Thursday, October 28, 2021

Thursday Sips & Nibbles

I'm back again with a new edition of Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting, upcoming food and drink events. I hope everyone dines out safely, tips well and are nice to their servers.
1) There's an ancient Croatian wine custom that includes the blessing of the fermented must so it can  become wine. This happens every November 11, and is called Martinje (St. Martin's Day). St. Martin is the patron saint of innkeepers and winemakers. The holiday is said to have originated in France and spread across Europe. Goose is traditionally eaten on Martinje. Saint Martin or Martin of Tours is one of the most recognised of all Christian saints.  

This year on Sunday, November 7, at 3pm, Croatian Premium Wine Imports invites you to join them and Renee Pea, Consul General of the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia in Los Angeles, to help celebrate Martinje and explore the Martinje customs, while tasting a wine from each of the four Croatian wine regions.

You can register for this free event by clicking here. While no purchase is necessary, if you'd like to taste along with them, they'll be tasting the following wines:

2017 Jagunić Three Stars Brut (Sparkling wine from Croatian Uplands)
2019 Krauthaker Graševina (Grasevina from Slavonia and Danube wine region)
2019 Fakin Teran (Teran from Istria)
2016 Terra Madre Plavac Mali Premium (Plavac Mali from Dalmatia)

These wines are available in their online store with a 10% discount code, which you will receive when you register for this event.

2) The 8th Annual Sherry Week will be held November 8-14, and as I'm a huge fan of Sherry, this is always a fun and delicious week. Sherry is under-appreciated by so many people and it needs greater recognition and awareness. It's a great food wine, and most of it is dry, not sweet like many people think. Check out my All About Sherry post for links to my numerous Sherry articles.

As they state for this year's Sherry Week: "A multitude of exciting and innovative in-person events will take place in many countries to share the versatility of Sherry - and the joy of human companionship. After a hugely successful pivot to online events last year, we continue to offer as many, if not more chats, webinars, tastings and interviews online and on Social Media, making the superb wines of the Sherry Triangle even more accessible to aficionados and professionals, wherever they are in the world." Check out their website to see all the fun events, both online and live events, in which you can participate.

This year, the House of Lustau is celebrating Sherry Week by welcoming sherry back to the bar. Head chefs and bartenders at eleven restaurants across the U.S. are teaming up to create a food and sherry cocktail pairing in honor of the celebration. In addition to the pairings, which will be offered all week long, the chefs and bartenders will create short videos explaining their creations to their guests. Visitors of these restaurants will be able to order the pairing and scan the QR codes on coasters and table tents to watch their restaurant’s chef and bartender discuss the elements of the dish and cocktail. The QR codes will also give visitors the opportunity to watch the videos created by the other restaurants to get a better sense of sherry’s diversity.

Two of the eleven restaurants are in Massachusetts, including Taberna de Haro and Yvonne’s. Taberna de Haro has an extensive and superb Sherry list, and they usually participate in Sherry Week with several different events. Every time I go there, it's difficult to choose which Sherry to drink as there are so many that appeal to me. So, I hope you all celebrate Sherry Week in some manner.

3) Beginning Friday, November 5, and continuing through April 2022, the Café at Rochambeau will be hosting some renowned chefs, restaurants and brands for its monthly Rochambeau Bakery Pop-Up Series. The pop-ups will feature a different local partner on the first Friday of every month in Rochmabeau’s cafe space from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Guests will be able to enjoy each pop-up’s unique bakery offerings in the cafe, or as take-away. A variety of coffee beverages from La Colombe will also be available for purchase alongside baked goods.

The Rochambeau Bakery Pop-Up Series schedule will feature:
Friday, November 5:: Kate Holowchik of Lionheart Confections
Friday, December 3:: Chef Cameron Cieslak of Troquet on South
Friday, January 7, 2022: Erin Miller of Urban Hearth
Friday, February 4, 2022: Nicole Harrington of Catalyst Restaurant
Friday, March 4 2022: Chef Colton Coburn-Wood of Cósmica
Friday, April 1, 2022: Heather Yunger of Top Shelf Cookies

Reservations are not required, walk-in only. 

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