The internationally famous Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival is almost here! This amazing weekend of food, wine, and fun, brought to you by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, begins Fri., Jan. 23. We're inviting you to join us here at the Bijou for a winemaker's dinner featuring a five-course meal and wine pairings at 7 pm on Jan. 23; tickets are $95.00 per person plus tax and gratuity and we expect them to go fast so call now for yours!
The name DeLoach has long been associated with excellent California wines. After selling their original flagship winery, the DeLoach family started Hook & Ladder on 375 acres situated in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley. Today the family run business is as successful as ever and producing award winning wines! Michael DeLoach, president and all around fun guy, will be here to show his wines.
in 1962, Maggie and Harry Wetzel purchased a large portion of a homestead built by Cyrus Alexander, the valley's nineteenth century namesake. In 1975 the family built a small winery and Hank Wetzel, oldest son of Maggie and Harry, produced Alexander Valley Vineyards' first wine. The 3rd generation of the Wetzel Family is now active in the winery and continues the family tradition at AVV. Hank, a knowledgeable, warm and friendly chap, will be here pouring his family wines.
Plus, our talented chef has planned a fabulous five-course menu to complement these magnificent wines:
Mini Chesapeake Crab cakes with Cajun remoulade
Torchon de Foie Gras- fig compote
Seared Ahi Tuna and avocado wasabi cream
WINE: 2014 Alexander Valley "Gewurz", Mendocino County, Gewurtztraminer
Pan Seared Branzino
Butter poached Lobster sauce, Fingerling risolee
WINE: 2013 Hook & Ladder Estate Chardonnay
Grilled Manchester Farms Quail
Nueske's Bacon studded grits and sour cherry coulis
WINE: 2013 Hook & Ladder Estate Pinot Noir
Herb Rubbed and Smoked Tenderloin of Angus Beef
Served au jus with Pommes Gratin and seared asparagus with shallots
WINE: 2011 Alexander School Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Single Vineyard Selection
Bittersweet Flourless Chocolate Torte
Raspberry and Chambord sauce, pistachio cream
WINE: 2010 CYRUS
WINEMAKER'S DINNER - Bijou Cafe (1287 First St., downtown Sarasota).
Friday, January 23: 6:30pm reception, 7:00pm dinner; $95.00 per person plus tax and gratuity; RSVP by phone at (941) 366-8111.
By JP Knaggs