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January 2014 Food & Wine Events Calendar




January 12-February 6
Yosemite, CA — 2014 Chefs' Holidays
Chef Ariana Duarte and guests at a cooking demo in The Ahwahnee's Great Lounge, photo by Chris Andre

Join some of the world's most innovative and acclaimed chefs for Yosemite's Annual Chefs' Holidays at The Ahwahnee. At two- and three-day sessions, guests will meet the chefs, watch culinary demonstrations and take behind-the-scenes kitchen tours. Moderators Janice Wald Henderson, Carolyn Jung, Andrew Friedman and Michael Harlan Turkell are joined by a dynamic assortment of chefs, including Jerry Traunfeld of Poppy, Kent Rathbun of Abacus, Harold Dieterle of Perilla, and familiar faces from “Next Iron Chef,” “Top Chef” and “Chopped.” Each session promises a different experiences; topics range from region-specific cuisines to women chefs on TV. Some sessions feature a collaborative dinner, with guest chefs and Ahwahnee chefs each presenting one course. Packages with special lodging prices are available. Visit www.yosemitepark.com

January 17-20
Cayman Islands — Cayman Cookout

Heating things up on the beach at the Cayman Cookout

Join chef Eric Ripert for a tropical weekend of food and wine at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Guests are invited to mingle with cuisinary celebrities for culinary demonstrations, wine tastings, tours and gourmet meals. Chefs at the 2014 Fiji Water- and Patrón-sponsored Cayman Cookout include Lidia Bastianich, Daniel Boulud, José Andrés and Anthony Bourdain. Also attending are master mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, three-time winner of “Iron Chef America,” and journalist Ray Isle. Events will include chef collaborations, a freshly-caught seafood feast and a Barefoot Barbecue on Seven Mile Beach. For more information visit www.caymanislands.ky


January 17-20
Napa, CA — Napa Truffle Festival
Gourmet treats at the Napa Truffle Festival
The fourth annual Napa Truffle Festival brings together world-renowned chefs of truffle cuisine and experts on truffle science. Diverse activities will tempt gourmands and growers alike, from a wild mushroom forage to a seminar on truffle economics led by Robert Chang and Dr. Paul Thomas. Other scheduled events include a truffle lunch with chef Trevor Eliason at Nickel & Nickel winery, a truffle orchard tour and dog training demo at Sinskey Vineyards, and a cooking demo and truffle lunch at HALL winery with a star guest chef. The Truffles & Wine Dinner on Saturday will feature a multicourse truffle menu paired with wine from around the globe, hosted by chef Ken Frank of La ToqueOn Monday, January 20, the festival finishes with the Napa Truffle Festival Marketplace, showcasing local wines, artisan vendors and specialty food products; along with demos, wine tastings and truffle treats, plus a chance to win a black 'diamond' truffle. For more information, visit www.napatrufflefestival.com


January 23-25
San Francisco, CA — Zinfandel Experience
New friends and fellow Zin fans at the Zinfandel Experience in San Francisco

A reimagining of the annual Zinfandel Festival, the all-new Zinfandel Experience will be held at the historic Presidio and luxurious Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco. Designed to foster an intimate atmosphere and a sense of camaraderie, the Zinfandel Experience will be an opportunity to mingle with fellow Zin fans while participating in innovative and immersive events. There will be a pre-event tasting on January 22. Official festivities begin with a pairing of Epicuria Food & Zin on January 23, an informal event with 30 top Zinfandel wines and whimsical culinary creations. Next, attend seminar-style tasting at the Flight! Forums of Flavors on Friday. Later that evening, the Winemakers Dinner and Auction will be a fun, glamorous gourmet dinner with fifteen winemaker hosts at the Four Seasons Hotel. On Saturday, follow one of three “Tasting Tracks,” each with in-depth information on a chosen topic. With three sessions throughout the day, guests can attend all the tracks or the same one multiple times. The three tracks are Sensory Tasting, Reserve & Barrel Tasting and Terroir, each at a separate location. Gourmet food trucks will provide snacks. For more details and ticketing information, visit www.zinfandel.org

January 23-26
Beaver Creek, CO — 2014 Beaver Creek Food & Wine Weekend
Chef Gail Simmons "Lunch and Learn" at Beaver Creek Food & Wine Weekend, photograph by Rory Tischler, Food & Wine
The Beaver Creek Food & Wine Weekend is an unforgettably fun event. Interactive cooking demonstrations, wine and spirits events, a gourmet dinner with fine wine and hours of phenomenal skiing lie ahead of visitors. Watch this space for more details as they become available. For more information about past schedules and events, visit www.beavercreek.com

January 24-26
Eugene, OR — Oregon Truffle Festival
Hunting for truffles with a truffle dog at the Oregon Truffle Festival, photo by David Barajas

The annual Oregon Truffle Festival was created to celebrate the magnificent truffles of Oregon as they reach the peak of ripeness in their native soil. Special guests, authors Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, will host the event, and chefs, foragers and truffle fans alike will unite to share their enthusiasm and expertise. This year’s festival, hosted at the Hilton Eugene, features new events and venues for comprehensive, hands-on truffle adventures. Guests can select from a variety of packages based on which events they want to attend. One of the packages, “The Epicurious,” includes truffle tasting and pairing events, truffle hunting with a truffle dog, a Grand Truffle Dinner and a truffle breakfast on Sunday. Other activities include a dog-training seminar, a Truffle Growers’ Forum and a cooking class, and the owners of Pfeiffer Vineyards are hosting a Villa Weekend with intimate dinner gatherings. A new addition and highlight, this year visitors will find unique craft beers and spirits from the Northwest at the festival. Take home some treats and truffle memories from the Oregon Truffle Marketplace, which offers tastings, artisan foods and fresh truffles. For more information, such as participating chefs and speakers, visit www.oregontrufflefestival.com

January 24-26
Naples, FL — Naples Winter Wine Festival
Fine wine and dining at the Naples Winter Wine Festival

The 2014 Naples Winter Wine Festival begins with a tour of children's charities, where participants will meet children who benefit from the donations raised by the festival. Following this, take a sneak peek into lots for Saturday’s auction and then join the vintner dinners, exclusive dining experiences at sixteen elegant Naples homes. The Celebrate the Journey Auction will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort; guests will enjoy culinary delights produced by the Ritz-Carlton’s chefs, paired with fine wines from around the world, while bidding for unique treasures such as custom travel packages and dining experiences. To maintain the festive mood, immediately after the auction is a “Wine Down” event, with casual food and live music. End the weekend on a high note with Sunday’s Celebration Brunch. The 2013 Honored Vintner is Olivier Krug, of Champagne Krug in Reims, France, and other guest vintners will come from all over the globe to join in the festivitie, from Mary and Terry Peabody of Craggy Range Vineyards in New Zealand to Robert Kamen of Kamen Estate Wines in Sonoma. Participating celebrity chefs include Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia, Barbara Lynch of Menton, Lee Hefter of Spago and chef de cuisine Bill Telepan of Telepan. For more information, visit www.napleswinefestival.com

January 24-26
Uncasville, CT — Sun WineFest
A weekend-long celebration of food and drink, the Sun WineFest is a decadent treat. The kick-off event is a bourbon tasting, hosted by Beam Inc., Plan B Burger Bar and Adonis Cigars. The Grand Tasting, Sun WineFest’s signature event, takes place on Saturday and Sunday, with a selection of wine, beers, spirits, and samples from top regional restaurants and artisanal producers. Celebrity chefs, such as Todd English and Robert Irvine, will appear on the Culinary Main Stage for demonstrations and be available for cookbook signings. On Saturday only, there will be an Elite Cru Tasting, an exclusive event with crème de la crème vintages from around the world and a raw bar with oysters, shrimp and gourmet cheeses. Also on Saturday, the Mohegan Sun WineFest Grape Stomp is a charity competition to crush the most grapes, with a prize of $1,500, a free overnight stay, complimentary dinner and pedicures for the winners. Rounding out the weekend will be a celebrity chef dinner, a seminar series, and an oyster-shucking showdown presented by Absolut Tune. Participating chefs include Govind Armstrong, Mary Ann Esposito, Kim Canteenwalla and Michele Ragussis. For more information, visit www.mohegansun.com

January 28-30
Sacramento, CA — Unified Wine & Grape Symposium
Share insights and expertise with other industry professionals at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium.

The Unified Wine & Grape Symposium is a trade show with a variety of sessions for those in the business of wine and grapes. With over 730 booths and more than 13,000 industry professionals attending, it is the largest wine and grape conference of its kind in North America. The information presented is a collaborative effort to help vintners and growers remain competitive. For more information, visit  www.unifiedsymposium.org

January 29-February 2
Taos Ski Valley, NM — Taos Winter Wine Festival
Mingling with fellow wine fans at the Taos Winter Wine Festival

Prepare for a weekend of exciting wine- and food-themed events at the city of Taos and Village of Taos Ski Valley, hosts of the Taos Winter Wine Festival. At the Opening Night Reserve Tasting, 36 wineries will offer a taste of their reserve wines, accompanied by signature appetizers from local restaurants. There will also be a silent auction to benefit a local charity. Seminar topics include a tasting of Syrahs from different regions of the world and an exploration of the wines made from the Sangiovese grapes of different areas of Tuscany. There will be a series of winery dinners and special tasting events, one of which is a dinner at the Harwood Museum of Art. Guests will have private access to exhibitions while enjoying wine from local wineries paired with hors d'oeuvres and bidding on artwork at a silent auction. The Grand Tasting on Saturday, February 2, features more than 155 wines and a silent auction of rare wines. Participating wineries include Black Mesa Winery, Gruet Winery, Kendall-Jackson and Vivac Winery. For more information, visit www.taoswinterwinefest.com


Seasonal Tip:
It's OYSTER harvesting time. Have them with
Champagne to ring in the new year! This is also the season for wild mushrooms, tangerines and oranges, as well as Camembert and blue cheeses. Look for these ingredients in markets and on restaurant menus.

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(Updated: 12/02/13 SG)

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