Top 100 ‘Hot Spot’ Restaurants in the US
April 12, 2015 – 5:38 pm | Comments Off

OpenTable, a provider of online restaurant reservations, has unveiled the 2015 Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable …

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Northwest Wine & Cheese Tour
April 25, 2015 – 8:55 am | Comments Off

washington_marrowstone-wineryNew wine and cider releases are paired with locally crafted artisan cheeses during the Olympic Peninsula’s annual Northwest Wine & Cheese Tour, set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2 and 3, 2015.

A total of ten wineries and cideries located in the Washington State towns of Chimacum, Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles, and on Marrowstone Island are participating. Tickets at $30 are available at the wineries on the days of the tour. They include wine and cheese tasting at all venues plus a commemorative wine glass. (Independently, each venue charges a $5 tasting fee.)

Tour highlights:

• Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Chimacum, is celebrating the sweetness of Spring with the release of its Honey Meadow botanical cider and honey-fermented Cyser. Enjoy these sips of the season with beautiful bites of chèvre from local goat dairy, Mystery Bay Farm. Visitors will also enjoy Pane D’Amore cheese sticks hot out of the oven!

• Marrowstone Vineyards, located in the town of Nordland on Marrowstone Island, is teaming up with Mt. Townsend Creamery to offer pairings of three new wine releases with delicious, locally made cheeses. Wine releases include the 2014 Wedding Day Chardonnay, 2014 Riesling Come Home,2014 Gewurztraminer and the 2013 Black Cat Pinot Noir.

• In Port Townsend, Lullaby Winery will feature a curated selection of cheeses from France and the Pacific Northwest for pairing with its wines. The patio will be open and visitors will be able to purchase wines by the glass.

• At FairWinds Winery, also in Port Townsend, sample current wine releases paired with a selection of cheeses by award-winning Mt. Townsend Creamery.

• Alpenfire Cider, Port Townsend, will pair three hard ciders with Chimacum Valley Dairy’s West Valley Wheel Cheese and nut-based pastries from Port Townsend’s Pastry Design by Anca. Ciders include Spark! Semi-Sweet, Calypso Blackberry Rum Cider, and Smoke Barrel Aged Cider.

• Another Port Townsend cidery, Eaglemount Wine & Cider, will pair its wines and ciders with cheeses from Whiskey Hill Goat Dairy and Crimson Cove Smoked Specialty, a smoke house located in Poulsbo specializing in smoked cheeses. New releases include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Rhubarb Cider and Raspberry Ginger Cider.

• In Sequim, Wind Rose Cellars will pair its award-winning wines with the award-winning cheeses of Chehalis’ Black Sheep Creamery. A new vintage of Bell Bottom White, a delicious off dry Muscato, will be released for the tour. On Saturday at 7 p.m., the winery will host jazz singer Jenny Davis and award-winning pianist Eric Verlinde.

• Olympic Cellars, Port Angeles, is celebrating with a Cinco de Mayo theme! Golden Glenn Creamery of Bow, Wash. is back this year with favorite cheeses for pairing with Madeleine Angevine 2014, Chardonnay 2014, Unoaked , and Dungeness Red – Lemberger 2013, an “Old World” grape with origins in Austria and Germany, this is Olympic Cellar’s heritage wine. Local jazz musician Al Harris will perform from Noon – 2 p.m. on Saturday.

• Also in Port Angeles, Camaraderie Cellars will host Willapa Hills Creamery – delicious cheeses made from sheep and cow’s milk. New wine releases include the 2012 Malbec and 2012 Madrona. Visitors can also savor tasty bites of Northwest mac and cheese with smoked salmon from Michael’s Seafood and Steakhouse.

• Harbinger Winery, Port Angeles, will pair some of its award-winning wines and new releases with the raw, organic cheeses of Cascadia Creamery. Try cheese samples with alluring names such as Sleeping Beauty, Glacier Blue, and Cloud Cap. Harbinger will also pour its wine made from locally grown grapes, Sieg-MA.

(Photo courtesy of Marrowstone Vineyards)

Craft Beer Week in Madison
April 24, 2015 – 8:50 am | Comments Off
Craft Beer Week in Madison

Wisconsin’s largest craft beer week celebrates its fifth anniversary May 1 through 10, 2015 (which, actually, is longer than a week in order to encompass two weekends).
More than 100 different Greater Madison area restaurants, pubs …

“Fish to Fork” Culinary Weekend
April 23, 2015 – 8:05 am | Comments Off
“Fish to Fork” Culinary Weekend

The second annual “Fish to Fork” culinary weekend on Florida’s Amelia Island takes place April 30 through May 3, 2015, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, 39 Beach Lagoon Road, Amelia Island, Florida.
“Fish to …

Texas Crab Fest
April 22, 2015 – 8:55 am | Comments Off
Texas Crab Fest

Music, arts and crabs are promised at the 30th annual Texas Crab Fest, set for May 8, 9 and 10, 2015, in Gregory Park, 2292 Highway 87, Crystal Beach, Texas. Yes, Road Trips Foodies: that’s …

April 21, 2015 – 8:09 am | Comments Off

Uncorked! The San Francisco Wine Festival takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. May 9, 2015, in San Francisco, California.
Look for it in Ghirardelli Square and on Beach Street between Larkin and Polk Streets.
Tasting tickets …

Woodbine Crawfish Festival
April 20, 2015 – 8:00 am | Comments Off
Woodbine Crawfish Festival

The 30th annual Crawfish Festival takes place April 24 and 25, 2015, at Waterfront Park and Riverwalk, Woodbine, Georgia.
Look for food (including lots of crawfish etoufée), entertainment, arts & crafts, cloggers, square dancing and children’s …

World Tea Expo
April 19, 2015 – 8:32 am | Comments Off
World Tea Expo

The next World Tea Expo takes place May 6, 7 and 8, 2015, at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California.
Highlights of the expo, which focuses on premium teas and related products, include:

Artisan Chocolate, Cheese, & Wine
April 18, 2015 – 8:23 am | Comments Off
Artisan Chocolate, Cheese, & Wine

If you’re thinking of heading to Switzerland this summer, Road Trips Foodies, here’s a thought: a nine-day tour that combines chocolate, cheese and wine.
“Cheese, Chocolate, and the Scenic Alps”, a small group tour from Alpenwild …

April 17, 2015 – 8:10 am | Comments Off

Muenster, Texas, will host its 40th annual Germanfest April 24, 25 and 26, 2015.
Think: German sausage, sauerkraut, schnitzel, potato salad, apple strudel, cheeses and breads. Not to mention beer (including German imports). After all, Muenster …

Food, Wine and Music Festival
April 16, 2015 – 8:39 am | Comments Off
Food, Wine and Music Festival

“Savor Bowie”, a Food, Wine and Music Festival, is set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 25, 2015, in the Bowie Town Center, 15606 Emerald Way, Bowie, Maryland.
There’ll be complimentary food tastings from local …

Butter & Egg Day
April 15, 2015 – 8:52 am | Comments Off
Butter & Egg Day

Eggs and dairy products fueled an economic boom in Petaluma, California, in the early 1900s. That agricultural heritage is celebrated during Butter & Egg Day, set for April 25, 2015, in downtown Petaluma.
The celebration, now …