We do love to cruise, and short of the destination, and the last night’s festivities, nothing beats the excitement of that first day at sea. Except this first day, which was thrilling, but the first guests on the Carnival Panorama didn’t leave the port. That luxury was reserved for the real first-time travelers on this brand new ship that were boarding the next day. (If you just want to look at the debut via some short videos go here and my photos are here.)
Yes it was a “fun-filled day of events onboard Carnival Panorama, the first new West Coast ship in 20 years.” And we learned about their “variety of activities, entertainment and dining options…starting with the redesigned Long Beach Terminal.”
This was the schedule – from 3 pm to 11 pm: Arrival/Boarding, Naming Ceremony with Godmother Vanna White, a Feast of Fun where we (travel agents, VIPS and media) had a chance to “sample Carnival Panorama’s culinary and beverage options” which included wine, beer and spirits offered at every venue on the ship.
It was truly an evening of WOWs. Exploring the decks, seeing at least one suite – wished we had time to see more – but the Havana Suites have their own patios that open up to their own pool and bar. Nice. Star chefs like Emeril Lagasse and Guy Fieri were in attendance – as were their namesake restaurants onboard – and they had the USC Trojan Marching Band for the naming ceremony, which in itself was a great show!
We toured several bars and restaurants – had some awesome cocktails from some very experienced bartenders – and sampled bites from the sushi bar, steak house and then settled in to sample some more during a multi-course dinner. The dining room, for the first time that we could tell, featured items from all of the ship’s restaurants.
After being fully sated we opted to watch the comedian instead of seeing the new “Playlist Productions show or the Rock Revolution.” The comedian, Tony Esposito, was hilarious.
The Sky Zone is new, and it’s the “first trampoline park at sea” and definitely something to see if you or your children like obstacle type courses, basketball, balancing, jousting or bouncing. There is a culinary classroom with several workspaces in the Carnival Kitchen that holds a few classes every day.
The Carnival Airship, a baby blimp, made several appearances during the course of the day which made everything that much more festive. The event ended with a very grand fireworks display, drinking and dancing on Lido Deck.
Lastly, as this is a wine and spirits blog, there are plenty of options in every bar, but they don’t all offer the same spirits. If you want an elevated experience pay for the wines offered in the Fahrenheit steakhouse or any of the higher-end restaurants.
More about Carnival Panorama
As the newest ship in our fleet, Carnival Panorama will offer a variety of onboard innovations, including the first Sky Zone trampoline park at sea, the line’s first culinary studio and a new Choose Fun-themed water park. The ship will also feature Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse/Brewhouse featuring BBQ favorites created by Food Network star and longtime Carnival partner Guy Fieri, as well as craft beers brewed right on board. These complement Vista-class favorites like the Ocean Plaza indoor/outdoor entertainment venue, the Havana nightclub and pool, and the Serenity adults-only retreat.
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video (over 16k views), authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru and the Global Wine Awards. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits.
Los Angeles, CA – Come celebrate and be part of the fifth annual Masters of Taste, L.A.’s premier outdoor, luxury food and beverage festival taking place on Sunday, April 5th, 2020 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the field of the Iconic Pasadena Rose Bowl!
Masters of Taste 2020 is introducing Chef Vanda Asapahu as Host Chef of Masters of Taste 2020 which also happens to mark the 5th Anniversary of this celebrated event. Masters of Taste Culinary Master and 2020 Host Chef Vanda Asapahu is the chef and owner of Ayara Thai Cuisine and has participated since its inception in April 2016. Asapahu went to college at UCLA and to graduate school at Yale, then she spent four years living, traveling, and working her way through Thailand before returning home to Los Angeles. During Asaphu’s stay in her native country, she took extensive notes, which included absorbing the Bangkok street food scene and reviving old family recipes. After cooking with relatives and eating her way through the streets and countryside, Asapahu brought back these treasured old recipes and new flavors to share at Ayara Thai. While her mother Anna Asapahu still helms the family kitchen, Asapahu is the vanguard, taking up the torch of her family’s culinary tradition at Ayara Thai Cuisine, and in May of this year Ayara Thai Cuisine was named one of Michelin Guide California’s 2019 Bib Gourmands.
“I have had the pleasure of participating in Masters of Taste since its inaugural year,” states Asapahu. “As a proud UCLA alum (Go Bruins!), I’d give anything for the opportunity to cook, eat and dance on the field of the Rose Bowl. The most amazing thing about Masters of Taste is that 100% of the proceeds go directly to benefit Union Station Homeless Services and not many food festivals can say that. Union Station Homeless Services is committed to ending homelessness in Los Angeles.”
Masters of Taste 2019 was a sold-out event that attracted over 3,000 guests and garnered media attention all throughout Southern California and beyond. The fifth annual Masters of Taste 2020 is also expected to bring over 3,000 food and beverage enthusiasts together for one afternoon to celebrate this exhilarating festival, which will include the finest fare from over 100 Culinary Masters and restaurants, delectable sweets prepared by L.A.’s top Sweet Masters, top Beverage Masters who will be featuring signature handcrafted cocktail tastings from over 25 spirit brands and bars, a premier 50-Yard-Line Cocktail Bar featuring top Mixologists from four of L.A.’s most distinguished drinking destinations, select wineries, local craft breweries, cold-pressed juices, cold brew coffee, live entertainment and much, much more.
100% of the proceeds from Masters of Taste 2020 will directly benefit Union Station Homeless Services, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to helping men, women and children experiencing homelessness, rebuild their lives. Union Station is part of a premier group of human services agencies in L.A. County that are leading the way to end homelessness in our community. Union Station offers an array of services including street outreach, meals, shelter, housing, case management and career development. In the last four years Masters of Taste has raised over $2 Million in support of Union Station’s life-saving programs.
Mark your calendars and save-the-date for the fifth annual Masters of Taste 2020!
Ticket Information: Masters of Taste 2020 will take place on Sunday, April 5th, 2020 and is a 21+ event. A VIP Power Hour will be held from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm and General Admission will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, January 1st, 2020, and Early Bird Tickets will be available from January 1st, 2020 through Sunday, March 1st, 2020. For more information on Masters of Taste 2020, please visit www.MastersofTasteLA.com.
Masters of Taste
Pasadena Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena, CA 91103
LA’s #1 Cabernet Showcase – no other event features the breadth of quality Cabernet wines in such an exceptional tasting environment, with an intimate high-tier audience limited to 140 guests!! As expected, this event sells-out every year and raises money for T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Cabernet is KING and The STARS of Cabernet embraces the continued refinement inside the Cabernet category! Wines from Napa Valley, Sonoma Country, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, France, Chile, and Washington will be on display with abundant tray-passed appetizers and culinary delights! The STARS are the wineries themselves, and whenever possible, the winery table is hosted by a winemaker, proprietor, and/or a winery executive. A “first hand” tasting experience like none-other.
Over 35 luxury brands will be pouring over 100 amazing wines (For each of the featured Cabernets, wines retail at $50 or more). This event features the option of enjoying a 5:30 PM “Insignia” dinner with the President of Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Clarice Turner plus VIP tasting status **or** A 6 PM VIP Ticket providing early access to the Grand Tasting and includes: (1) A Peninsula Buffet Dinner w/ Carving station, (2) an older vintage tasting during the VIP hour, (3) a limited collectable tasting of Dana Estate and Dominus Estate, AND (4) the full registry of over 100 luxury wines, both Cabernet and other celebrated efforts / varieties from all places of quality. Both the 5:30 Dinner and the 6:00 PM VIP tickets include a VIP GIFT BAG of assorted artisanal treasures from various sponsors, with this year’s bag sponsored by GELSON’S. The 7PM ticket includes unlimited tasting and Peninsula Tray-Passed Appetizers with a Pasta station. All attending guests are also welcome to stay for the 9pm after party – when the music comes up and out comes the dessert! Magic Castle Magician Zach Waldman (made infamous on The Howard Stern Show!) will be performing throughout the evening showing off his sleight of hand expertise.
THE STARS OF CABERNET 2019 INCLUDE:
Addendum, ZD Wines, Bernardus, Trujillo Wines, Bulgheroni Wine, Crown Point Vineyards, Chappellet, Almaviva, Joseph Phelps, Allegretto Winery, Jack Wines, Two Old Dogs, Beaulieu Vineyard, AXR, Clark Claudon, Michel Rolland, The Debate, V. Vineyards, Monteverro, Hawk & Horse Vineyards, Napanook, Frank Family Vineyards, Teachworth Napa, J. Bookwalter Wines, Palmaz Vineyards, Ehlers Estate Winery, Prime Solum, Seven Stones Winery, Relic, Duhig Wines, Hertelendy Vineyards, Marciano Estate, Davis Estates, Barnett Vineyards, Chateau Montelena, Yount Ridge Cellars, Freemark Abbey, and a special wine made for Gelson’s by Winemaker Julien Fayard. **A special pouring older vintages and from Dominus Estate, and Dana Estate are limited to the 6pm VIP ticket**
A robust and automated silent auction of collectables and large format wines will benefit The T.J. Martell Foundation, the music industry’s largest entity funding innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS, as well as sourcing/supporting early-stage research projects aimed at developing more effective clinical treatments for patients who otherwise cannot afford a panacea. Learn more at tjmartell.org.
Tickets will sell out and prices do increase as the event date approaches – buy your tickets now!
For information and ticket purchasing, please visit STARSofcabernet.com
About TJ MARTELL FOUNDATION:
The T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for cancer. The Foundation sources and supports early-stage research projects aimed at developing more effective clinical treatments for patients which otherwise might not be funded. WineLA has raised over $550,000 in the past 10 years for TJ MARTELL and this is our largest effort of the year.
wineLA has focused on improving Los Angeles wine culture through ongoing educational tastings, classes and experiences. Educating and edu-taining with precision, we invite and welcome the best of the wine world to Los Angeles to partake. Established in 1995, wineLA was the first of its kind and continues to innovate, fortifying a quality wine audience one class, one tasting, one experience at a time. We are a part of the Los Angeles lifestyle, the wine lifestyle, and celebrate the people and the place with passion.
For more information visit www.wineLA.com or call 310-451-7600
HEALDSBURG, Calif., /PRNewswire/ — Wine Road, an association of wineries and lodgings in Northern Sonoma County, kicks off their annual event season with the 21st Annual Wine & Food Affair. The event, featuring two full days of tantalizing food and wine pairings along the Wine Road, takes place November 2nd and 3rd from 11am to 4pm each day.
Throughout the weekend, guests will have the opportunity to visit more than 80 participating wineries stretching across Sonoma County’s Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys. Each participating winery offers a taste of gourmet cuisine prepared by a local culinary artist paired with the wine of their choice. Recipes from the event and events past can be found on the Wine Road’s online cookbook, so guests can replicate the pairings at home.
“Wine and Food Affair is our premier event, and this year we asked our wineries to take their wine and food pairings to the next level,” said Beth Costa, Executive Director of Wine Road. “We wanted the event to better showcase the bounty that Sonoma County has to offer, so each winery was required to partner with a local artisan, farmer or producer in some way to create their recipe. We’ve never asked this of our wineries before, so we’re excited to see – and taste – the results of these collaborations.”
Attendees have the option to purchase tickets for the weekend or Sunday only of the event, enjoying Sonoma County’s finest at their own pace. Advance tickets are on sale now online for the weekend ($95), Sunday only ($75), and Designated Driver ($35). Advance tickets must be purchased as no tickets are sold at the door for this event. Ticket sales end Monday, October 28th.
Visitors can now add additional events to their weekend to extend their wine & food experience. A ticket to Wine & Food Affair is required to purchase tickets to these add on events, which include a Somm Series at Roth Estate Winery ($60) and Winemaker Breakfast at Kendal-Jackson Wine Estate ($20). You must have a ticket to Wine & Food Affair to purchase tickets to these add on events.
ABOUT WINE ROAD NORTHERN SONOMA COUNTY:
Wine Road is the best source for discovering Northern Sonoma County’s exceptional wine country, which is famous for its renowned wine producers and cuisine, scenic beauty, and wine country lifestyle.
LOS OLIVOS, CALIF. (PRWEB) – Los Olivos (https://www.losolivosca.com/), the historical, wine-drenched Santa Ynez Valley wine country town in the heart of Santa Barbara County, will welcome guests to its 40th annual Day in the Country festival (https://www.losolivosca.com/day-in-the-country/) on Saturday, October 19, 2019. The largest of Los Olivos’ event productions, Day in the Country embodies the village’s history-laden atmosphere, featuring an entertaining mix of Victorian-era, Western-style and harvest season activities and experiences. A day-long fall event, Day in the Country will this year, be the family-friendliest part of the inaugural “Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley” (http://tastesyv.com/), a multi-day and multi-town, immersive foodie event running October 17-20.
Day in the Country begins with an early morning, Platinum Performance-sponsored 5K Fun Run and a 5K Walk (7:30 AM-9:30 AM) – which are dog-friendly, and include a one-mile Kids’ Run. Runners may sign up online in advance, or day-of, starting at 7:00 AM in downtown Los Olivos. Also starting at 7:00 AM, served until sold out, is a Burrito Breakfast produced by members of the Lucky Clover 4-H Club, at the Los Olivos Community Organization Hall (f.k.a., Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall).
At 10:00 AM, Los Olivos’ main thoroughfare of Grand Avenue transforms into a parade route displaying vintage tractors, antique autos, professional square dancers, musicians and animals. Presiding over the 2019 Day in the Country Parade is this year’s Grand Marshal, Eli Parker (https://www.fessparker.com/Family/Eli-Parker), who rides in celebration of the family-owned Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard’s 30th year in Santa Barbara County.
The parade is followed by a street fair (opens at 11:00 AM) with more than 100 local and regional vendors, crafters and food purveyors, where food trucks and pop-ups will mingle with shopping opportunities for original, local artisan goods. The Los Olivos outpost of Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. will host a Beer Garden, and live music will entertain throughout town.
While overall admission to Day in the Country is free, activities in the event’s Kiddie Korral – where littles and grown-ups will find kiddie steer roping, giant yard games, face painting and more family fun – will carry a minimal fee. Los Olivos businesses will also be showcasing their entries in the 2019 Los Olivos Scarecrow Fest, inviting Day in the Country revelers to cast votes for their favorite scarecrows in the friendly competition.
Also on tap for this year’s event, is the 2019 Day in the Country Wine Roundup which provides tasters with a ticketed Roundup Pass good for both Saturday and Sunday ($25.00 per person; 21 and over), allowing them more than 18 tastes from over nine local wineries like Bien Nacido & Solomon Hills Estates, Epiphany Cellars, Brewer-Clifton, Larner Vineyard & Winery, E11even Wines by Andrew Murray, Solminer Wine Company and others, to be announced. On Saturday, a tented VIP Lounge will also feature Los Olivos-area labels lacking in-town tasting rooms, and just “two-steps” away, gourmet nibbles from the First & Oak Kitchen food truck and a “Country Lounge” with live music, in front of Community Craft.
Day in the Country is produced by the Los Olivos Chamber of Commerce (https://www.losolivosca.com/about/lochamber/), a volunteer organization which funds town services such as maintenance for the village’s central flagpole, public restroom facilities and trash removal.
Current “Day in the Country” sponsors are as follows; additional sponsors will be announced as the event nears and will be listed on the event’s web page or on the Facebook Event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/417814779042620/):
Visit Santa Ynez Valley; a santé Spa; The Bear and Star; The Bubble Shack; Fess Parker Wine Country Inn; Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard; Epiphany Cellars; Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation; KRAZy Country 105.9; Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café; Mission Sanitation; Nielsen Building Materials; Platinum Performance; Saarloos + Sons; St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church; Revisit Wine Co.; Los Olivos General Store and Larner Vineyard & Winery.
Located just a couple of hours north of Los Angeles, the walkable – and Instagram-able – Santa Ynez Valley town of Los Olivos boasts an abundance of wine tasting options; wine, beer and craft cocktail bars; foodie havens in the town’s restaurants and gourmet culinary counters; art galleries and carefully-curated boutique shopping for clothing, accessories and home décor – both new and vintage; plus, luxury lodging and equally luxurious spas. Many of the town’s businesses are housed in 100-year-old buildings, which have been meticulously maintained.
Los Olivos also hosts a signature, family-friendly, holiday season event, Olde Fashioned Christmas (December 7, 2019;https://www.losolivosca.com/los-olivos-olde-fashioned-christmas/). Additional information about Los Olivos may be found at LosOlivosCA.com (https://www.losolivosca.com/), including a brief history of the Western town.
For further information about Los Olivos’ October 19 Day in the Country festival, please contact Anna Ferguson-Sparks, Stiletto Marketing, at 1.877.327.2656 or info [at] stilettomarketing [dot] com.
About Los Olivos, CA
Located in the vista-filled Santa Ynez Valley, the charming, historical town of Los Olivos is a rewarding and relaxing weekend getaway or fun-filled day. Founded in 1887 as a stop on the stagecoach route from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo, Los Olivos is noted for its support of the arts, wine tasting opportunities, unique shopping, epicurean restaurants, seasonal festivals, antiques, recreational landscapes, and friendly village residents. Boasting expansive views of Santa Barbara County’s vineyards and horse ranches, Foxen Canyon Wine Trail starts in Los Olivos and stretches north, winding its way through the rolling hills of California’s Central Coast.
(SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif.) — The Santa Ynez Valley will celebrate the bounty of the region in a fresh, unique way with the inaugural Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley, a four-day experiential event scheduled for Oct. 17-20. The event will be an immersive experience designed to serve as an introduction to the food, wine, and beer that have made the Santa Ynez Valley the wine country jewel of California’s Central Coast.
Over four days, more than 100 restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, and breweries will come together for nine main events and dozens of ancillary events set in and around the distinct communities that make up the Santa Ynez Valley — Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Solvang, and Santa Ynez. With so much to offer, Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley promises to be the signature event on the region’s fall calendar for years to come.
“Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley is meant to be a celebration of everything that has made this region such a world-renowned wine country and foodie destination,” said Shelby Sim, President/CEO of Visit the Santa Ynez Valley, which is overseeing the event’s production. “With four days of events incorporating the diverse and unique aspects of all six of our communities, Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley will offer a little bit of something for everyone, both visitors and locals alike. And it will ultimately put on full display the many reasons the Santa Ynez Valley has earned its reputation as a must-visit wine region.”
Each day of the Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley will focus on specific communities in the region, beginning on Thursday, Oct. 17, with a day in the charming Old West town of Los Alamos, and ending on Sunday, Oct. 20, with a celebration of the best of Buellton. The events will include wine tastings, special dinners, vineyard experiences, wine and cheese pairings, grape stomps, cooking classes hosted by local chefs, and much more.
Along the way, Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley will incorporate longtime favorite events — such as the Solvang Grape Stomp (Oct. 19) and the Los Olivos Day in the Country (Oct. 19) — with an all-new lineup of experiences.
It’s also during Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley that the region will be marking the 15th anniversary of the release of Sideways — the movie that helped put the Santa Ynez Valley wine region on the map — with Sideways Fest. The celebration of the film will include a screening of the movie under the stars at Solvang Festival Theatre and a Sideways-themed Wine Festival.
“One of the most appealing aspects of the The Santa Ynez Valley is that each community has its own culture, offering its unique food and wine experiences,” Sim said. “Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley will give each attendee a feel for its diversity, while still enticing each to return for an even deeper exploration of the region.”
The event includes an array of single- and multi-day ticket packages to fit most any budget. For more information on ticket packages and a full list of Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley events, including dates and times, please visit www.tastesyv.com.
About the Santa Ynez Valley:
Barely two hours from Los Angeles and a scenic four-hour drive from San Francisco, the Santa Ynez Valley is home to six distinct towns each with their own culture, vibe and menu of experiences. Blanketed with fruitful farms and vineyards, the California Central Coast wine region’s temperate weather allows for year-round activities of all sorts, spread throughout the historical communities of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang. Destination dining and world-class wines await, accompanied by lodging at every level, all painted into atmospheric backdrops which colorfully mesh Old World and Old West. Visit more than 100 wineries, feast on chef-driven cuisine, and enjoy festive events and design details from Victorian-era to mid-century to modern Danish. For more information, including a listing of wedding venues, restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms and events, go to VisitSYV.com.
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TASTE OF THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY HIGHLIGHT EVENTS
Thursday, Oct. 17 – Los Alamos
- Los Alamos Tasting in Ferrini Park: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
- Bell Street Restaurant Dinner in Los Alamos: 5:30-9 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 18 – Santa Ynez
- Morning Wine Seminar in Santa Ynez: 10:30 a.m.-noon.
- Grand Tasting of Santa Ynez and Happy Canyon Wines: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Cooking Class at The Baker’s Table with Chef Robin Goldstein: 2-4 p.m.
- Wine and Cheese Seminar: 2-4 p.m.
- FrancFest at Gainey Vineyards: 4-6 p.m.
- Sideways Movie Experience and Tasting at Solvang Festival Theater: 6-10 p.m.
- Grimm’s Bluff Vineyards & Winery Dinner at the Estate: 6:30-10 p.m.
- BBQ Dinner and Live Music at Maverick Saloon: 6:30-10 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19
- Solvang Events:
- Solvang Grape Stomp and Santa Ynez Valley Grand Wine Tasting: 2-5 p.m.
- Pence Vineyards & Winery Dinner at Root 246: 6:30-10 p.m.
- First & Oak Restaurant Winery Dinner: 6:30-10 p.m.
- Los Olivos events:
- Los Olivos Wine Roundup + VIP Tent at ‘Day in the Country’: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Day in the Country.
- Ballard events:
- Cooking Class with Chef Budi Kazali of The Ballard Inn and The Gathering Table: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
- Winery Dinner with Chef Budi Kazali of The Ballard Inn and The Gathering Table: 6:30-10 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 2 – Buellton
- Cutting, Casing and Curing Cooking Class with Industrial Eats + Lunch: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m
- Sideways Wine Festival: Noon-4 p.m.
- Sta. Rita Hills vs Santa Maria Valley Wine Seminar at the Sideways Inn: 10:30 a.m.-noon
- Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Craft Beer Dinner: 6-9 p.m.
This is only my second year at the Western Foodservice Show and Expo and I always look forward to the educational seminars provided as well as being introduced to the latest in all things related to food service.
Walking the Floor
I ran some early press releases for readers to know what to expect. One was the addition of the new Sabor Latino Pavillion. The favorites I’ve listed below got my attention but you should also check out the full list of Exhibitors, Special Events and the New Product Showcase.
Favorites this year included: Six One Nine Vodka infused with Rose Petals, Honey Smoked Fish (salmon), all of the non-spirit based drinks from Premium Blend like an agave wine-based tequila, Macaccino roasted Maca blend health benefits over coffee, Coconut Bliss non-dairy frozen dessert, Morelloforni 90-second pizza oven, Jack’s Catch brand crabmeat, the entire lineup from Tequila Don Fermin, Cutlery Sleeves that replace the look and hassle or rolling napkins, The Hummus Guy’s Halava, whiskies from Corsair Distillery, Smoked Soy Sauce from Kesennuma, Reverse Tap that fills beer from the bottom of the glass, CoolHaus Ice Cream, unique Pack N Wood food picks, Peppi-mint Lush Puffs Marshmallow Mug Toppers, almond cookies from May’s Bakery and Noodle Company, Villa Dolce Gelato, watching The Sushi Robot make a spicy tuna roll, CitroCasa Fantastic Juice machine was just like one I had seen in France last summer, Torani Chai concentrates, Garage Brewing Company Marshmallow Milk Stout and Blueberry Cream Ale. See my slideshow here.
These are the four seminars I attended and you can email me at Eve@EveBushmanConsulting if you want to know what I learned about:
Finding Additional Revenue Sources that Complement Your Existing Restaurant Business
The One System Your Restaurant Must Have to Survive
Productive Team Habits Trending in Successful Restaurants
Reach More Customers: Restaurant Social Media Marketing
Classes that interested me but I was too busy on the floor to make included: 7 Ways to Market Your Restaurant’s Catering Brand, The Key to Finding Good Employees, 10 Reasons Why You Should Pay Attention to Your Menu Design,
Productive Team Habits Trending in Successful Restaurants and Increasing Customer Satisfaction and Driving Restaurant Sales and Exploding Profits Through Grass Roots Marketing and a Productive Team.
I made it halfway through a class on why you might want to add a food truck to your existing business or start your restaurant career with a food truck but it overlapped into another meeting, “Pitch the Press”, where writers get to see the latest trends and I couldn’t miss that one. The ones of note for me included:
The AngelPo CombiOven that did it all: pasteurization, chilling, smoking, dehydration and the obvious: cooking, a large plastic and super quiet Bissell Wide Areas Sweeper that could suck up anything from dust to water bottles, Pumpkin Spice Cheddar from Fiscalini Cheeses in Modesto, Fresh Origins edible flowers and Herb Crystals for chefs and mixologists, German company Vito that created an Oil Filter System that avoids all human touch, Zorijushi (Zo-ri-jushi) made a stainless Steel Vacuum Creamer Dairy Server that attempts to retrain everyone how not to spill creamer, and the winner by our votes was The Real Company for their decently-priced Pink Himalayan Salt, Real Cane Sugar and Basmati Rice that focuses on giving back and organics.
Information on the Foodservice Council for Women, Torch Award Recipients, Beacon Award Recipients, Hospitality, Leadership and Profitability Workshop, Rapid Fire Challenge and Trans Inclusivity Workshop can be read here under the Education tab.
About the Western Foodservice Show
This premier 3-day event encompasses everything you need to master the emerging trends, amp up your profits, energize your business and engage your customers in unique and memorable ways. Join 8,000+ of your peers at the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo, where you’ll have access to the hottest menu trends, state of the art design and decor, the best in business education and 500 of the leading vendors and purveyors dedicated to serving the restaurant & foodservice community — all under one roof!
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits
Once again the organizers at LA Scotch Club put together a mighty tasting. This time it would be whisky from Argentina, Australia, Tasmania, South Africa and New Zealand. And if trying whisky from these areas wasn’t unique enough, they took it one step further and decided to pair the EIGHTEEN samples with regional food.
I was not at the event as press, so it wasn’t until I got home that I smacked my forehead and thought, “gee, that was something to write about.” So my notes are brief, just a little of what I thought was remarkable. However, at the event, all of us had a grand time describing the aromas and flavors we found. I can recollect that my descriptors included banana peel, toasted marshmallow, praline almond, cream, vanilla, chocolate, smoke, cigar and many others.
This is the event that we have been waiting for two years for. The LA Scotch Club will be turning the whisky upside down in more ways than one as we head to the other side of the world to experience the whiskies of Argentina, Australia (and Tasmania), New Zealand, and South Africa. There has never been another whisky tasting like this anywhere in the world. Many of these bottles had to travel the continents in suitcases to arrive here as they are not sold outside of their home country…
During the whisky tasting of 18 different pours (20 for LASC members) we’ll enjoy the cuisine and music from the countries we are visiting. Argentine steak, empanadas, South African Boerewors and more will be shared as we bbq over wood coals.
Vacio (flank steak) cooked over wood coals – Argentina
Assortment of Empanadas – Argentina
Boerewors (sausage) – South Africa
Billatong jerky – South Africa
Australian Potato Salad – Australia
Kiwi fruit – New Zealand
Pavlova – Australia
(I found the sausage and jerky too gamey – dry and darkly spiced – for my tastes but I could see how it could complement the whiskeys. The potato salad, empanadas and fruit were very yummy. My favorite dish was the Vacio flank steak, especially when I covered it in sauce.)
WHISKY (My favorites – before bottle fatigue set in – are noted as #FINDMORE)
La Alazana Patagonian Single Malt
Lark Distiller’s Selection
Smith’s of Angaston 14yr #FINDMORE
Limeburners Single Whisky (cask M97)
Starward Wine Cask
Tasmanian Heartwood – Four Corners of Ross
Sullivan’s Cove Small Batch French Oak Casks #FINDMORE
Sullivan’s Cove Cask Strength Bourbon Cask #FINDMORE
Overeem Port Cask #FINDMORE
Cradle Mountain 18yr Cadenhead’s
Waitui Manuka Mead Barrel
Thomson Two Tone Release #FINDMORE
South Island 21yr
Draymans Solera Reserve
Three Ships 10yr
Bain’s Cape Single Grain Whisky
LASC Member-Only Bottles
Bakery Hill Doublewood
Tasmanian Heartwood – Four Corners of Ross
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits.
The Torch Award, which symbolizes Illumination, Energy, Joy, Victory, Enlightenment, Hope and Education will be presented to Roy Choi on Sunday, August 25 at 3:30 pm on Center Stage by The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo and The California Restaurant Association. This prestigious award was created to honor outstanding chefs and/or restaurateurs who embody all those qualities and characteristics. Roy was chosen for his outstanding knowledge and leadership; philanthropic and community efforts; extraordinary talent and creativity; and his innovation and inspiration.