So, it’s been awhile since I posted.
TOO long actually.
How about we play a little “catch up?”

Ringing in the New Year

This year we decided to play NYE low key. Just a night at home with comfort foods and fun wine. Dinner request was biscuits and gravy. I happen to make quite a good rendition of this dish so I am asked to make it often. For dinner mostly 🙂 I happily obliged. We had a bottle of the Blue Moon Grand Cru with it. Was a nice (and heavy!) pairing… For our evening’s sipping glass, we had snifters of Grand Marnier Centenaire ~ the hundred year version of B’s favorite drink. Warm and wonderful. By far my favorite of the three GM offerings. I highly recommend having some near a fire sometime. As midnight neared, I picked our bubbles. Went simple. Half bottle of Taittinger. It was a perfect toast to the new year.
The following morning consisted of a Bakon Vodka Bloody Mary.
Salty and spicy. Happy 2010!

Treasuring Our City

For the first major STLwinegirl event of the year, I teamed up with Mike Shannon’s for a wine dinner on January 9, 2010. We came up with a concept of celebrating St. Louis through food and wine in a different way. The food menu was created with local meats, cheeses, vegetables and ingredients. The wine was not local, instead “locally connected.” St. Louis residents and natives who have gone into the winemaking business in some form or fashion. We sold out early and I was more excited than words can say. The night was great. Many food and wine “celebrities” of St. Louis made their way out for the event, as well as Mike Shannon himself and Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox, both of which were showcasing their wines. I hosted the event and had a fabulous time. The food was amazing, the wine was flowing. It was a hit. I look forward to working with Mike Shannon’s on future events.
Toasting Whitey!
On January 15, we were so fortunate to be invited to the private party for Whitey Herzog’s nomination into the Hall of Fame. A night of cocktails, wining and dining with locals and some of the most famous former Cardinals this town has ever seen. It was an exciting evening. You could feel the buzz in the air of excitement for the man who led our beloved baseball team for so many years. I am truly appreciative for this experience.
Winter Warm Up
We resumed the popular Food and Wine Pairing Series at Provisions Gourmet Market on January 19. Our theme “Winter Warm Up” centered around great winter foods that we can dream about eating fireside. Warm spices, rustic sauces… paired with rich wines you could imagine sipping on while watching the snow fall out your window. It was a very successful and fun class. The perfect kick off to another round of classes!

Catching Cabin Fever

For a random Saturday afternoon, we decided to hit the Cabin Fever Festival at Schlafly Bottleworks. We tasted many a beers and took the tour. As many of you know, I do love beer and I love to learn about it just like wine. I never pit them against each other because they are two very different things that serve different, yet the same, purpose. To each their own, both for us and them…

A Passionate Pairing

For my first ever cooking and wine demonstration class at the Kitchen Conservatory in Clayton, I was paired up with Monarch’s fabulous chef, Josh Galliano. The class itself was our first meeting, but no matter, we immediately got down to business. Our guests were enthusiastic and ready to learn. Watch Chef Galliano work was amazing! I thoroughly enjoying watching him work his craft, not to mention, tasting his food. I felt fortunate to be the one pairing wines with the immaculate dishes he created. I had so much fun and am looking forward to my solo class at the store on May 7, 2010.

Needless to say, this year has started off great.
By the looks of things, it won’t be slowing down
any time soon. I am so looking forward to
all of the amazing events that are coming up
and those that haven’t even been planned.
I am excited and READY!
So many wines, so little time!
Ready… Set… GO! 😉