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Coolest wine and/or food events/classes?

Lotus7 Jun 15, 2012 11:45 AM

What are the neatest wine/food events or classes you've attended? Perhaps a pairings class (wine/chocolate) or a very specific topic that you found interesting (exploring a single ingredient). I went to an awesome Murray's Cheese 101 class a few yrs ago. Now that I'm not on the East Coast I'd love ideas for helping put together classes in my new city!

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    amazinc Apr 3, 2013 10:57 AM

    Last March a friend & I attended the Charleston Wine & Food Show and the very best (of many bests) was the Soul Food Shuffle. We ate at about 9 different restaurants (soul food restaurants, of course) in only 6 or so hours. If you are lucky enough to get to attend this event, make sure you sign up for that particular part of it. Sooooo much fun and got to see parts of Charleston that even our hostess, who has lived there for years, didn't know. Too Good.

    Other than that, let me mention the pasta & pizza making classes that are being given at the Sur la Table store in San Antonio, TX and in other cities. They are great fun, also.

    1. limster Jun 19, 2012 02:02 PM

      The coolest food events for me were feasts with other chowhounds, such as:
      - a 5 hour chow crawl exploring JP with Boston hounds: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/432652
      - the SF chowhound picnic e.g. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/448504
      - a NY chowhound social http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/238356

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        EllieS Jun 19, 2012 11:31 AM

        I took at sugar pulling/blowing class at ICE in NYC during the winter. I was the only non-professional student there but it was fun. It was a 3 day class and at the end we got to take home sugar centerpieces that we had made using the different techniques taught in class.

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          amazinc Jun 19, 2012 10:43 AM

          Don't know how it will be, but will report on here. Daughter and I are going to a class offered by the Santa Fe School of Cooking in August that will be held at the Georgia O'Keefe estate. Am really looking forward to the class and seeing the estate.

          1. Bill Hunt Jun 15, 2012 08:48 PM

            Well, we have attended several Blackberry Farm Food & Wine evens, but the most recent was possibly the best. It featured Chef Michael Mina, and the wines from Dirk Nierpoort. That event exceeded my expectations.


            1. HillJ Jun 15, 2012 01:32 PM

              Lotus7, where do you live?

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                Lotus7 Jun 16, 2012 02:33 PM

                Sorry I didn't mention in my OP-I'm in Austin.

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                  HillJ Jun 16, 2012 02:50 PM


                  food events, some wine events

                  just wine, http://www.localwineevents.com/events...

                  You might want to post in the TX area board for more local ideas that only locals would know about! Enjoy!

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                    JB BANNISTER Jun 18, 2012 01:57 PM

                    Austin Food and wine foundation has some great events. They recently cook a cow whole for charity.

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                      HillJ Jun 18, 2012 03:43 PM

                      Wow, JB that must have been a show stopper!

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                        carolinadawg Jun 18, 2012 03:52 PM

                        One cow is minor league compared to what JB has done.

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                          HillJ Jun 18, 2012 04:28 PM

                          I have no idea what that means. Maybe JB can share.

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                            carolinadawg Jun 18, 2012 04:40 PM


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                              HillJ Jun 18, 2012 04:48 PM

                              Ah, now it makes sense. Thanks!

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                                JB BANNISTER Jun 18, 2012 05:43 PM

                                Thanks for the plug guys. Bovinova 2013 is in the works for Oct of next year.

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                          JB BANNISTER Jun 18, 2012 05:40 PM

                          It was a GREAT event. It was at Salt Lick BBQ. They do a great job with what looks like an event a month. I flew in for the Gaucho Event this year and I will again if they do it.
                          There is something food in Austin ALL THE TIME!

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                            HillJ Jun 18, 2012 05:52 PM

                            JB, I'm officially jealous! I wish like anything I could be there.

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