Sharpen those taste buds for Food and Wine Weekend
Ready for a gourmet taste sensation? Then toss those jalapeno cheese puffs and get ready for the annual Food and Wine Weekend, a foodie festival extraordinaire. Gourmet get-togethers will be held at sites all around town from Wed., Nov. 7 through Sun., Nov. 11. Fifteen venues have at least 30 events slated, from wine seminars and premiers to elaborate dinners and cuisine classes; there's something for everyone during the festival, from beginning tasters to experienced gourmands.
The event starts on Wednesday evening with a gala grand opening celebration at the Crescent Hotel, plus a wine-tasting 'Splash in the Glass' event at Autumn Breeze restaurant. On Thursday, enjoy a variety of perfectly matched meals with wine at various locations, plus the La Soiree Des Vins, a wine event at Keels Creek, the area's only winery; the event will raise money for charity while plying visitors with tempting Hors d'oeuvres, wine, and live music.
Friday's highlights include a cooking class with culinary instructor Karen Gros; tours and tasting at Keels Creek winery; special meals and events at Autumn Breeze, Cottage Inn, Crescent Hotel, Café Soleil, Grand Taverne, Mud Street Café, Café Amore, Rogue's Manor, New Delhi Café and Chelsea's, plus after-dinner ports and cigars at the Pied Piper Pub. Selected menus include an Indian buffet, a wild game dinner, homemade pizza, and more.
On Saturday, Chelsea's will sponsor a salsa competition from 3-5 p.m., followed by live music, and a selection of tempting wine-and-dinner pairings will be held at participating eateries, including an Italian wine dinner at the Cottage Inn and Rogue's Manor, plus Thai treats and Washington state wines at Mud Street Café.
Brunch is the star on Sunday's lineup, along with a Castle Rogue's Manor tour and a flight of four exclusive champagnes. Throughout the weekend, official sponsor Booze Brothers Liquor will assist those looking for wines that diners have tasted at the event, Little Bread Company will offer a selection of homemade pastries, breads and desserts, including the irresistible taste of champagne cream puffs, tours will be available at Keels Creek, and Tummy Ticklers Kitchen Store will be offering a wide selection of wine accessories and other must-have items for the gourmet-at-home.
Reservations are required for all Food and Wine events; contact restaurants individually, or for a complete list of participants and contact info, visit www.eurekasprings.org/events. For more information, pick up a copy of the Food & Wine Weekend festival guide.