Archive for July, 2009

My Favorite! The dessert table at Palm Event Center!

My Favorite! The dessert table at Palm Event Center!

Last night was the Livermore Valley Wine Growers Annual Taste of Terroir – A Food & Wine Experience held at the GORGEOUS Palm Event Center at Mitchell Katz Winery.  The event pairs local chef’s and local winemakers to create a food & wine pairing.  It is a delicious contest where the winner isn’t just the winery or restaurant but the attendees that get to sample 14 dishes and taste 14 wines!  I’ll get to it though – the winners from last night’s 2009 Taste of Terrior are:

Most Innovative
McGrail Vineyards & Campo Di Bocce:

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon and Cherry and Olive Tapenade with Lavender on a Gorgonzola Puff Pastry
Winemaker: Jim McGrail
Chef: Michael Wogen

Judges’ Best
Ruby Hill Winery & Casa Real at Ruby Hill:

2007 Estate Reserve Zinfandel and Summertime Braised Pork with Blueberry-Chipolte BBQ Sauce and Carrott-Ginger Slaw
Winemaker: Chris Graves
Chef: Adam R. Brown

Best Expression of Local Ingredients
Wente Vineyards & The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards:

2007 Nth Degree Pinot Noir and House-Cured Duck Prosciutto with Fregola Pasta Salad, Brentwood Corn, Garden Basil, Sweet Red Onion, Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese
Winemaker: Karl Wente
Chef: Arthur Wall

People’s Choice
Murrieta’s Well & Hap’s Original Steakhouse:

2007 Muscat Canelli and Tostones with Sweet Chili Prawn, Whipped Cream Cheese, Pineapple Habenera Jelly and Cilantro
Winemaker: Phillip Wente
Chef: Wilson Miller

Most Creamaginative (Creative + Imaginative)
Mitchell Katz Winery & Palm Event Center in the Vineyard:

2007 Sangiovese Reserve and Mearty Muffuletta style Empanada with Artisan Mortadella, Toscano Salami and Piquant Ollye Relish
Winemaker: Mitchell Katz
Chef: Alex Olsen

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A Fun and Inexpensive Night out!

A Fun and Inexpensive Night out!

The Tri-Valley has movie mania! Gather the family and head out to these fun and FREE outdoor movies this summer in Tri-Valley.  It is a great way to have a fun evening out! Bring chairs or a picnic blanket and relax under the stars.

Livermore: Wente Vineyards Summer Cinema

Where: The Terrace Lawn overlooking the vineyards at 5050 Arroyo Road.

All movies are complimentary and begin at twilight. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” will be shown on July 13 and “Mamma Mia!” is scheduled for Aug. 10. Adults can enjoy a two-course fixed price dinner at The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards and a glass of Wente Vineyards Estate Grown Wine for only $29 (plus tax and gratuity), the Kid’s package for children 12 and under includes a drink, choice of two entrees, and a sundae for just $15 (plus tax and gratuity).  Restaurant reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 925.456.2450. The outdoor Reel Classics Cafe offers casual fare.

Pleasanton Free Movies in the Park

Where: DeLucchi Park on Main Street.

The downtown park opens at 4 p.m. and seating will be organized in sections by height. Show starts at 8:30 pm. Free popcorn will be provided by Thriving Ink. “Kung Fu Panda”; July 9th,”The Wizard of Oz,” July 23; “School of Rock,” Aug. 6; and  “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Aug. 20.

Danville’s Moonlight Movies on the Town Green

Where: 420 Front St. in front of the library.

Fridays, starting at 8:15 p.m. The next show will be “The Three Amigos” on July 17; “Zathura” on July 31; and “Coraline” on Aug. 14.

Dublin’s Family Movies Under the Stars

Where: Emerald Glen Park, 4201 Central Parkway.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Program includes showings of “Madagascar” on July 31 and “Shrek” on Aug. 28. Refreshments will be sold, but attendees are free to bring their own snacks.

For more information on Summer movie details

  • Pleasanton: 925-931-5340
  • Dublin: 925-828-1315
  • Danville: 925-314-3466
  • Wente Vineyards: 925-456-2400
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