I love Winefest. I love it so much. Look how much fun I had there last year with my friends Kim and Jill. We ate at least a pound of sushi-style ahi tuna, learned that we love SeaGlass Sauvignon Blanc, hobnobbed with Guy Bower and Brett Harris, and went out to Chester’s for Tumbleweeds when it was all over. Ahhhh. Good times.
This year, I can’t go because I’m otherwise engaged, and I’m very unhappy about missing it. This is one fun event.
You can read my story about the Grand Tasting online tomorrow and in the Go! section on Friday, but in the meantime, I have a list of all the restaurants that will be at Saturday night’s Grand Tasting and what delicious bites they’ll be serving. Organizers secured 14 restaurants this year, including a few new ones — Newport Grill and Gaslamp Grille among them.
Tell me how it is if you go. Sniff. Sniff sniff.
Alambize de Camarones (bacon wrapped shrimp)
Papas con chile
Chili con queso
Shrimp scampi with grilled bread
Grilled filet tips with marsala sauce
Asian salad wonton with chilled shrimp
Gaslamp Grille & Lounge
Carpaccio with toasted leeks and smoked apple broth
Chilled canteloupe soup with hazelnut oil
Hangar One Steakhouse
Steak bites with zip sauce
Spinach & artichoke dip
Calypso shrimp skewers
Mike’s Wine Dive
Marinated achiote pork loin with mango salsa
Basil & spinach pesto tomato bruschetta
Crispy rock shrimp cigars
North coast smoked salmon dip with garlic toast points
The Seafood Shoppe
Penne pasta primavera with chicken
Strawberry daiquiri fudge brownie
Taste & See
Black bean hummus with exotic root vegetable chips
Choripina, andouille sausage & pineapple skewers served with chimichurri sauce
Marinated cheese with gluten free crackers
Chili bacon grisini
Canadian bacon & smoked Swiss cheese
Regular summer sausage & smoked hot pepper cheese