Saturday, January 27, 2018

wine dinners part I

so this weekend is Forks and Corks weekend - a big deal in Sarasota each January.  The Grand Tasting is held at the Ringling Museum on Sunday mid day with more than a thousand guests (too many) after doing the Grand Tasting for a year as regular admission and two or three years as VIP admission we decided to no longer fight the crowds and just to the weekend wine dinners.

So last night we went to a Friday night event at Blue Marlin in Bradenton Beach. The whole big deal is run by an organization called Sarasota-Manatee Originals (SMO)which is an association of locally owned restaurants.  So Blue Marlin being a SMO member was called upon to host a wine dinner and invited us (as known wine folks) to join in.  We had already booked for Saturday night at Michael's Wine Cellar dinner with friends Gene & Mary Ann - which will be part II...

Off we went for the 6:30 event and were greeted by the usual suspects- actually everyone we knew on the staff was there except Vicki.  Dan was pouring and Kelsey was as well, Max was overseeing the food delivery and Adam (the owner) was checking on pretty much everything...  We were seated with another guy from the Chicago area named Ken and a couple named Bob and Nancy, from various places including Louisville/Pittsburgh/Kokomo/State College...LOL

the craziness of F&C grand tasting

and last night's lovely meal-

the carpaccios were served family style and passed before I took a photo but I thought the portobello carpaccio was the single best dish of the evening but they both would serve as the best course!

they also served lovely oysters with sparkling and a mid meal course of veggie sushi with tuna tartare topping... the dessert was from Andrea Spring of Mermaid Pie Company - a nice evening of good food and good company - maybe not the best wines we have ever had but it always interesting to taste things you don't know because you might find some new things to like- the WOE was definitely to my mind the Viognier... which as funny because it was the WOE for the Outstanding in the Field dinner as well - there it was from our buddies Paul Gerrie and Steve Dorner at Cristom...

so tonight off for Italian wine and dinner at Michael's Wine Cellar... usually a wonderful time - we will report back later...

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