After three weeks of imported wines, we thought it time to come back to our own quality stuff from California. Smilin’ Tom Devine of Big Crush Wines will be here sharing his knowledge of three exciting, relatively new wineries; Bliss, Broadside, and X Winery. For the whites, an amazing blend of four unusual grapes and a fantastic organic chardonnay fermented with natural yeasts from wildflowers pressed with the whole clusters of grapes. The reds are equally interesting, a blend once again of four grapes, a big merlot and cabernet, and a cabernet-petite verdot blend. I can’t wait. Debbie and Ali will work their magic in the kitchen as well.
Our biggest and best beer tasting every year by far – Roguetoberfest. A selection of 6 Rogue ales from the Pacific Northwest’s most popular brewery. Door prizes, raffles and beer glasses available. A free commemorative t-shirt will be given with each paid admission. Also this year, live music with Sycamore Shade, Anna Maria’s most popular bluegrass band.
If you’ve been even a casual viewer of food-related TV shows in the past fifteen years, you’ve seen Jamie Oliver. Even in his original incarnation on The Naked Chef, Oliver was all about creating simple recipes using fresh ingredients. As his star has risen, so has his activism: in addition to promoting a healthy lifestyle through cookbooks and television programs, he has also founded the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. Through this organization he has been integral in revamping the school lunch programs in Britain, and has reached out to disadvantaged youth by providing them elite culinary apprentice training at his restaurant Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen. And this Friday, May 16, 2014, Oliver hopes people all over the world embrace his message as he champions Food Revolution Day Food Revolution Day is a campaign started by the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation in conjunction with Australia’s The Good Foundation. It’s all about celebrating the importance of cooking good food from scratch, as well as raising awareness of how food affects the health and happiness of all people. Over 900 ambassadors in 74 countries will reach out to kids on this day in order to teach them how to be food smart, as well as demonstrate that cooking is fun in the hopes that they will inspire a lifelong love of food. The best part about Food Revolution Day is that it’s all about encouraging and celebrating small changes, and sharing your experiences with others. You can do something with long-term consequences like planting fruits and vegetables or something as simple as trying a new ingredient (or visiting the amazing edible gardens found throughout our community). No matter how you decide to get involved, share your story on social media. We’ll be following #FRD2014 on our Twitter account through Friday (@WaterfrontAMI) and retweeting some of the best of the best in tips and photos. After all, The Waterfront Restaurant has always been a trailblazer when it comes to culinary sustainability: if there’s a food revolution we’ll always be the first to show up.
This week we feature Michel Maillebuau of Masciarelli Wine Importers sampling the wines of South Africa’s Rooiberg Winery. We will try their chenin blanc, sauvignon blanc, a delicious rose of pinotage, merlot/cabernet blend, shiraz and a reserve cabernet. Hors-d’oeuvres will be served to pair with the wines.