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Winners of the 2013 Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest at The Great American Beer Festival in Denver PDF Print E-mail
Written by SFG Staff   
Sunday, 27 October 2013 21:36

 The LongShot American Homebrew winners at The Great American Beer Festival in Denver are:  Tamarac, Florida resident Russ Brunner’s American Stout, Evanston, Illinois resident Cesar Marron’s Grätzer and Samuel Adams employee Teresa Bury’s Pineapple IPA. Winners will receive the ultimate honor in beer – for their homebrew recipes to be enjoyed by drinkers across the country.  These winning brews will be bottled and made available nationwide next year in the 2014 Samuel Adams LongShot variety six-pack for a suggested retail price of $7.99 – $9.99 (price varies by market).  The variety pack will include two bottles each of Russ Brunner’s American Stout, Cesar Marron’s Grätzer and Teresa Bury’s Pineapple IPA.

Each beer was carefully evaluated on the aroma, appearance, flavor and mouthfeel according to the style category under which it was submitted.

 
‘Spain’s Great Match’ Food, Wine & Design Event In Miami, Nov. 12 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 21:09
On November 12th, Wines from Spain returns to Miami for a stop on their annual ‘Spain’s Great Match’ US tour. The events will take place at the Moore Building in the Miami Design District.
The Great Match is a collaborative celebration of the distinctive wines and food of Spain. American importers and distributors of Spanish wines will be presenting their best products, some new wines and the latest vintages to wine industry professionals (trade and press) and consumers. More than 200 Spanish wines will be featured in a walk-around tasting format. Leading Miami-area restaurants will serve their specialties paired to the wines in an evening consumer ticketed event.
During the afternoon, members of the wine trade and press will also be invited to a tutored tasting seminar offered by the Grandes Pagos de España, an association of Spanish wine producers dedicated to upholding and promoting Spain’s single estate wines.
In the evening, the Great Match event will open to the public and will feature, along with the wine stations, a selection of tapas from Miami’s best Spanish restaurants and tapas bars. The evening portion will be a ticketed lifestyle event, which will offer an extensive choice of wine and tapas.  
Guests will also have the opportunity to visit: Tapas: Spanish Design for Food, an exhibition organized by AC/E with the collaboration of SPAIN Arts & Culture, La Fundación España-Florida 500 Años and the Centro Cultural Español de Miami, in recognition of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the first European, Spaniard Ponce de León, to the shores of Florida.
 
Trade and Press Event Schedule
1:30 – 5:00 pm                      Walk-around wine tasting
12:30 – 2:00 pm                    Seminar: Grandes Pagos de España moderated by Steve Olson 

Registration for members of the trade and press is available online at sgmmiami.eventbrite.com
 
Public Event Schedule and Tickets
6:30 PM – 9:00 pm               Tasting open to the public
 
Tickets for the public are available at sgmmiami2013.eventbrite.com
General Admission: $60. Early Bird General Admission (good until 10/25) tickets: $40; Attendees must be 21 or older to attend. Photo ID required.
Please visit www.greatmatch.org for more information.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 17:57
 
Whole Foods Markets® Celebrate Diwali – The Indian “Festival of Lights” with traditional Indian cuisine and food demos PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 20:31

Until November 8,  Whole Foods Market stores in Florida are celebrating Diwali, the five-day Hindu “festival of lights,” with special Indian cuisine offerings and pop-up Indian street foods carts in select stores.

On Diwali, holiday observers light clay lamps filled with oil, a symbolic representation of the triumph of good over evil. Lamps are kept on overnight, while houses are cleaned to welcome Lakshimi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. Firecrackers are set off to ward off evil spirits as families gather for celebrations that include festive dress, candy and traditional Indian cuisine.

In celebration, Whole Foods Market stores  are offering authentic Indian fare and a cultural cooking demo, teaching patrons how to make healthy, flavorful Indian dishes at home. The hot food bars include Punjabi Large Potato & Mixed Vegetable Samosas – deep-fried pastries with savory vegetarian filling; Goan pork vindaloo – a popular, fiery curry dish from the Indian coast; Hyderbadi Chicken Biryani – a rice dish made with traditional Indian spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg; Firangi kale dale – a hearty kale stew; and Mumbai Bhaji – Indian vegetable fritters. The cold salad bars offer Kovalam cole slaw and curried Madras Potatoes. Dheli Dal Saag – a curried stew of spinach and split pigeon peas, is available as a specialty soup, while chef cases display tender tandoori chicken satay; a light Madurai mango & coconut chicken salad; and delicate farm-raised tandoori salmon. Kovalam beach wraps and playful tandoori pizzas made of tandoori chicken and mango chutney are also being offered.

Sanjog Sikand, owner of Sukhi’s Natural Authentic Indian Cuisine, one of Whole Foods Market’s spice vendors, will host A Tour of India, a cooking demo on how to prepare the authentic, healthy Indian dishes in celebration of the autumn holiday. The demo will take place at Whole Foods Market Coral Gables on Thursday, October 24 at 7 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. Space is limited and guests must pre-register. Please call 305-421-9421 to pre-register or visit Whole Foods Market – Coral Gables customer service. 

For more information about Whole Foods Market, please visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com

 

 
The Best Olive Oils Made in the U.S. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wall Street Journal   
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 20:39

The Best Olive Oils Made in the U.S.

Producers across the U.S. are pressing olive oils that are truly world-class. Here are five of the best, sourced everywhere from Georgia to California. Read story in Wall Street Journal

 
Frank "The Italian Slayer" Ficarra from Whole Foods Market, Wellington crowned Finest Fishmonger at FEAST Portland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Saturday, 28 September 2013 23:06

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After months of regional competitions at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide, 22 top butchers and fishmongers battled it out on Saturday in the “Best Butcher Competition and Fishmonger Face-Off” an epic live showdown at FEAST Portland – an event  which honors the age-old crafts of butchery and fish mongering, fishmonger Frank “The Italian Slayer” Ficarra from Whole Foods Market – Wellington, Florida was crowned Finest Fishmonger and Hector “El Jefe” Yedra from the company’s Northern California region won the title of “Best Butcher”

Ficarra, who has been filleting fish for over 30 years, is  originally from Queens, New York and has lived in the Wellington area for the past 13 years.

For additional information visit media.wholefoodsmarket.com  .

 

 

Photo:

David Ventura, Regional Seafood Coordinator;  Frank Ficcara, Crowned Fishmonger National Champion from Whole Foods Market Wellington; Eddie Steadley, Associate Seafood Coordinator

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 September 2013 23:15
 
2nd Annual Las Olas Oktoberfest September 26- 29 hosted by The Riverside Hotel and Fritz & Franz Bierhaus PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 00:00

Austrian-born Harald Neuweg—owner of the Neuweg Restaurant Group (NRG) and Fritz & Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables and Ft. Lauderdale—who started the successful Oktoberfest  tradition in Coral Gables 19 years ago (which will take place this year October 3 to 13) has partnered again this year with The Riverside Hotel to expand the event to Las Olas Boulevard.

On two consecutive weekends, September 20- 22 and  26-29, the 2nd Annual Las Olas Oktoberfest hosted by The Riverside Hotel and Fritz & Franz Bierhaus will celebrate the Austrian and German tradition on the hotel’s Lawn, overlooking Las Olas Boulevard,  in sync with the actual Munich Oktoberfest

The celebration will kick off on Friday, September 20  at 6 p.m. with German Consul General, Jürgen Borsch, and the traditional keg tapping ceremony.  “This year’s Las Olas Oktoberfest at the Riverside Hotel is even more special as we are starting the Oktoberfest on the same weekend as our counterpart in Münich, Germany and adding a second weekend to double the fun.” said Riverside Hotel’s general manager, Heiko Dobrikow.  

Under a 4,000-square-foot tent with a stage for Austrian Entertainment Band “Die Echt Urigen,” jugs of Austrian ice cold beers −  Warsteiner Pilsener, Warsteiner Oktoberfest and Warsteiner Dunkel – and Austrian wines from Burgenland,  will quaff thousands of festival goers.

The Riverside Hotel Executive chef Toby Joseph,  and Executive Chef Patrick Jagdmann  of Fritz & Franz Bierhaus Ft. Lauderdale will prepare miles of Nürnberger Rostbratwürstl, Wiesenhendl, Wurstteller, mountains of crispy Wiener Schnitzel, heaps of Fritz & Franz’s iconic potato salad, Giant Bier Pretzl, Apfelstrudel, and German Chocolate cake among other Austrian/Bavarian specialties, all served by dirndl and lederhosen-clad wait staff.   

Both Sundays Sept. 22 and 29 at 4pm there will be a Celebrity Bierstein Holding Contest. Oktoberfest will also be holding a raffle benefiting BRANCHES – Grand Prize winners get a 7-day Carnival Cruise for two, second place winners get a weekend stay for two at the Riverside Hotel in downtown Ft. Lauderdale and third place winners get a $100 gift certificate for Fritz and Franz Bierhaus Coral Gables or Ft Lauderdale.

Other Oktoberfest activities will include the traditional Bratwurst-eating and Jodel contests for the chance to win complimentary beer, t-shirts, hats and more.

Oktoberfest visitors can enter the events’ photo contest by submitting their most German, fun-filled image on the Las Olas Oktoberfest Facebook page or tagging their photos on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag, #LasOlasOktoberfest. Admission to the event is free all weekend long. The Riverside Hotel Lawn on 620 Las Olas Blvd.   Ft. Lauderdale. Self-parking is available in attended lots and The Riverside Hotel garage for a $5 flat rate. Valet parking is available at the Hotel. 

The Riverside Hotel will be offering a special Oktoberfest rate for the weekend per night:   For reservations click here  or call 1-800-325-3280 and mention the Las Olas Oktoberfest.    Corporate or party tables can be reserved by calling Maria Baez at 954-377-0943.   Private parties of  100 guests or more can be reserved or scheduled Monday-Wednesday (9/23-9/25).

For additional information and schedule visit www.lasolasoktoberfest.com or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/#!/OktoberfestLasOlas .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 21:06
 
A US$ 51,350 record of sale for Jeroboam LOUIS XIII at Charity Gala "La Part Des Anges” PDF Print E-mail
Written by SFG   
Monday, 23 September 2013 20:14

louis xiiiA blend of 1,200 eaux-de-vie, aged from 40 to 100 years old, all produced from the soil of Grand Champagne in Cognac, went into the making of the LOUIS XIII Le Jeroboam from  Rémy Martin House of Cognac, which fetched € 32,000 (US$ 51,356) at The 8th annual “La Part des Anges” charity auction 2013 on behalf of the French Red Cross and the Ark of Charente held at Castle Brillac (Charente), France.

LOUIS XIII Cognac is the magical result of the strong and timeless complicity that has united viticulture and Rémy Martin for over 130 years. The buyer who wished to remain anonymous said: "I know the Cellar Masters who took part, generation after generation, into the making of this beautiful LOUIS XIII decanter which pays tribute to the greatest moments of the twentieth century. It is a pleasure to have this Jeroboam steeped in history, and to support such charity purpose. "

This elixir of 1,200 eaux-de-vie, aged from 40 to 100 years old, all produced from the soil of Grand Champagne in the most precious plots of vines of the Cognac region is the most appreciated by Cognac top connoisseurs.

The LOUIS XIII Le Jeroboam, a masterpiece of the LOUIS XIII collection, is four times the capacity of the regular LOUIS XIII. Each decanter is individually fashioned by a team of nine crystal craftsmen, among the most qualified – at Cristallerie de Sèvres.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 20:17
 
Author E.L. James launches Fifty Shades of Grey wines made in CA PDF Print E-mail
Written by press release   
Monday, 23 September 2013 17:51
 

E.L. James, the renowned author of the Fifty Shades Trilogy, has created two wines inspired by her record-breaking books. Red Satin and White Silk are now available for purchase at www.FiftyShadesWine.com and will be available in the United States in October, 2013 at   retailers nationally for $17.99.  

E.L. James features wine and the experience of savoring wines frequently in her books, and together with winemakers in California’s premium North Coast appellation, she blended her selection from individual lots. “That was the most fun I’ve had with my clothes on in quite a while,” she tweeted.

The wines were made to E.L. James’ exacting standards in a custom crush operation at the Mendocino Wine Company in Mendocino County, CA. No single variety could express the distinctive and unconventional nature of the book’s themes, so two blends were selected to represent Fifty Shades of Grey.fifty shadeswitebottle

fifty shades redbottleRed Satin is a decadent blend with flavors of black cherry, cocoa powder, creamy caramel and vanilla, leather and clove spice. It is a primarily a blend of Petite Sirah and Syrah, aged in a combination of new and neutral French oak barrels.

White Silk has floral aromatics of lychee, honey and pear. Those are tempered by flavors of crisp grapefruit, mineral and lush pear with a faint hint of butterscotch. White Silk is primarily a blend of Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc. This wine was fermented cool, under 50 degrees F, and aged in stainless steel to preserve its delicate and rich fruit character. For more information on Fifty Shades of Grey Wine, please visit www.FiftyShadesWine.com .

The Fifty Shades Trilogy has been the fastest selling series of books in history. The series has sold over  90 million copies in 52 different languages. The books have become a cultural phenomenon and are referred to on a daily basis. Consumer awareness of Fifty Shades will continue to grow as the books are turned into movies by Universal Pictures.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 17:58
 
New Farmers’ Market to open on Thursdays in Pembroke Pines PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Saturday, 21 September 2013 23:58

Whole Foods Market® – Pembroke Pines and the City of Pembroke Pines have announced the Grand Opening of the city’s very own Farmer’s Market. Beginning on Thursday, October 3,   and every following Thursday from 4 – 8 p.m., more than 40 vendors will set up shop at the west end of the Whole Foods Market® – Pembroke Pines parking lot, and offer locally grown produce, homemade products and other unique goodies not found at any grocery store.

Whole Foods Market® – Pembroke Pines,West end of parking lot, 14956 Pines Blvd. Pembroke Pines, FL

 
Hispanic Heritage Month on WPBT2 with chef Michelle Bernstein PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Saturday, 21 September 2013 23:33

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To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month  ¡Buen Provecho!  a one-hour documentary hosted by chef Michelle Bernstein airs on Sunday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. on WPBT2. The program  traces  the Hispanic influence on Florida’s cuisine, from Ponce de Leon to present. The history lesson is served up alongside Chef Bernstein’s mouthwatering recipes, including her take on a Spanish-style cocido, a Minorcan pilau, a Cuban sandwich, and a Peruvian ceviche.  The documentary also features interviews with popular local chefs/restaurateurs Norman Van Aken of Tuyo, Douglas Rodriguez of d’Rodriguez Cuba, Felipe Valls, Jr. of Versailles, Jimmy Carey of Jimmy’Z Kitchen, and Juan Chipoco of Ceviche 105.

To view the program log on to: http://video.wpbt2.org/video/2365046980/ and to download recipes go to www.buen-provecho.tv

For more information log on to   http://wpbt2.org/pressreleases/PR20130318buen_provecho.html

 
In Pursuit of Tastier Chickens, a Strict Diet of Four-Star Scraps PDF Print E-mail
Written by JEFF GORDINIER, NYT   
Thursday, 19 September 2013 20:10
In Pursuit of Tastier Chickens, a Strict Diet of Four-Star Scraps
Chefs from high-end restaurants in New York are feeding chickens on an Amish farm in Pennsylvania.

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Chefs from high-end restaurants in New York (some of Manhattan’s most elegant restaurants, like Per Se, Daniel, Gramercy Tavern, the Modern and David Burke Townhouse) are feeding chickens on an Amish farm in Pennsylvania.

By JEFF GORDINIER, NYT

read more:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/17/dining/in-pursuit-of-tastier-chickens-a-strict-diet-of-four-star-scraps.htmlhttp://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/17/dining/in-pursuit-of-tastier-chickens-a-strict-diet-of-four-star-scraps.html

 
2013 Call for Submissions- the 4th Annual Vinos Wine Film Festival PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Thursday, 19 September 2013 19:50
2013 Call for Submissions- the 4th Annual Vinos Wine Film Festival
A huge part of Canada’s growing tourism industry, BC wines are taking centre stage at international competitions and are becoming highly revered over the world. To celebrate, the VINOS Wine Film Festival is offering over $7,500 in prizing for the winner of their short film competition in November of 2013. Teams have until October 24th to produce a 2-3 minute film that embodies the wine industry, drinking wine, loving wine and all things wine-related. As with many up and coming wines these days, the main ingredient to a successful VINOS film is Fun. A blend of humor, intelligence, good filmmaking and creativity will produce a varietal film that is bound to romance the judges.
An esteemed review panel will choose the best films from scores of entries for screening at the Gala Event in Whistler, BC on Thursday, November 14th where the top submissions will be shown. The Producers of all selected submissions will be awarded two complimentary VIP tickets to the event. One winner will be chosen and take home $7,500 in prizing
The deadline for submissions is Oct. 24, 2013.    Online registration is be available through the Whistler Cornucopia website at http://whistlercornucopia.com/event/vinos/.The entry fee is $50.00 per team. Space is limited and entries will be accepted based on availability only.
Click here http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL71646ACAF2B99EED&feature=mh_lolz to view some of the hilarious winners of past Vinos Wine Film Festivals.

 BC wines, a huge part of Canada’s growing tourism industry ,are taking centre stage at international competitions and are becoming highly revered over the world. To celebrate, the VINOS Wine Film Festival is offering over $7,500 in prizing for the winner of their short film competition in November of 2013.

Teams have until October 24th to produce a 2-3 minute film that embodies the wine industry, drinking wine, loving wine and all things wine-related. As with many up and coming wines these days, the main ingredient to a successful VINOS film is Fun. A blend of humor, intelligence, good filmmaking and creativity will produce a varietal film that is bound to romance the judges.An esteemed review panel will choose the best films from scores of entries for screening at the Gala Event in Whistler, BC on Thursday, November 14th where the top submissions will be shown.

The Producers of all selected submissions will be awarded two complimentary VIP tickets to the event. One winner will be chosen and take home $7,500 in prizing The deadline for submissions is Oct. 24, 2013.    Online registration is be available through the Whistler Cornucopia website at http://whistlercornucopia.com/event/vinos/. The entry fee is $50.00 per team. Space is limited and entries will be accepted based on availability only. Click here  to view some of the hilarious winners of past Vinos Wine Film Festivals.

 
Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas announces Introductory and Certified Schedule PDF Print E-mail
Written by press release   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 19:41

 

 (Napa Valley, Calif.)  The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas has announced the 2013 exam schedule for the Introductory and Certified Exams through December 2013. Courses and exams offered by the Court of Master Sommeliers are open to all beverage and hospitality professionals interested in pursuing the highest standards of wine service and product knowledge in a fine dining room setting.

The Introductory Sommelier Course & Exam is a fast-paced introduction to the world of wine and beverages led by Master Sommeliers. Two days of classroom-style lectures covers everything from French wine laws to classic wine producing regions to sake and beer. Students will also learn and perform the Deductive Tasting method of blind tasting from some of the best palates in the world.

Students who successfully pass the Introductory Sommelier Course & Exam are given the opportunity to sit for the Certified Sommelier Exam.   The credential as a certified sommelier shows employers that their skills have been evaluated at a high level of proficiency.

Entrance into the Advanced Sommelier Course & Examination is via a selection process conducted by the Court of Master Sommeliers. The Advanced Examination is a required step in the progress toward the Master Sommelier Diploma. Students successfully passing the Advanced Sommelier Course and Examination are eligible to be invited to sit for the Master Sommelier Diploma.

To see full exam descriptions and expectations, please see the Court of Master Sommeliers’ course and schedule overview  at www.mastersommeliers.org .

The Court of Master Sommeliers was established in England in 1977 to encourage improved standards of beverage knowledge and service in hotels and restaurants. The first Master Sommelier Diploma Exam to be held in the United States was in 1987. The title Master Sommelier marks the highest recognition of wine and spirits knowledge, beverage service abilities, and professionalism in the hospitality trade.   There are four stages involved in attaining the top qualifications of Master Sommelier: 1) Introductory Sommelier Course; 2) Certified Sommelier Exam; 3) Advanced Sommelier Course; and 4) Master Sommelier Diploma.

There are 122 professionals who have earned the title of Master Sommelier as part of the Americas chapter since the organization’s inception. Of those, 105 are men and 17 are women. There are 190 professionals worldwide who have received the title of Master Sommelier since the first Master Sommelier Diploma Exam. For more information, please visit www.mastersommeliers.org .

 
The Riverside Hotel and Fritz & Franz Bierhaus host 2nd Annual Las Olas Oktoberfest September 20- 22 & 26- 29 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Friday, 13 September 2013 22:04

Austrian-born Harald Neuweg—owner of the Neuweg Restaurant Group (NRG) and Fritz & Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables and Ft. Lauderdale—who started the successful Oktoberfest  tradition in Coral Gables 19 years ago (which will take place this year October 3 to 13) has partnered again this year with The Riverside Hotel to expand the event to Las Olas Boulevard.

On two consecutive weekends, September 20- 22 and  26-29, the 2nd Annual Las Olas Oktoberfest hosted by The Riverside Hotel and Fritz & Franz Bierhaus will celebrate the Austrian and German tradition on the hotel’s Lawn, overlooking Las Olas Boulevard,  in sync with the actual Munich Oktoberfest

The celebration will kick off on Friday, September 20  at 6 p.m. with German Consul General, Jürgen Borsch, and the traditional keg tapping ceremony.  “This year’s Las Olas Oktoberfest at the Riverside Hotel is even more special as we are starting the Oktoberfest on the same weekend as our counterpart in Münich, Germany and adding a second weekend to double the fun.” said Riverside Hotel’s general manager, Heiko Dobrikow.  

Under a 4,000-square-foot tent with a stage for Austrian Entertainment Band “Die Echt Urigen,” jugs of Austrian ice cold beers −  Warsteiner Pilsener, Warsteiner Oktoberfest and Warsteiner Dunkel – and Austrian wines from Burgenland,  will quaff thousands of festival goers.

The Riverside Hotel Executive chef Toby Joseph,  and Executive Chef Patrick Jagdmann  of Fritz & Franz Bierhaus Ft. Lauderdale will prepare miles of Nürnberger Rostbratwürstl, Wiesenhendl, Wurstteller, mountains of crispy Wiener Schnitzel, heaps of Fritz & Franz’s iconic potato salad, Giant Bier Pretzl, Apfelstrudel, and German Chocolate cake among other Austrian/Bavarian specialties, all served by dirndl and lederhosen-clad wait staff.   

Both Sundays Sept. 22 and 29 at 4pm there will be a Celebrity Bierstein Holding Contest. Oktoberfest will also be holding a raffle benefiting BRANCHES – Grand Prize winners get a 7-day Carnival Cruise for two, second place winners get a weekend stay for two at the Riverside Hotel in downtown Ft. Lauderdale and third place winners get a $100 gift certificate for Fritz and Franz Bierhaus Coral Gables or Ft Lauderdale.

Other Oktoberfest activities will include the traditional Bratwurst-eating and Jodel contests for the chance to win complimentary beer, t-shirts, hats and more.

Oktoberfest visitors can enter the events’ photo contest by submitting their most German, fun-filled image on the Las Olas Oktoberfest Facebook page or tagging their photos on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag, #LasOlasOktoberfest. Admission to the event is free all weekend long. The Riverside Hotel Lawn on 620 Las Olas Blvd.   Ft. Lauderdale. Self-parking is available in attended lots and The Riverside Hotel garage for a $5 flat rate. Valet parking is available at the Hotel. 

The Riverside Hotel will be offering a special Oktoberfest rate for the weekend per night:   For reservations click here  or call 1-800-325-3280 and mention the Las Olas Oktoberfest.    Corporate or party tables can be reserved by calling Maria Baez at 954-377-0943.   Private parties of  100 guests or more can be reserved or scheduled Monday-Wednesday (9/23-9/25).

For additional information and schedule visit www.lasolasoktoberfest.com or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/#!/OktoberfestLasOlas .

Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 22:16
 
Win a trip for two to South African wine country, through Sept. 18, at Whole Foods Market PDF Print E-mail
Written by SFG Staff   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 20:31
 
From Sept. 3-18, shoppers can enter a contest to win a luxurious trip for two to South Africa (value $12,000) that includes round-trip airfare and five-star lodging, six days visiting wineries, and four days in Cape Town.
Sponsored by Wines of South Africa, the contest will award trips to three individuals who are selected by a two-round judging process for their entries describing which South African wine featured at Whole Foods Market they are most excited to try. Contest entrants must be 21 years or older to enter. Full details available at  www.wholefoodsmarket.com/southafrica .
From now through October, Whole Foods Market will celebrate the sustainable wines of South Africa.  “From bright, well-balanced chardonnays to deeply complex red blends, Whole Foods Market looks forward to turning our shoppers on to the breadth of what the country has to offer, ” said Doug Bell, global wine buyer for Whole Foods Market.
Wine aficionados 21 and older can taste these wines at Whole Foods Market store tasting events or join two Twitter Tastings using hashtag #WFMwine,  as follows:
 
Thursday, Sept. 12, 8-9 p.m. EST:
·         Protea Chenin Blanc
·         DMZ Chardonnay
·         Robertson Winery Cabernet Sauvignon
·         Flagstone Dragon Tree
 
Thursday, Oct. 10, 8-9 p.m. EST:
·         Indaba Sauvignon Blanc
·         The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvèdre Viognier
·         Bellingham Small Barrel S.M.V.
 
Full details on the featured wines of South Africa with suggested fall pairings are available at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/southafrica.
 
New Food Blog whips up fresh comments in www.southfloridagourmet.com PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Sunday, 01 September 2013 20:20

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The College concoction is a new blog that brings a whiff of freshness to a subject that is too chewed over and often stale. Blogger Julie Hirschhorn is a college student committed to being happy, hungry, and healthy while she cooks her way through school in a small kitchen, a busy schedule, and on a budget.

http://collegeconcoction.blogspot.com/  will appear regularly in www.southfloridagourmet.com / Food Blogs

Last Updated on Monday, 02 September 2013 20:41
 
Georgia and Florida face-off @3rd Annual “Cast Iron Chef” Competition, October 19, Georgia PDF Print E-mail
Written by SFG Staff   
Sunday, 01 September 2013 19:40

Three Florida and three Georgia chefs will soon prove their mettle with cast iron skillets, as they compete in the “Cast Iron Chef” cook-off during the 3rd Annual Brooks County Skillet Festival on Saturday, October 19, 2013, in Quitman, Ga.  Chefs will have to create a dish using 1 mystery box of ingredients (sourced from Brooks Co. GA & the surrounding 150-mile area), 1 cast iron skillet and 1 burner.

The Skillet Festival, Saturday, October 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be held on the historic Courthouse Square in Quitman, GA  

The festival offers something for everyone, including culinary exhibitions, food/culinary vendors’ market, the “Cast Iron Chef” professional cooking competition, a 5k run/walk, children’s activities, a dog show, live musical entertainment, and the signature event, a skillet throwing contest. This year, The Guinness Book of World Records will be on site to certify the farthest cast iron skillet throw (if a record is set), and festival-goers will also set the record for the largest number of cast iron skillets thrown at one time.   For more information and a schedule of events,   visit http://www.skilletfestival.com/ or call 229-263-9085.

 
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