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“Chef in the Vineyard”: fresh and simple recipes from great wine estates

Chef in the Vineyard by John SarichAt yesterday’s IFBC kick-off event at Ste. Michelle, we were each given a copy of John Sarich’s fifth book “Chef in the Vineyard”.  Beautifully photographed, the book is a visual tour through Sarich’s ten favorite wineries.  With over 140 recipes, each is complemented with the author’s wine recommendations.  The recipes are easy and make great use of Pacific Northwest ingredients.  On first go through, I loved the history and information that John shared about each winery.  This is a man who clearly loves what he does and his passion is evident through his writing.  I can’t wait to immerse myself in his recipes and pairings.  From experience (I have John’s other four books), his recipes are easy to make, use readily available ingredients, are extremely flavorful and great to share with family and friends.  His pairings are usually spot on for my palate.  With more cookbooks on my shelves than I like to admit to, this is a welcome addition and I suspect will become a cooking staple.

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Food, Wine & Film – Kick Off to the IFBC – International Food Bloggers Conference

IFBC 2013 Logo  Revving up for this weekends International Food Bloggers Conference here in Seattle!  IFBC is always a favorite:  great speakers, extremely informative seminars, tastings of amazing new products and a sell-out crowd to network with.  What more could a blogger want?

Today’s pre-conference kick-off events start with a wine & food pairing by Chateau Ste. Michelle Culinary Director John Sarich out at the Woodinville winery.  Why would a Seattle based blogger who has been out there many times want to attend?  John’s passion is always catchy and inspiring.  Washington’s oldest and most award winning winery is set on a gorgeous property, which really shines on a clear, sunny early fall day like today.  There is certainly a wine to fit every palate and I always enjoy John’s inspired guidance on dishes to pair with each blend.

This evening I’ll be attending the first preview screening in Washington State of the documentary GMO OMG – a tale of a six-year olds journey from kitchen table to Monsanto’s doorstep.

Here’s a shout-out to fellow-attendees – can’t wait to meet you!

 

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