The Ultimate Crocker Starr Harvest Party  “Carnivus Maximus”

The Ultimate Crocker Starr Harvest Party “Carnivus Maximus”

Its that time of year again for the Harvest Party of the year at Crocker Starr – Carnivus Maximus

When summer is on the way out with the colors of fall burgeoning upon the valley and the aromas of harvest are perfuming the air, what better time for a celebration of wine, harvest, and merriment. One of the queens of the crop orchestrated by winemaker and co-owner Pam Starr is Crocker Starr’s Annual Carnivus Maximus soiree held every year on the Sunday before Labor Day at the winery’s St. Helena location.

Over 400 Crocker Starr Casali Members, friends and family descended on a very warm Sunday afternoon this past September to make merry under the Big Top with an abundance of food, flowing wine, music, dancing and frolicking. Games, photo booths, prizes galore, a grand raffle and more are all part of the experience. This renowned afternoon extravaganza has been coined as “the greatest wine celebration of the year”.

Charlie Crocker and Pam Starr

Charlie Crocker and Pam Starr

Adding to the flow of the afternoon, owners Charlie Crocker and Pam Starr continuously popped the corks on Crocker Starr library wines, large format bottles from the cellar and pre-release vintages. And, of course, there was also no shortage on fantastic food at the spread of flavors presented on the colorful and festive buffet tables under the party tent.

2010 was the inaugural first Carnivus event where Charlie, Pam, friends and family celebrated in a small intimate setting with a 10-year vertical tasting in the historic 1918 Farmhouse. The Carnivus Celebration was conceived and its roots began with the roasting of the traditional “blessed” pig while sharing great Crocker Starr wine and stories under the Stonehouse Arbor.

Carnivus Crocker Starr Buffet

Carnivus Crocker Starr Buffet

The tradition continued in 2011 and in 2012, the first party like a #rockStarr had begun. They upped their game and expanded their annual party by bringing in a selection of local purveyors to prepare the ultimate spread with Zuzu’s famous Paella, Hog Island Oysters and of course the pig roasted to perfection by Smoke, who have all been a part of the party since. Also featured this at this year’s celebration were Fatted Calf Charcuterie, Napa Valley Crust wood-fired pizzas and keeping the guests cool – Paradise Shaved Ice.

Live music and dancing and fun and games like guess the cork, giant Jenga and ring toss to win your very own grapevine were also added to the festivities of Carnivus Maximus. Guests also collected stamps on their passport to enter into a drawing to win one of the 3 Big prizes – Grand, Grander and Grandest. Every year the Crocker Starr Labor Day weekend celebration gets bigger and better and is always a quick sell-out event! There are always new surprises in store each year for their returning guests, family and friends!

Crocker StarrThe event’s success is attributed to the amazing orchestration by the Crocker Starr team and their Napa Valley event planner, Sasha Souza Events who has been designing the event for the past 3 years. Plans are already in the making for next year’s festivities.

Crocker Starr – Estate old vines sustainably & responsibly grown and farmed continuously since 1870, now handcrafting a small production of exquisite, world-class wines from their historic vineyard estate in St. Helena. Winemaker and co-owner Pam Starr designs the estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec blend and Sauvignon Blanc to capture the essence of the extraordinary terroir of the vineyard.

For information and tickets, if available please call 707-967-9111

Located at 700 Dowdell Lane in St. Helena.


The Great Rose Pairing at CIA Copia

The Great Rose Pairing at CIA Copia

Experience Rose at CIA – Copia


Summer wine and food events are abundant around the Napa Valley during the summer months. One of the more unique and refreshing events which took place at the CIA at Copia this summer was The Great Rosé Pairing held this summer at CIA at Copia. Rosé and other pink wines have accelerated in popularity over the past several years with many wineries adding a Rosé style to their wine portfolios. Pink Wines from all over the US and the globe were represented at this lively, colorful event.

Experience Rosé: The Competition Director, Debra Del Fiorentino, describes the growing passion for Rosé: “Right now, we are in what I call “The Rosé Revolution” here in the US. We’ve finally learned what Italy and France have known for ages and we’re jumping on the Rosé bandwagon. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome of this year’s event. This competition had all the right elements in play and took off at an astronomical pace in terms of entries and interests. The timing was just right.”

Rosé is a type of wine that extrapolates its pink color from limited contact with grape skins and is one of the oldest known types of wine. The pink color can range from a pale “onion-skin” orange to a vivid near-purple, depending on the varietals used and winemaking techniques. There are three major ways to produce rosé wine: skin contact, saignée, and blending. Rosé wines can be made still, semi-sparkling or sparkling and with a wide range of sweetness levels from highly dry Provençal rosé to sweet White Zinfandels and blushes. Rosé wines are made from many different grape varietals and can be found all around the globe, as was represented at the event at The Great Rosé Pairing event.

The event in its fifth year, formerly known as Rosé Today also showcased paired tasty bites created by various teams of CIA student chefs, offering cuisine from six major Rosé producing regions: France, Spain, Italy, as well as Northern, Central and Southern California.

The Six Culinary teams from around the region and the world participated in the paired cuisine:

  1. Team Spain – Pulpo de Maria alla Coggiola
  2. Team Italy – Pesce Marinato and Negroni Macaron
  3. Team France – Ratatouille and Lemon Mascarpone French Crêpes
  4. Team Northern California – Mt. St. Tomato (Sundried tomato crackers with Humboldt Fog and Ricotta mousse topped with jellied consommé cube and a sundried basil and chili infused olive oil snow)
  5. Team Southern California – Southern California Fusion Fish Tacos
  6. Team Central California – Burrata with Nectarine Compote on a Garlic Rubbed Crostini and Burnt Honey and Tarragon Ricotta on a Lemon Herb Cracker and Nectarine Compote

The winning culinary team: Team Spain with “Pulpo de Maria alla Coggiola”

The rosé cocktails and refreshers that were prepared featured the Hangar 1 Rosé Vodka:

  1. Team 1:  Spritzer — Stop and Smell Rosé / Cocktail — Peach of My Heart
  2. Team 2:  Spritzer — The Golden State / Cocktail — Summer Mule

Winning Refresher:  Stop and Smell the Rosé (Team #1)

Winning Cocktail:  Summer Mule (Team #2)

The Great Rose Pairing offered 25 wineries pouring their Rose varietals during the event at CIA at Copia, including:

  • DRAXTON WINES, 2017 Draxton Pinot Meunier (Best in Show) 
  • LAZY CREEK VINEYARDS, 2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Double Gold)
  • SIMPLE LIFE, 2017 Rosé (Double Gold)
  • DOMAINE LAURIER, NV Brut Rosé (Gold, Best of Class)
  • FLEUR DE MER, 2017 Cotes de Provence Rosé (Gold, Best of Class)
  • NICHELINI FAMILY WINERY, 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé (Gold, Best of Class)
  • Alexander Valley Vineyards, 2017 Dry Rosé of Sangiovese (Gold)
  • Blue Sky Vineyard, 2017 Rosé (Gold)
  • Domaine Anderson, 2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Gold)
  • Ferrari-Carano 2017 Dry Rosé of Sangiovese (Gold)
  • Fillmore West Vineyards, 2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Gold)
  • Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery, NV Chambourcin Rosé (Gold)
  • Handley Cellars, 2017 Pinot Noir Rosé (Gold)
  • Illinois Sparkling Co., 2016 Brut Rosé de Saignée (Gold)
  • J Vineyards, NV Brut Rosé (Gold)
  • Kokomo, 2017 Grenache Rosé (Gold)
  • Le Grand Courtage, NV Brut Rosé (Gold)
  • Marilyn Wines, 2017 Marilyn Monroe Rosé (Gold)
  • Mathis Wine, 2017 Rosé de Grenache (Gold)
  • Moshin Vineyards, 2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Gold)
  • Muscardini Cellars, 2017 Rosato de Sangiovese (Gold)
  • Red Car, 2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Gold)
  • Twelve Oaks Vineyard (Gold)
  • Wilson of Dry Creek, 2017 Dorothy’s Rosé (Gold)

Below is the recipe for the winning cocktail of the day (voted on by attendees) – the Summer Mule. It featured the Hangar 1 Rosé Vodka.


(created by Kenny Belgard and Parker James, students from The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone’s Wine and Beverage program)

  • 2 parts ginger beer
  • 1 part Hangar 1 Rosé Vodka
  • 1 part Rosé wine
  • Mint for muddling
  • .25 parts lime juice (We had our limes pre-juiced because of time, but it would be better if fresh limes were used. Use 1/4 lime per drink)
  • .25 parts Perfect PureeRed Raspberry (local Napa product – may not need .25 parts – we did to taste)
  • Garnish with raspberry halve and lime segment

Muddle the lime and mint together. Strain the mint/lime juice mixture into a mixing glass. Add vodka, rose, and raspberry puree. Mix. Pour into iced glass and top with ginger beer. Mix again and garnish.



Planning a Wedding in the Napa Valley

Planning a Wedding in the Napa Valley

Wedding Planning Tips to Tying the Knot in Wine Country

Weddings in Napa Valley’s wine country has become a vast industry over the last 20 years and growing by leaps and bounds every day. Napa Valley exudes romance with its Tuscan painted hills, miles and miles of rolling lush vineyards, charming boutique hotels, and 5-star restaurants. Who wouldn’t want to get married here? What a truly magical place to tie the knot. Lovebirds flock here in droves to find the perfect venue to celebrate their nuptials and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Photo by TJ Salsman

Ten reasons to tie the Knot in Napa Valley!!!!

  • The Napa Valley is Gorgeous during every season!
  • The Cuisine and Wine are internationally renowned!
  • Your family and friends have never been here!
  • You met your fiancé in Napa Valley!
  • Napa Valley was your first trip together!
  • Your favorite wine is from Napa Valley!
  • Bottle Rock is your favorite Music Event!
  • Bottle Shock” is your favorite movie!
  • Because your honeymoon is not in Fiji!
  • And why KNOT!!!!

Photo by TJ Salsman

Over 90% of the wedding ceremonies performed in the Napa Valley are brides and grooms from all over the map. No wonder it is such big business! Weddings in the Napa Valley range from small elopement style weddings to large celebrity style galas; from a La Carte to all-inclusive; from small pocket-book to money is no object. Big or intimate, your perfect dream wedding awaits in the Napa Valley.

It’s twelve months before your big wedding day, and you really want that dream Napa Valley Wedding however you live far away and haven’t a clue on where to start or who to call. The thought is overwhelming at the prospect of doing this on your own; however, the world is virtually at your fingertips; a Napa Valley Wedding is just a Google away. But then you realize with all of the choices popping up on your iPad, who do you call first? This is, after all, going to be your perfect magical day, the wedding of your dreams! Your nerves are already fluttering at the excitement of your recent engagement and its only one short year to the “Big Day” when you will be Mr. and Mrs! Where to start?

Photo by TJ Salsman

The plethora of wine country wedding information is in abundance, yet rest assured with the assistance of your carefully selected wedding planner, your big day will come off without a glitch. Even if you decided not to use a wedding planner and choose to coordinate the details on your own, there is plenty of information to get you on your way.  No matter who you speak with, they will all have plenty of great referrals and references to suit all of your wedding needs.

Photo by TJ Salsman

It used to be 20 years ago that weddings in the Napa Valley consisted of hosting weddings at hotels, resorts, and a few wineries or area restaurants. It has since opened up to a wide variety of venues comprised of high-class resorts, country clubs, restaurants, vineyard settings and a small selection of permitted wineries and private estates to name a few ideas. Keep in mind that due to county regulations, 99% of the Napa Valley wineries do not allow actual weddings at the wineries. For those that do have limited access through personal relationships, it is one of the most exclusive, elite, luxury destinations in California if not the world to commit your vows to the person you love.

And for those who do not have access to the coveted winery venues due to restrictive laws established to protect the beauty and bounty of our agricultural preserve, they offer such world-class resorts such as Meadowood, Auberge, Calistoga Ranch, Solage, The Meritage, Silverado Resort, Carneros Resort & Spa, The Estate in Yountville, and Los Alcobas Resort.


Photo by Art & Clarity

David Aten of David Aten Events, a well-known Napa Valley event planner commented, “There is an abundance of talent in the wedding, event, hospitality industry in the Napa Valley. You have some of the best planners, photographers, chefs, florists, and hospitality professionals to offer you the world-class wedding of your dreams!”

Establishing your venue is usually your first task and most important, as it will depend on the availability of your desired setting for the ceremony and reception and then, of course, locking in the dates of your perfect chosen venue. Once that is set in stone, then determining the wedding details are the next task at hand. Now that the biggest hurdle is done, the rest will all soon fall in to place. Let’s not forget \working within your budget.

Photo by TJ Salsman

Here are a few things to think about in your planning process: Wedding party accommodations, Officiant, rehearsal dinner location, reception food and beverages, event venue design and decor, music, florists, photographers/videographers and rental companies. Your selected event planner will help guide you through this process with recommendations and referrals for you to proceed with, or based on your style, tastes and budget they can handle every single detail every step of the way. Most wedding planners suggest Pinterest as an excellent place to gather ideas, though, even better just check out all of the information and photos you find on the internet for Napa Valley weddings.

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Here are a few Napa Valley websites to get you started: They have a wedding planning guide that can help you discover the perfect vineyard, luscious garden, posh country club or luxurious resort. Wedding Packages, Elopement Packages, Officiants and Wedding Venues.  Over 20 Years in Wedding Planning offering Custom events to suit every wedding need. Puttin’On the Glitz, David Aten knows how to put on a “Show Stopping” Event

Photo by TJ Salsman

Photographers (We all know photography is a personal choice. Here are a few favorites)

TJ Salsman

Art and Clarity

A few of the Big wedding sites can also be of help with your wedding coordination which includes such tools as a pocket wedding planner, budgeter, registry and creating your own wedding website.

Photo by TJ Salsman

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Ravioli “Sunny Side Up” with Farm Egg and Truffle Butter

Ravioli “Sunny Side Up” with Farm Egg and Truffle Butter


Ravioli Recipe “Sunny side up” with Farm Egg and Truffle Butter


Ravioli “Sunny side up” with Farm Egg and Truffle Butter

Serves 4

4 fresh farm eggs (plus one egg for egg wash)

1 sheet fresh pasta (eight 5 inch squares)

½ cup cooked white beans

½ cup ricotta cheese

4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh truffle

3 ounces good sweet butter


In a tightly sealed jar, store whole eggs with fresh truffles in the refrigerator for at least 48 hours. This is critical to allow the truffle flavor to infuse. Puree well cooked white beans in food processor until smooth. Add ricotta and half of the chopped truffle and mix well to incorporate. Season with salt to taste. Load truffled bean/ricotta mixture into a pastry bag. Pipe a 3 inch circle of the bean/cheese mixture onto 4 of the pasta squares making sure the whole in the center will be the perfect size to gently cradle a raw egg yolk. Without breaking, carefully place a truffled egg yolk in the center, brush the perimeter with egg wash and carefully press the top sheet of pasta around the yolk. Trim the rim to give each piece the free form shape of a fried egg. Cook 3 minutes in boiling salted water. In the meantime warm the butter and remaining fresh truffle in a sauté pan, season with salt and swirl in a small amount of the pasta cooking liquid to make a sauce. Place each ravioli on a plate and spoon truffle butter on top. Your Ravioli recipe is ready to taste!

Interview with Ken Frank – Host Chef of the Napa Truffle Festival

Interview with Ken Frank – Host Chef of the Napa Truffle Festival

Interview with Chef Ken Frank – Host Chef of the Napa Truffle Festival

Chef Ken Frank -La Toque

I recently sat down with Chef Ken Frank of La Toque to get his personal history and recommendations for truffles. Being a celebrated Michelin star chef renowned for his knowledge of truffles, he had a lot to share. I started at the beginning…

What is your first memory of eating and/or cooking with truffles?

When I was in high school I was working at a very fancy French restaurant in Pasadena called Chez Paul. And of course, their classic recipes called for truffles and pretty much the only way you could get truffles back then was out of a can. The more experienced chefs I was working under always told me “If these were fresh truffles you could smell them across the room” so I was always kind of intrigued by it. When I had lived in France we could eat fresh fish out of Lake Geneva everyday but we didn’t even know what truffles were, let alone ever taste them.

A few years later I was working in Beverly Hills and I heard about an Italian guy, Darrel Corti of the famous Corti Brothers in Sacramento who imported fresh truffles.  So I called him up and ordered a pound. The next week I flew up to Sacramento for a cousins wedding, and went over to Corti Brothers in Sacramento to pick them up. I paid $80 dollars for that pound, a fortune at the time! I took them to my cousin’s and we put them in a jar with fresh whole eggs because I had heard that if you store the truffles with them, the eggs will absorb the truffle flavor.  The next morning for breakfast we cooked the eggs and were like WOW! I have been a truffle fan ever since!

Black Truffles

Why do you like cooking with truffles?

Truffle is one of those flavors that is very magical! They are both easy and difficult to work with. It’s about the way you cook with them, as strong a flavor as they are, you need to use them in ways that their flavor can really shine. It’s about making good choices, eggs are a great vehicle, as well as cream and cheese. They don’t work well with acidic foods or spicy foods. You need to choose things where the truffle flavor can really express itself through. And sometimes the best thing is just shaving them right on top of something.

How would you describe the flavor and aroma of truffles?

That is one of the most difficult things to describe. It’s an earthy perfume, it’s aromatic, it’s almost vanilla like though sometimes they can be more vegetal or even have a tarry note to them. Every truffle is a little bit different. White truffles are more garlicy and black truffles tend to be earthier with sweet earthy aromas but it’s very, very difficult to just describe their flavor in words. It’s almost like this primal aroma that pulls you in!

How would you describe what a truffle looks like?

When you first dig it out of the ground it looks like a dirt clod because they are covered in mud. When you brush them off, you get a gnarly, knobby, black tuber. Occasionally they are just the right size and shape to look like a chocolate truffle but usually they’re quite a bit bigger and irregularly shaped.

Black Truffle

How would you entice someone who has never tasted truffles before to try them?

I think I would just explain to them that there is good reason that they are highly sought after and if you don’t like them I won’t ever ask you again. I have yet to fail.

What is your favorite truffle dish?

It tends to run to something very simple. Probably eggs and fresh truffle, I know it is simple, it’s not particularly creative, but that flavor combination is very hard to beat!

What are your serving truffle wise on the menu right now at La Toque?

Right now, of course it is full on white truffle season, the black truffle season is just getting started. The last couple of weeks the white truffles have been very good. I am serving them right now with a potato gnocchi and pan roasted cauliflower cooked in brown butter with a little bit of Parmigiano-Reggiano, and wild mushrooms and then we shave white truffles over the top.

How long have you been involved with the Napa Truffle Festival and how would you describe your influence?

In January, this will be our 8th annual Napa Truffle Festival. It has certainly grown better every year. The first year that we did it I invited three fantastic Michelin Star chefs to come cook with us. The next year we added a lunch at a winery and a wild mushroom foraging hike. The next year we added another lunch at a winery and a cooking demonstration. For Two Winery Truffle Lunches.

And now we have developed it into a full weekend with the Marketplace at the Oxbow Market on the Monday. This year we’re adding an educational program we call “Dig Truffles” that will be open to locals at the CIA  Copia campus on Monday afternoon.

How did you get involved with the Napa Truffle Festival?

I have just always been a chef who loves cooking with truffles and have been cooking with truffles for over 40 years now. There really wasn’t anything quite like the Napa Truffle festival when we started it, it’s pretty unique. It has become very popular. We now attract people from all over the US. We sold out most of the tickets in a week. There are only a few tickets left for a few of the events.

Food and Wine Events Around the Country

Food and Wine Events Around the Country

The Best of Food and Wine Festivals around America!!!


The Napa Valley is well known for it’s many signature food and wine events. The granddaddy of them all is our very own Napa Valley Wine Auction that takes place every June here in the Napa Valley and is one of the most prestigious and successful wine events in the country. Over the years many new events around the US have been popping up offering food and wine enthusiasts new opportunities to indulge in delicious events hosted in their favorite travel destinations from palm trees and beaches to snow capped mountain settings and everywhere in between.


These spectacular food and wine events offer attendees the opportunity to savor amazing dishes offered by both local chefs and notable celebrity chefs. Also on the scene are vintners from around the world from your favorite wine appellations pouring their signature varietals. Most events also offer charity auctions, cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, guest chefs specialty lunches and dinners as well as special events pertinent to the region. Food and wine events are usually limited during fall months as vintners are busy with harvest and crush. Though you can easily find a food and wine event every month of the year…


Here are a few of the best food and wine events offered during the year:


January Events


Naples Winter Wine Festival – Naples, Florida                                                               

The Naples Winter Wine Festival is ranked among the top 10 arts and entertainment events for wealthy Americans. The festival has earned the distinction of being one of the most successful charity wine auctions in the nation. An array of notable Napa Vintners will join an impressive selection of vintners from around the world to share their top wines with guests of this prestigious event. Check out the festival’s website for a full list of vintner and culinary participants. In addition, world-class items will be auctioned off at the event’s signature live auction, including tickets to the Golden Globes, collections of some of the world’s most sought-after wine, a private tour of Gettysburg with legendary filmmaker Ken Burns, and much more. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation. Since its inception in 2001, the Naples Winter Wine Festival has raised more than $123 million for children in need.

28th Annual Taos Winter Wine Festival – Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

Wine Country comes to the historic town of Taos with Tao’s best restaurants serving signature appetizers and owners and wine makers from 36 participating wineries including Frank Family, Merryvale and Flora Springs. The Grand Tasting features more than 155 wines and a silent auction of rare wines. All of this while enjoying turns at Taos Ski Valley.




February Events


14th South Beach Wine and Food Festival – Miami, Florida

Presented by the Food Network and Cooking Channel, this is a national, star-studded 4-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producer, chefs and culinary personalities. The festival is taking significant strides in 2015 to enhance its Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting. The event hosts 200 renowned chefs and 150 wine and spirit producers to create over 50 events, including cooking demos, beer and wine seminars, golf tournament, dinners and lunches. A grand selection of Napa Valley wineries will be among the many participating vintners.



March Events


Florida Winefest and Auction – Sarasota, FL

The Florida Winefest and Auction features a wine tasting, brunch and charity auction, winemaker dinners, and “Wine on the Water” an upscale party featuring a huge selection of wines under the Winefest tent on Sarasota Bay. The event has awarded over $7.5 million in charitable grants with proceeds benefiting various children’s charities. Visit or call 941-952-1109



April Events


Annual Taste of Vail – Vail, Colorado

The Taste of Vail is the nation’s premier spring food and wine festival, held at several venues throughout the Vail Valley’s world-class resorts. Over 5,000 people are expected to attend this celebrated event experiencing the Vail Valley lifestyle tasting culinary treats from Colorado’s world-class restaurants and wines poured by winemakers and winery owners from around the globe. Activities include interactive cooking seminars, the 11th annual Lamb Cook-Off, après ski tastings, and the iconic Mountaintop Picnic sensory extravaganza on the top of Vail Mountain and the famous grand tasting. For information or to reserve tickets call 970-306-1334 or visit



Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine – Pebble Beach, California

Pebble Beach Food and Wine presented by Food and Wine Magazine is the premier epicurean lifestyle event on the West Coast, showcasing 250 acclaimed wineries and 75 celebrity chefs to create a hedonistic four-day gastronomical event on one of the most picturesque strips of coastline in the world. Throughout the weekend you will enjoy intimate access to the pinnacle of culinary and wine talent at wine tastings, cooking demos and some of the most exclusive, unique dining opportunities available around the world. Various locations throughout Pebble Beach, including Inn at Spanish Bay and Lodge at Pebble Beach. For info call 866-907-3663 or




New York Culinary Experience – New York, NY

Passionate food lovers enjoy an intimate weekend of hands-on master classes, cooking and conversation with more than 30 of the culinary industry’s most celebrated talents. Join in for two days of sensory adventure. You will cook, taste, laugh and learn from some of the world’s culinary giants making memories that will last a lifetime. Celebrated chefs including David Bouley, Jacques Pepin, Jean Georges Vongerichten, and more. For more information or call 646-314-4413


May Events


New Orleans Wine and Food Experience – New Orleans, Louisiana

Experience the rich cultural heritage of New Orleans through local cuisine paired with wines from around the world. This 4-day event kicks off with wine dinners around the city. The Grand Tasting features 1000 vintages and more than 75 chefs, plus seminars and the Royal Street Stroll on Thursday and the Big Gateaux Show on Friday. Tickets range from $50 to $150. Call 504-583-5550 or visit



June Events


Annual Monterey Wine Festival – Monterey, California

The Monterey Festival continues to evolve into a platform designed for the regional wine industry and the community of wine lovers. Spirits, beers, wines and chowders make this a not to be missed gathering. Professional chefs from the West Coast compete and chowder lovers pay homage. Along with all the festival ingredients, live music is the final sensation. 1-800-422-0251



Annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival, Kapalua, Maui, HI

Celebrate the 3-day event tasting celebrated wines from every region of the world paired with regional Hawaiian cuisine and a bounty of seafood fresh from the Pacific Hawaiian waters. Set on the beautiful shores with ocean views and the majestic Kapalua Resort. Tickets for select events are available for purchase a la carte. For more information call 808-665-7231 or



Food and Wine Classic In Aspen – Aspen, Colorado

Food and Wine Magazine will showcase its main areas of expertise at its 33rd annual fundraiser in the majestic Aspen Mountains featuring numerous chef celebrities like Gail Simmons and Andrew Zimmern. Guests will learn how to cook, nosh on international and regional cuisine, attend events, seminars and grand tastings. There are several pass options available. Call 877-900-9463 or visit



August Events


Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

Now in its fifth year, the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, presented with generous support from founding partners FOOD & WINE and Lexus, is a four-day epicurean event showcasing the finest in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles, and culinary personalities from throughout the nation. Set amidst one of the most iconic streets in the country and washed in cultural sophistication due to its thought leading residents like the Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Colburn School of Music, The Music Center, Grand Park, MOCA, and the much anticipated Broad Museum., the event spans the city and offers guests the chance to sample the cuisines and products from some of the most prominent epicurean influencers, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the entertainment industry’s brightest talents. The talent coming for this weekend is second to none for a food and wine festival including celebrated chefs such as Alex Guarnascehlli, Tyler Florence, Curtis Stone, Michael Chiarello, Michelle Bernstein, Thomas Keller, Elizabeth Falkner and local favorites such as Ray Garcia, Michael Fiorelli, Neal Fraser and David Lefevre.


October Events


Hawaii Food and Wine

The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival operating as a non-profit organization is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. Set in the lush island paradise of Hawai‘i, the Festival will take place over three weekends on multiple islands, featuring a roster of over 100 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. The Festival in Hawai‘i Island, Maui, and Oahu will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s local farmers, fishermen, and ranchers.