I am over the moon to be participating for the first time in Toronto Food & Wine. Even more exciting is that I’m being reunited on the stage with one of my all-time favorite people -- walking wine encyclopedia, Anthony Giglio. He and I will be presenting the cheeses and wines of Ontario (for those not up on your Canadian geography, that would be the province of which Toronto is the capital). For my solo seminar, I’ll be presenting the cheeses and wines of Canada from British Columbia to Prince Edward Island and all points in between. In addition, Heritage BBQ by Cochon 555 will be going international for the first time. Happily, I will be among the so called “celebrity judges” judging the pork creations cooked by five Toronto chefs. Tasty? You bet. If you happen to be going to Toronto (Toronto Film Festival, anyone?) or are already there, then come on down for lots and lots of tasty eats and drinks and a whole lot of fun.
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Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta
Wine? Chile? Santa Fe? How much more is there to say about this spectacular event? This unique celebration of all that's good in life is celebrating its 25th year, and not surprisingly, with each year, the event gets more popular. This will be my eleventh year as a presenter, and even though there's no such saying, "elevent times is the charm," the fact is, I love this event so much that, well, I keep thinking practice will make perfect. The content of my seminars haven’t hasn’t been decided yet, but as soon they are, you’ll be among the first to know. Stay tuned.
Mac & Cheese and Wine Pairing
Back by popular demand, this class is all about decadence. First, we will discover just what it is that makes this classic favorite a special and gourmet treat by tasting four different macs & cheese. But that’s not all. In addition, we will have a plate of cheeses I’ve selected to taste on their own as well as use for the macs & cheese. And… I will choose wines to go with each of the cheeses as well as the mac & cheese, so we’ll be rockin’ and rollin’ the whole time. One piece of advice: don’t eat lunch that day!
Mac & Cheese and Wine Pairing
'Tis the season… for fortified wine. Think Port, Madeira, and Sherry and you’ll get the idea behind this class. Cheeses and their fortified wine partners is the theme, and it’s going to be a good one. Madeira is one of the best food wines there is (not just cheese), and so too Sherry and Port. We’ll explore the world of fortified wine and cheese pairing by tasting, tasting, tasting. Be sure to have your designated driver on speed-dial.
Say Cheese, Please !
When it comes to cheese, there are two classics: grilled cheese and mac & cheese. Well, I’ve written two books on grilled cheese, and one on mac & cheese, and both classics will get top billing in this class. I’ll be featuring four creamy, gooey, utterly irresistible mac & cheese and grilled cheese recipes from my books along with the perfect wines to go with them. But that’s not all. I’ll also select special cheeses to feature in the cooked dishes for everyone to taste in their pre-cooked form. And last but not least, those cheeses will be paired with the wines, posing the question, which is the better complement to the wine? The cheeses on their own or with the cooked dishes instead? Or are they good with both? Come decide at this fun and decidedly cheesy class.
Cheese & Chocolate – The Worlds two best foods on One Plate, One Palate
Cheese and chocolate may or may not sound like an intuitive pairing, but together, the right pairings can be transcendent. Not only that, both American artisan cheese and so-called bean-to-bar (from the source) chocolate-making in America are unprecedented in their popularity. Get the basics on American chocolates and cheeses with me at this iconic cookware store and cooking school in beautiful Eugene, Oregon, and taste these two swoonworthy foods side-by-side in a variety of combinations. How well do they pair? Hint: extremely well. But that’s for you to judge. Besides, even if you don’t like the pairings, you can be sure you’ll love both the chocolates and cheeses on their own. Can you say “slam dunk?” Oh, and yes – there’ll be a little vino to sip alongside. Maybe even a craft beer too. Surprises await!