Lance Kinney’s “Unite for Sight” Benefit

August 12, 2014 by Hannah No Comment

Local photographer and international philanthropist, Lance Kinney dedicates his work and his time to a benevolent cause—to those in need of proper eye care. Kinney works with ICareInternational, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those in need of eye care and supplying them with the proper resources. ICareInternational makes missions every year to rural countries ...

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Avila Beach’s True Farm-to-table Dinner

August 6, 2014 by Hannah No Comment

As October slowly approaches, the fall leaves and crisp autumn air can mean only one thing: apples. Everything Apple, to be more specific—as the Avila Apple Festival, held on October 4th and 5th, offers up two nights of Apple-filled delight. The first night of the festival commences with the Farm-to-table dinner, an apple-inspired feast held ...

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Discovering Vittoria Frappato DOC Vendemmia 2012

July 6, 2014 by Georgina No Comment

Being seduced by A Sicilian… Recently, I have been having this great adventure exploring Sicilian wines - again, I must emphasize. As a child, I grew up drinking only Italian wines. If you are Italian, this is not uncommon to have a small glass of wine poured for you at lunch or dinner. My family drank predominantly northern varietals because my maternal grandfather was a winemaker from that region. My father, on he other hand, was a Sicilian, and made no excuses for it. When I was with him, we ate and drank, the foods and wines from or most similar, to his region. As one of my Sicilian friends says about his countrymen, unapologetically “we are different.” D’accordo, amico mio. You are very much so a breed of your own.

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Best Wine Bars In Las Vegas

June 18, 2014 by Georgina No Comment

And if there is one thing I've learned in life, it is to defer to the experts, therefore, when in Las Vegas, for the best in food and wine, make sure to check with the Cuisinest, Elaine and Scott Harris!

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Chef Celestino Drago becomes “Cavaliere Celestino”

Chef Celestino Drago becomes “Cavaliere Celestino” an honor bestowed for his contributions to Italian culture.  Read the entire article on the L.A. Times by S. Irene Virbilia at .

Humbled by the Noblest of Wines: 2009 Pinot Noir Edna Valley

After a Saturday of enjoying the much-coveted Sea Smoke Pinot Noir “allocation” left in the cabin of my friend, he offered me a consolation — a glass of 2009 Kynsi Pinot Noir Edna Valley. To say I was humbled is not enough. No, I was as smitten at my first taste by this Kynsi and ...

Westside Tavern Wine Event June 11 2014

June 6, 2014 by Georgina No Comment

Another beautiful Wine Noir Dinner will be held in Los Angeles at Westside Tavern. This Chef’s Table Event welcomes Visions Cellars and will be hosted By Winemaker Mac McDonald. The inspired four-fourse wine dinner, on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 7:00 p.m. will include:

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Avocado Cocktail

The Avocado Cocktail is a fresh take on modern mixology inspired by spring produce by Colin Tharp. With spring in full swing and beach weather well under way here on the Central Coast we find ourselves inundated not only with fresh, local produce but more than enough excuses to turn those treasures into cocktails and raise a toast to the season. Here at Lido our culinary offerings regularly change to celebrate these seasons, centered around the bounty of new ingredients that each brings with it, and our cocktails are no exception to this annual cycle with each new harvest bringing our mixologists another opportunity to do a little “R&D”.

Carlson & Curtis Wines at Central Coast Wines Downtown SLO

May 28, 2014 by Georgina No Comment

On Thursday, May 29th from 6 to 9 pm at the Central Coast Wines in Downtown San Luis Obispo, meet legendary Central Coast Winemaker Chuck Carlson who will be pouring Curtis Winery and Carlson Wines. Central Coast Wines is located at 712 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, California 93401; 805 784 9463.

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Wine Festival at LA Mission College Springfest

Los Angeles Mission College Foundation
will hold its 12th Annual Springfest Cuisines Around the World, a Food & Wine Festival Fundraiser, this Saturday, May 31 2014, from 2pm-6pm at their Culinary Arts Building. Led by Chef Jesse Sanchez, Culinary Instructor and Certified Executive Chef, the award winning Culinary Arts Institute will prepare internationally inspired dishes, and a decadent Pastry Pavilion filled with sumptuous confections.

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