We are happy to announce the return of our weekly wine tastings. This week we will enjoy the quality wines made by our friend Bob Broman. Formerly with such well known wineries such as Stag’s Leap and Sebastiani, Bob now makes his own delicious Napa Valley wines, as well as several other wines under the Line 39 and Backhouse brands. This week we will sample two wines from each of these two brands along with two of the limited production Broman Cellars offerings from Bob’s Napa Valley winery.
Here on the blog, we talk about how important it is that we try to purchase local and organic produce whenever possible. Not only is local produce fresher and tastier because it has been harvested nearby instead of flown in from across the world, buying locally helps support the local economy. Image Source: Ditchdesign.com However, it’s a sad truth that many people in our community don’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables at all, much less ones that are organic and sustainably-grown. We think of our Island as a place of bounty and plenty: after all, every day we walk past water that is teeming with seafood and local community gardens that are beginning to flourish. But just a few miles away from us, people are living in areas where, thanks to poverty, lack of accessible transportation, and an absence of true grocery stores they have very little access to fresh produce. These areas are known as food deserts, and they are closer to us than you might think. Image Source: Alloveralbany.com Luckily, there is an organization that is stepping up to fill the nutritional void facing low-income families in our area. The All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota already spearheads an impressive array of initiatives to battle hunger, from the BackPack Kids Program that provides nutritional support to food-insecure kids over the weekends and school holidays, and the Turkey Distribution Program that helps feed over 7,000 families each Thanksgiving. Now, they’re attempting to tackle the food desert issue by bringing a traveling oasis called the Veggie Mobile to areas that need it most. Image Source: Alloveralbany.com The Veggie Mobile, which has been dubbed “Sprout” will begin delivering fresh produce to low-income adults, children, and families who live in neighborhoods with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. All Faiths will acquire this produce by a combination of donations and purchasing, and will endeavor to deliver an array of fruits and veggies based on seasonality, price, cultural preferences, and demand. The truck won’t just be delivering food, either: it will also be a source of nutrition education culinary instruction, and gardening education in order to improve knowledge and help foster positive behavioral changes. Image Source: SRQVolunteens.com All Faiths Food Bank has spent the summer working through the logistics of this incredible undertaking, and plans to roll out Sprout this fall. They are looking for donors and sponsors as well as volunteers and facilitators to help make this program as successful as possible. If you’d like to learn more or get involved, please visit the All Faiths Food Bank website to find out how you can help more people take advantage of the abundant fresh produce that is just out of their reach. You can also click Like on their Facebook page to stay in the loop on up-to-the-minute ways you can help alleviate hunger in your community.
We love an inventive cocktail here at The Waterfront. Last month we talked all about the classic marriage of wine and booze that is the wine cocktail. Today, we continue the theme by delving into the world of the beer cocktail. It’s no secret that we love both craft beers and craft cocktails: in fact, we often have a hard time choosing between them, especially during these hot summer months. A beer almost always sounds more refreshing, but after a while you just want to mix things up a little. That’s when the beer cocktail comes in really handy. Here are some of our favorites: Image source: Minimalistbaker.com Ginger Beer Margarita We’ve all seen pictures of those beer margaritas – giant goblets filled with tequila and sour mix and limeade with an upside-down bottle of Corona for garnish. That’s fine if that’s your thing, but we’re in love with this simple and stylish Ginger Beer Margarita. It has just five ingredients – agave tequila, freshly-squeezed lime juice, simple syrup, ginger beer, and coarse salt. It’s tangy, sweet, spicy and crafty. Can’t get much better than that. Image source: Jacobgrier.com Caipbeerinha We love a good caipirinha; in fact, we’re proud to serve our own spin on Brazil’s national cocktail that features fresh muddled pineapple. So we extra-love this concept of the Caip-beer-inha. Not only is the name super fun, it gives us a chance to add an unexpected twist to the flavor profile with a nice craft IPA. (But let’s get real for a second. It’s mostly our favorite because of the name.) Image source: Pastemagazine.com (Katherine Sacks) The Weissen Sour When you think of refreshing summer drinks, bourbon might not exactly top your list. But when it’s part of a The Weissen Sour cocktail (which contains white ale, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, orange marmalade and orange bitters) it’s pretty much summer in a rocks glass. Image source: Summerfruitcup.wordpress.com Snakebite Even though it’s about a billion degrees outside we’re actually pretty much on the cusp of summer and fall. This means more and more varieties of hard cider are hitting shelves and coolers near you. The Snakebite is the perfect drink for this transitional time. It’s super simple to make (the recipe is just one half pint of lager and ½ pint of hard cider) but endlessly customizable (you can use any beer and cider combo of your choosing). You can also add a dash of blackcurrant syrup to turn the drink into a Diesel. We suggest a bold double-twist on the recipe. Use Angry Orchard’s new limited edition Elderflower Hard Cider with a beer of your choosing, and then turn that Snakebite into a Diesel variation with the special edition Pimm’s Blackberry and Elderflower liqueur. You’re welcome.
Join us for a chance to sample a variety of different salsas paired with an assortment of wines and beers. One of our most popular events last year, this tasting gives us a chance to explore all of the different flavors available to enhance our meals or as dips for hors-d’oeuvres. Guests are welcome to prepare their own favorite salsa as well.