New event: Silicon Valley's Wine Escape
If you don't often drive south, then an inaugural food-wine event this weekend in Campbell -- Silicon Valley's Wine Escape -- will provide a good opportunity to check out bites by top Morgan Hill and Gilroy chefs.
Coming north for the Saturday, June 29, event are the Milias Restaurant, Ladera Grill, Odeum and Maurizio's. They'll be joined by Aldo's, Tapsilog, Kyoto Palace and others.
All will prepare food to pair with wines from 22 Santa Clara Valley wineries.
The wine and food tasting runs from 1 to 4 p.m.; tickets are $50 in advance and, if available, $55 at the door. Morning sessions on the Santa Clara Valley's wine grape-growing history and terroir are limited to 50 VIP attendees; those tickets are $75.
Details: Campbell Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Ave. www.santaclarawines.com.
Top chowders at Monterey Wine Festival
Chef Willi Franz and his Monterey Marriott restaurant team won the coveted Best of Show and Best Clam Chowder awards in the Monterey Wine Festival's annual chowder cookoff.
Cilantro and a drizzle of Cholula hot sauce gave their chowder a Mexican flair; a fried clam garnish added interest.
Other top winners were Louie Linguini's on Cannery Row for Best Seafood Chowder and Sysco of San Francisco for Most Creative Chowder.
LouLou's Griddle in the Middle, located on Monterey's wharf, scored the People's Choice award.
Doing some cool molecular tricks was chef Jeremy Tummel of Stillwater Bar & Grill at Pebble Beach. He created a whipped, chilled clam chowder that was piped into a shell and topped with geoduck sashimi.
Perhaps a new category for Most Refreshing Chowder?
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