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Coolest wine and/or food events/classes?

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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    1. re: HillJ

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

      1. re: Lotus7


        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!

        1. re: HillJ

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

          1. re: JB BANNISTER

            Wow, JB that must have been a show stopper!

            1. re: HillJ

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

              1. re: carolinadawg

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

                    1. re: HillJ

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

              2. re: HillJ

                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!

                1. re: JB BANNISTER

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

      2. 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. 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. 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.

            1. 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

              1. 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.