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Cooking for a Cause- Wine Diner

Updated: Dec 31, 2022

A few times a year my wife and I donate a wine dinner in our home to a local charity including our local art center and a few other worthy causes. These are auctioned off to raise funds and we cover the cost of the dinner in our home. These once or twice a year events although exhausting are a time for me to really put my culinary skills to the test. If you like china, like we do, it's also a great time to get it all out.

In February of 2020 we hosted 10 people including ourselves and here is what and how we cooked everything. Over the pasts months many of my weekly vlogs have come from this menu because I always want to share things with you I've perfected. A local wine purveyor Gay McLeskey at The Kitchen Emporium helped pair all of the wines. So anytime you have a big party ask your local wine shop for help. They can work with your budget and find just the perfect things to pair with your food taking the stress off of you.


Fox Leap Cocktail

Our signature libation with Bombay Sapphire Gin, St. Germain & lime

Parmesan Cracker

House-made cheese cracker with champagne mustard, pickle and salami

Ham & Pea Soup

Boots & Bow Ties’ recipe with English peas, cream & prosciutto

Kim Crawford Signature Reserve Sauvignon Blanc - Marlborough

Homemade Pasta & Lemon Cream

House-made linguine with cream, lemon zest, chipotle & garlic

J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay - Arroyo Seco, Monterrey CA

Blackened Salmon Street Tacos

Rubbed fish in a buttered taco with avocado tomatillo salsas & root vegetable slaw

Scott Family Pinot Noir - Arroyo Seco, Monterrey CA

Sweet & Sour Pork Chops

Butter & garlic fried bone in chops with sweet & sour onions and peppers

The Prisoner Wine Company Unshackled Rose, Oakville, CA


Vanilla Crème Brûlée

Boots & Bow Ties’ recipe for a creamy custard table finished with a torch

Gougenheim Sparkling Malbec - Valle Escondido, Mendoza, Argentina

Here's a look at the party...

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