Thursday, September 30, 2010

More Thursday Sips & Nibbles

This has been a busy week so I am supplementing my usual edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles with an additional post, highlighting some interesting food and wine items that I have encountered recently.

1) The Wine Connextion, located in North Andover, MA, has launched “S3” (Saturday Sampling Series) for their new October campaign. So what can customers look forward to during the Saturday Sampling Series? Beyond sampling some of the newest wines on the market, guests will also be able to sample some haute bites from restaurants such as Phat Cats Bistro, 15 Walnut, Glory Restaurant and even previous contender for The Next Food Network Star, Tom Grella.

Wine sampling will be all day from 1pm-5pm. The Chef’s demo and samplings will be at 2pm every Saturday, and each week focuses on a different region. Come in all day long to sample and save, but if you hope to grab a space for the chef demos, please rsvp: to This event is a 21+, free event.

Schedule of Events:

October 9: Wines of Spain with Phat Cats Bistro
Featuring wines from the different regions of Spain. Some of the wines poured will include: Nora Albarino 09, La Brisa Rueda 09, Manon Tempranillo 07 and Venta Mazzaron Tempranillo.

October 16: Taste of Italy with 15 Walnut, Chef Samuel Hunt
Featuring wines from the many different regions of Italy. Some of the wines poured will include: Mionetto IL Prosecco, Villa Antinori Rosso 06, Santi Armarone 06 and Vietti Barbera d’Asti Tres Vigne

October 23: Grand Tasting (1 Year Anniversary) with the Food Network's Tom Grella, Director of Restaurants for Salvatore's from 1pm-6pm
This event will feature over 40 hand selected wines with tasting stations throughout the store. A complimentary booklet will be provided to all attendees with explanations of each wine. Tom Grella of The Food Network- Tom Grella will create five culinary creations for the tasting event including a specialty dessert item.

October 30: The Great 2007 Cabernets with Glory Restaurant
The Great 2007 is hailed as one of California’s great vintages for Cabernets. Wine Connextion will be offering some popular and hard to find wines at great prices at this event. Some of the wines poured will include: Paul Hobbs “Cross Barn” Cabernet 07, B.R. Cohen “Silver Label” Cabernet 07, B.V. “Tapestry” Cabernet 07, Ferrari Carano Cabernet 07, Groth Cabernet 07, Clos du Val Cabernet 07 and Stag’s Leap “Artemis” Cabernet 07.

2) Chef Rachel Klein of Aura, TAMO bar & terrace at the Seaport Hotel announces the arrival of the 30-Minute Bento Lunch! A bento box is Japanese and is defined as a meal usually served in a lacquered or elaborately decorated box, divided into sections for holding individual portions of food. Bento is a Japanese slang term that means convenient and is often used to describe a carefully prepared lunch box.

Seaport first introduced the bento box concept when it opened Tamo Terrace this summer and due to its popularity is now bringing it to your lunch hour, or half hour as the case may be!

Chef Klein has designed these Bento Boxes to suit varied tastes.

The Seaport Bento Box Menu includes:

Shrimp Bento Box: Grilled shrimp, Sweet & spicy lo mein noodles, Spinach salad with roasted shitake mushrooms and grilled scallions, Lychee fruit

Chicken Bento Box: Herb marinated chicken breast, Israeli couscous, Ras el hanout spice, Tomato salad, Coconut macaroons

Tuna Bento Box: Spice rubbed Yellowfin tuna, Soba-seaweed salad, Steamed edamamae, Adzuki bean bun, Soy-sake

Lunch guests will be in and out of Aura, Tamo bar or terrace in 30 minutes or their meal is complimentary.

3) T.W. Food is beginning an intriguing event on Wednesdays, Kitchen Improv. Come in after 8:30 pm and enjoy a 5 course menu prepared “on the spot.” Spontaneous, inventive, creative and for only $39. Kitchen Improv will allow you to taste new dishes from Chef Tim Wiechmann. There is no ordering. Every person will have a different and unique menu. This will be T.W. Food’s night to shake things up and have some fun! You can take a look at the "menu."

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