Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Greenwich Wine + Food Festival 2018 Announced

Okay everyone, the best wine and food festival has announced the lineup and dates for 2018. Mark your calendars and go. We're driving all the way from North Carolina for this one. Plus your entry fee goes to a great cause.



GREENWICH WINE + FOOD RETURNS WITH FESTIVAL WEEKEND; EXPANDS WITH ADDITION OF GOLF CLASSIC AND FUN RUN EVENTS

Festival Weekend Returns September 21-22 and Welcomes Back 
Alex Guarnaschelli and Scott Conant

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation to be Primary 2018 Beneficiary

Greenwich, CT – The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo will return for its eighth year, hosting a Master Chef Wine Dinner on Friday, September 21 and a full day of food, drinks, music and fun on Saturday, September 22 at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut. This year, the fourth annual Serendipity Golf Classic presented by Pure Leaf, to be held June 12, and the inaugural Serendipity Fun Run presented by Aquafina, to be held on May 13, will also fall under the Greenwich Wine + Food flagship brand.  

“After seven successful years of hosting the festival weekend, we’re excited to expand the event this year to also include our annual golf outing and first-ever family run,” said Suni Unger, founder and CEO of Unger Media, the parent company behind Greenwich Wine + Food and Serendipity. “Also new this year, we’re proud to announce PepsiCo and two of its brands – Aquafina and Pure Leaf – as presenting sponsors of these three events. Their dedication to the community mirrors our own. Our mission for Greenwich Wine + Food remains to strengthen our community’s non-profit partners, local businesses and renowned food culture. This year, the money we raise will benefit Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation.”

The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo will honor Alex Guarnaschelli at the Friday night Master Chef Wine Dinner, and welcome Scott Conant as a special guest, as well as provide live musical entertainment (TBA). Guarnaschelli is a Food Network star (“Chopped,” “Iron Chef”), cookbook author and New York City chef/restaurateur (Butter, The Darby).

“Alex has been a favorite celebrity guest at our Saturday event the past three years, conducting demos, sharing stories in the greenroom and signing cookbooks for fans. We are ecstatic to be recognizing her as an iconic female chef in the culinary world, throughout this year’s festival weekend,” added Unger.  “Friday evening will also honor this year’s class of 2018 SerendipityMost Innovative Chefs, continuing our tradition of identifying the top culinary talent in Connecticut and New York….and of course, we’re thrilled to welcome last year’s honoree, Scott Conant, back to meet our guests and enjoy the evening!”

Saturday’s events take place in the Culinary Village, with the Grand Tasting tent at the heart of the festival. Guests will enjoy tastings and demonstrations from more than 150+ of the area’s finest food, wine, spirits experts, as well as other tents celebrating burgers, BBQ, tacos and more. They will also experience sommelier, mixologist and brew master presentations, celebrity book signings, Q&A sessions with top culinary experts, a celebrity green room with live interviews and an exclusive Meet the Masters’ Panel discussion with Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli and more (TBA). The 7thAnnual Burger Battle will return, as will the 4th Annual Top Bartender Showdown, providing heated competition between area restaurants. The festival will come to a close with a headlining live musical performance (TBA).
Tickets for the Festival All Weekend Pass, Friday’s Master Chef Wine Dinner, Saturday All Day Pass (General & VIP) and more will be available in the coming weeks via www.greenwichwineandfood.com or by calling 203.588.1363. The festival weekend will be held rain or shine, and anyone under 21, including infants or strollers, will not be admitted. Animals are also not permitted. 

The inaugural Serendipity Fun Run presented by Aquafina will celebrate Greenwich’s beautiful parks on Sunday, May 13 at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. The 5k run/walk will begin at 9:00am welcoming participants of all ages, and will offer food trucks, prizes and family fun, all to benefit Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation. To register for this event, visit www.greenwichwineandfood.com.

The fourth annual Serendipity Golf Classic presented by Pure Leaf will take place Tuesday, June 12 at the GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, New York. The event will kick off with an early lunch, and include a round of 18 holes, exclusive gifts and prizes, an auction, wrap-up dinner and live music, to support Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. To register as an individual or team, visit www.greenwichwineandfood.com.


ABOUT GREENWICH WINE + FOOD 
Greenwich Wine + Food celebrates community, charity, food, beverage and more in the Connecticut and New York area with multiple events throughout the year, including the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo, the Serendipity Golf Classic presented by Pure Leaf, and theSerendipity Fun Run presented by Aquafina. The 2018 beneficiaries include Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation. Greenwich Wine + Food is a part of Unger Media. For more information, visit www.greenwichwineandfood.com.

ABOUT THE GREENWICH 2018 WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL 
The Greenwich 2018 Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo is a multi-day event celebrating the area’s rich culinary landscape and showcasing innovation in the food and beverage industries. It will benefit multiple charitable organizations including Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation. Sponsors to date include PepsiCo, Pepsi Zero, Alfa Romeo, Stella Artois, Empire City Casino, Pure Leaf, Hospital For Special Surgery, Lifewtr, Coldwell Banker, 90+ Cellars, Rudy’s Limousine Service, Ruffino, Meiomi, Kim Crawford and Serendipity.*  For more information, visit www.greenwichwineandfood.com.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

South Beach Grill- Wilmington, NC Revisited

Since moving to Wilmington and settling in, we don't get out to eat as often as we did when we visited. That said, we have narrowed down our list of favorites and South Beach Grill on Wrightsville Beach is one of our top places. We've been there multiple times and have found a consistency in food and service. Well, they've been there for twenty years or so and that is a testimony to their quality.


I was excited when they announced that they had added a few new menu items, and had refreshed the interior, so we headed down and I had the Nashville hot chicken and waffles appetizer. The waffles were made from sweet potatoes and visalia onions and there was a mild heat to the dish. Excellent. 


I had the blackened salmon BLT wrap and it was also excellent. Teresa got the Maker's Mark salad, one of her favorites, also excellent.

South Beach Grill has great food and true Southern hospitality. If you haven't been there yet, what are you waiting for? Stop by and tell John I sent you. 


Monday, February 12, 2018

Your Pie Pizza- Wilmington, NC


We were invited to the soft opening of Your Pie Pizza at the corner of Oleander and College, behind the pharmacy, and I must say I was impressed. The concept is that you build your own 10 inch pizza, well they actually build it using the ingredients of your choosing. The same idea applies to panini and salads and they all have a price of $7.99. 



If you can't figure out what you want, they have a few signature pizzas, which can be customized. I went with the Southern Heat, shown at top, with chicken, buffalo sauce, red onions, jalapeƱos, and mozzarella cheese. It was quite nice. Teresa had the Nat which had pesto, feta cheese, mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes, and spinach. Also quite good. The ten inch pie is just the right size for lunch.

They also have gelato, soft drinks, wine, and a decent selection of craft beers. 

The design of the interior has a nice modern feel, the people are friendly, and in spite of the lack of experience that seemed to know what they were doing. We'll pop in again. They have a website for more information.