The finale of a binge birthday Halloween celebration period started off with tasting oil and vinegar, followed by a Greenbush beer at The Buck, a White Pine pinot and other sensual experiences in and around State Street in St. Joe.
Shopping the Olive Cart: Maybe I was unconsciously avoiding the oil and vinegar emporiums because I knew I would not be able to taste without over-buying. I am unable to resist gourmet vinegars at the grocery store, how can I hold up in a boutique with vats and shelves of choices? I did not of course. And I’m not even a cook, though I bake once in a while these days now that I have grandsons. Time was running low, fortunately, because I only had time to taste a dozen oil and vinegar combinations and buy most of them. But in the aftermath of the pillaging, I had some insights. Remember how you are going use the oil and vinegar. Mostly I use aged balsamic and light oil on salads and my husband grills with olive oil and marinates things I don’t even know about. I’ve gotten to really enjoy grape seed oil especially when the produce is good and white truffle---although you can taste a range of mushroom oils at the Olive Cart---is my current favorite from that family of infusion. I am still not sold on fruit flavored oil or vinegar, but we may need to try some new-fangled dessert recipes to be sure. I do love cranberries though and I’m going to go out on a limb and say we will figure out something to do with the Cranberry Walnut Balsamic. (More on this Saturday outing in tomorrow’s blog.)
Remember to RSVP for Wine Tasting Tonight at Harbor Shores: Wine Tasting for (Sophisticated) Dummies begins at 6pm (ET) at The Grille at Harbor Shores at at 7, the dinner and sales begin. Wines for sale by bottle, 6-pack, and case include: Foley Pinot Noir, Medrano Malbec, Benziger Cabernet, Benziger Chardonnay, Pighin Pinot Grigio and Heritage Rose. Tickets are $35 and that covers three 3-oz wine tastes, snacks and a one hour educational wine program. RSVP as soon as possible to Bree at 269-277-5338.
My Rescue Exhibit this Weekend at Fritz Olsen Gallery: From the Shore Inbox a notice from My Rescue, a two-day exhibition in the Sawyer, Michigan gallery.
"My Rescue features the artwork of Martha Cares and is devoted to raising awareness about the importance of rescue. My Rescue Dogs and My Rescue Kitties in an array of vibrant colors and sophisticated tones and will be ready for "adoption" Martha's larger sculptures (created of high-quality welded steel) are suitable for outdoor placement. In addition, signed posters, prints and functional items such as boxed note cards and signature key rings featuring My Rescue Dogs and Kittens will be on exhibit. A portion of proceeds from this exhibit will be donated to benefit the Michiana Humane Society.
The public is invited to attend. Hours: Saturday, November 9, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (EST): Sunday, November 10, 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm (EST). The gallery is located at 6914 W. Holloway Drive in Sawyer. Please call 269 426-3003 for additional information."