 Brune, a Belgian Duvel from the Benedictine Abbey tastes great with Oma, a washed-rind cow’s-milk cheese from Vermont (a Wheel House staff favorite – and for good reason).
Wine and beer are not the only new things to consume at Wheel House Cheese Shop. A new menu includes a small set of made-to-order Sandwiches: a Caprese made with mozzarella, fire-roasted tomatoes and basil grown on the shop’s back patio; a Salami & Brie featuring Fromager d’Affinois and jalapeño jelly; and the Ham & Swiss made with French ham, Red Witch Alpine Cheese and grape mostarda. There are also three special Boards patrons can order to try out the shop’s special selections. Guests can enjoy the Cheese Board with two cheese offerings, quince paste and specialty baguette slices; a Meat Board with three charcuterie selections, pickles, mustard and baguette; or the Wheel House, an indulgent board that combines both the cheese and the meat boards. Broaden the “Board” experience and try any one of the Sides, which includes Marcona Almonds, a Spanish Cocktail Mix, Olives, Cornichons, Gluten Free Crackers, Quince Paste or Bourbon Cured Dried Fruit.
While the eclectic selection of wines, beers and ciders are available for purchase on their own, do not miss out on the complimentary Weekly Tastings every Friday from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. “We plan to mix it up,” Josef says. “Sometimes it will be wine, other times beer, but it will always be something that pairs amazingly well with one of our cheeses. At the end of the day, let’s face it, what better way to kick off your weekend.” Wheel House Cheese Shop will also incorporate their new retail beverage program into their scheduled cheese classes, special tastings and will also be offering lessons on perfect pairings for your special occasion (even if you are the only one at the party). The next session, Dairy and Vine 101, features a lesson on pairing wine and cheese (with plenty of samples of both) followed by Entertaining with Cheese: Building the Perfect Board hosted by Josef himself. Keep an eye on the Wheel House Cheese Shop Facebook and Twitter pages for announcements about future tastings and upcoming classes.
As the holidays approach, Josef plans to rotate his inventory frequently. “My goal has always been to be a pioneer with what is offered at Wheel House Cheese Shop. I want to keep the inventory ever-evolving, and always new and fresh so that guests have a reason to come back for more,” says Josef. Wheel House Cheese Shop will also be selling Gift Baskets and Specialty Platters with house-curated selections of cheese, charcuterie, wine, beer and cider that make great gifts or a perfect spread for a holiday party.
Wheel House Cheese Shop is very excited to introduce all of these new offerings and experiences. “We have been really well received by the community, and more people continue to discover us each day,” Josef says. Whether you are an expert or beginner who frequents fromage, vies for vino, is bent on beer or sighs over cider, Wheel House Cheese Shop is your one stop shop to impressing your friends, family, neighbors…or just you!
Wheel House Cheese Shop is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, Friday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday from10:00 am to 8:00 pm; For more information, please visit www.wheelhousecheese.com or call 424.289.9167.
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Wheel House Cheese Shop
12954 West Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90066