If there is ONE food that I love most, it’s pizza. I love everything about making it, smelling it, looking at it, searching for the perfect restaurant to order it, pulling off the cheese in long, thin strands, and of course, eating it.
Pizza pairs perfectly with both beer and wine (or both at the same time) and is just as tasty hot or cold OR drunk or sober.
I am so happy that Hannah agrees with me. I definitely need to meet her in person someday.
My favorite quote from any My Drunk Kitchen ever: “Really, people are just looking to transport cheese into their mouth.”
Flavor! Napa Valley is a weekend long celebration of all things food and wine in the “other” Wine Country (by other, I mean not Sonoma County). I will be attending this Friday’s main event “The Appellation Trail: Tasting Napa Valley” at The Culinary Institute of America, making sure to taste every vegetarian dish on the very large menu of Napa Valley bites to eat.If you want to join me, tickets are still for sale online at FlavorNapaValley.com.
I got exclusive sneak peak at the menu and while much of it is not “Shana friendly” there are some bites that I am looking forward to eating:
Anette’s Chocolates created by Anette Madsen:
Winter Cabernet Truffles
Himalayan Salted Caramel
Chili Lime Tequila Tortilla Brittle
Chef Neela Paniz from Neela’s will be making Vegetable Samosas with Sweet Tomato Chutney
Chef Robert Curry from The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil will be making Celery Tarte Tatin made with Quince, Point Reyes Blue, Candied Walnut
Chef Christopher Kostow from The Restaurant at Meadowood will be making Whipped Sweet Potato Cake with Curried Marshmallows and Raisin
Chef Jeffrey Jake from Silverado Resort and Spa will be making Buttermilk Panna Cotta, Citrus Marmalade and a Lavender Shortbread Cookie
Chef Jayson DeMarco from Dolce Boston – Bedford Glen Hotel will be making Tetilla Fondue with Preserved Lemon Bread
Pastry Chef Pascal Paulon from Dolce Chantilly will be making:
Choux Glaces Chocolat: Vanilla Pastry Cream Glazed with Chocolate
Macaron Framboise: Raspberry Flavored Cookie with a Creamy Chocolate Filling
Sable Vanilla a Chantilly: Cookie with whipped cream and fresh raspberry
Chef Andrew Chadwick from Dolce Las Vegas – Ravella at Lake Las Vegas will be making a Masutake Bouillon with Shaved Yuzu, Pine Needles
Bravo’s “Top Chef All-Stars,” winner Richard Blais will also be showing off his culinary skills live on Friday. While he may not be vegetarian friendly, he was a favorite to watch as the Top Chef Season 4 runner up and Top Chef All-Stars winner. He is known for his innovative and personal take on classical cuisine and is sure to be fun to watch live. Hopefully he pulls out a freeze dryer.
The main event is Taste of Sonoma on Saturday, September 3rd. Over 170 wineries will be pouring (download the full list of wineries participating), and 60 Sonoma County chefs will be paring local culinary treats with wines. This day of food and fun was named one of the 10 Best Wine and Food Events in the United States by Celebrated Living magazine and definitely lives up to the name.
There will be plenty of veggie fare at Taste of Sonoma for us vegetarians to enjoy as well. This wouldn’t be my favorite event in Sonoma County three years running otherwise.
MacMurray Ranch in Russian River Valley is the host winery and is the perfect backdrop for a day of wine tasting, talking to your favorite Sonoma County chefs, educational seminars and wifi (yes, the team at MacMurray Ranch has a social media lounge).
In addition to enjoying food and wine from all over Sonoma County, Taste of Sonoma hosts many “experiences” celebrating Sonoma’s farm-to-table culture. Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations and vineyard tours will run throughout the day and will feed your stomach and mind (make sure to RSVP online).
A few not-to-miss events/areas are:
“PAIR WITH THE PROS, A Wine & Food Pairing” sponsored by Kendall-Jackson. Executive Chef Justin Wangler will be teaching attendees how to pair food with Kendall-Jackson wines.
The Gloria Ferrer Bubble Lounge (conveniently located as you enter the event) where Cindy Friedman, Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyard’s Consumer Marketing Manager will be showcasing sparkling wines and food parings.
Some tips before you go: There will be so much wine and food, so make sure to take a picture of everything you eat and drink to help you remember the next day. Also, make sure to hit all appellation tents, and taste different varietals from all twelve wine growing regions in Sonoma County.
Taste of Sonoma is THE mecca to sample the best Sonoma County has to offer and there is still time to buy tickets before they sell out (note, they are ALMOST sold out as of 8/31).
Finally a rap about the problems in MY life…. I just came across this video because the words “Whole Foods Parking Lot” was trending on Twitter and I had to check it out! Enjoy!
It took a minute until the song started to crack me up because he actually raps about issues I have had in my own life…. Damn. Now I am hungry again.
Now I’m on this inside, looking at my list
Organic chicken, Kale Salad and a Lemon Twist.
Some girl in yoga pants is lookin’ at me funny
I’m just trying to find a decent Pinot Noir for under twenty!
Then I take it to the cheese counter, Humboldt Fog?
We just ran out sir! Really Dawg?
Take it easy man, I try to calm myself…
I’ve been on edge ever since they took Kombucha off the shelf…
This Busters on his iPhone talking to his friends,
Picking up some cayenne pepper for his master cleanse.
You’re the most annoying dude I’ve ever SEEN brah…
Could you PLEASE move? You’re RIGHT in front of the Quinoa.
Damn, I’m about to check out.
Pay my 80 bucks for 6 things and get the heck out.
The express lane is moving hella slow…
Man, these fools don’t know… that shit is getting REAL….
Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love a good veggie sandwich. In fact, as I type I am eating “The Vegan” a wasabi edamame hummus, pickled zucchini + radish, celery root slaw + frisee sandwich from the shop Homegrown in the Queen Anne neighborhood in Seattle as I type (yup, I am great at multi-tasking)
Anyway, I wanted to share this YouTube Video with you all!
Hello, my name is Shana Bull (formally known as Shana Ray), a Director of Social Strategy + wine, libations + social media writer based in Sonoma County, CA.
I am on the second chapter of a book that follows the same idea of this blog and hope to have it releases in late 2014.
Want to know more? Learn all about my love for writing in third person and get to know me.