Looking for the perfect gift for your wine loving friends, boss, loved ones, but don’t have a lot of time to shop? Here are a few tips that I’ve come across recently that will make the buying easy, as shopping on line always does, and make you look good.
David Adelsheim is one of the fathers of Pinot Noir in Willamette Valley, starting his winery sheltered by the Chehalem Mountains in the early 1970′s. Since then they have been producing world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their Reserve gift pack features the best of both of these with their 2009 Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir and their 2010 Caitlin’s Reserve Chardonnay. 2009 is said to be one of the best for Oregon Pinot Noir in recent years, and Adelsheim is sure to do it right. Continue reading "Holiday Gifts For the Wine Lover"5 Comments »
It is hard to believe the Stephan Pyles Celebrity Chef Dinner is already in its 12th year. The event raises money for the Stephan Pyles Culinary Scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship compete in the Stephan Pyles Culinary Scholarhip Cookoff, an Iron Chef-style event that takes place in the summer. In the first phase of that competition, the student prepares an application packet which includes the menu that they would prepare. A panel of professional judges selects the top ten, which are sent to Stephan Pyles who selects the top three. In the second phase, the three finalists spend two days prepping, cooking, and erving their menus to a panel of culinary experts that includes Stephan Pyles. The winner receives a $15,000 scholarship made payable to their school, a $500 stipend to travel with Chef Pyles to a celebrity chef fundraising event, and the opportunity to present a course at the Celebrity Chef Dinner and Wine Auction which took place last Sunday.
Let’s get down to the evening. Continue reading "Report: Stephan Pyles 12th Annual Celebrity Chef Dinner and Wine Auction"2 Comments »
Oh my, what a great idea and perfect timing. Today comes word that an unnamed “culinary incubator,” a space to help start-up food entrepreneurs launch their own businesses, will open when Sylvan | Thirty opens next year. Local chef Sharon Hage will be the Culinary Curator. She is, in my book, the Earth Mother.
What a great fit. Hage will help local artisans and food businesses get up and running. The focus, naturally, will be on local start-ups and chefs upping their game. Participants will pay a membership to join. They will have access to a shared commercial kitchen and retail space which will enable them to sell their products without the initial expense of building out their own space. Cox Farms Market and Matador Meat & Wine have already signed on as neighbors at Sylvan | Thirty.
I think this culinary incubator needs a proper name. Shall we give it one?16 Comments »