I am in a meetup group called Vinous Envy. Here is the description of the group on the meetup.com listing:
Vinous Envy: A group of wine aficionados, who possess at least a basic knowledge of wine. We yearn to taste more, learn more, and share the fun times and each other's company while exploring the vast and fabulous world of wine!
So, this group holds events (every so often) called "Food and Wine Pairing Challenges". They are cooking and pairing contests in which a lot of pride and effort go into creating dishes and coming up with their perfect wine matches to share with each other. We also do it for bragging rights and even a little cash!
The theme of this challenge was "Upscale Comfort Foods".
Each team of two were randomly picked from a list of people who signed up to attend the event. One person was in charge of the food, and one person was in charge of the wine pairing.
I was a judge at this event, though everyone who attended got to taste and vote. Maximum fun for all that way!
The evening was kicked off with this delicious salad that our hostess, Tammi, prepared. It was a mixed greens salad with candied walnuts, feta cheese, and persimmons! Yum.
Then, each dish was sampled by all, along with the chosen wine. Here are pictures of each dish and wine label they chose to pair it with:
Andrea & Bart
Potatoes au Gratin with Ham
2006 Acadia Chardonnay
Rick & Lori
Lobster Mac & Cheese
2006 Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Chardonnay
Chuck & Mary
2005 Artesa Pinot Noir
Alan & Bill
2006 Ruffino Chianti Classico Aziano Tuscany
Marsh & Caroline
Extra Sharp Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese
2006 Matchbook Tempranillo Dunnigan Hills Winery
Paul & Cyndi
Sloppy Joe Tartlets with Cornbread Crust
2007 Sobon Estate Amador County Zinfandel Old Vines
Darralyn & Tessa
Tuscan Ragu with Polenta
2005 Brutacao Quadriga
Lyle & Dawn
Beef Bourguignon with Potatoes
2004 Foppiano Petite Sirah, Russian River Valley
Nancy & Jason
Caramel Apple Crisp
Noelle & Scott
Pots de Creme au Chocolat
2006 Carol Shelton "Black Magic" Late Harvest Zinfandel, Somoma
Our hostess Tammi carefully tallied all the votes after all the dishes were presented. Tension filled the room (not really) as the winners were about to be announced. And a hush fell over the crowd…
Third Place Winners: Andrea and Bart, Potatoes au Gratin with Ham
Second Place Winners: Tessa and Darralyn, Tuscan Ragu with Polenta
First Place Winners: Noelle & Scott, Pots de Creme au Chocolat
And as you can see, no one had any fun at all:
Me and my homies… what a splendid evening!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Vinous Envy: Wine and Food Pairing Challenge, Upscale Comfort Foods
Love & Sugar xoxo cakegrrl2007