2012 Wine & Food Affair

tasting along the wine road cookbook  volume 14

This is how I picture myself in my kitchen, local wine in hand, sautéing greens from my garden, gazing out the window and thinking about life.

Every year I explore a little more, try a few more local wines, and rendezvous with local producers and chefs. {Heaven}

One of my favorite events is fast approaching and I want to share it with you; it’s the annual Wine and Food Affair two days filled with outstanding wine and tasty local vittles. Each year, I take home my event wine glass and beautiful cookbook, that has oodles of recipes featured at the event.

The 2012 cookbook is filled with recipes from local bed and breakfasts, wine country inns and restaurants.  If you want to sample the food of the region, this is a great way to start. The book also has gorgeous artwork from artist Chris Witkowski. Chris is known for her food and flora images that portray local foods and farmers markets in their glory.  Chris captures the lifestyle essence that I love about Sonoma County.

There is a heart-warming forward from local chef and farmer Jeff Mall from Zin Restaurant in Healdsburg. He shares his perspective on Sonoma County and the impression this region gave him as a young boy.

Reading through the cookbook, there is something for everyone, especially if you like brunch. There are some delicious recipes from several local inns and restaurants. And a few standouts include:

The Farmhouse Inn Pumpkin Waffles with Apple Cider Sauce. Sounds a-mazing.

Local boutique grocer Oakville Grocery has a simple Margarita Pizza that is definitely worth a try.

And Francis Ford Coppola’s Rustic restaurant’s recipe for Marrakesh Lamb.  This remains one of my favorite meals I’ve enjoyed while wine tasting with family or friends. Question is, can I recreate it? Hope so! My brother Ken who spent time in Morocco for his Peace Corps service, tried this dish and concurred this is the ‘real’ deal.

An adventurous one is from Primus frontman Les Claypool, from Claypool Cellars home of the Purple Pachyderm. Les pairs his wines with a savory alligator sausage cheesecake with shrimp and smoked gouda. Did I mention it had a parmesan crust? This creative dish is from New Orleans’s Chef Jacques Leonardi from Jacques-Imo’s Cafe.  Love the crazy unusualness of this.

Better plot my course for that weekend.  Think I’ll do that while enjoying a glass of wine and sautéing some greens…

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