When two of the greatest forces come together, magic happens. What are those two forces you ask? Food and wine of course! That’s why we have partnered up with Certified Nutritional Practitioner and Culinary Expert, Shauna Mann to provide the ultimate experience; a wine event paired with a 4-course dinner… that you cook yourself!
I always enjoy explaining to guests the appropriate food pairing with wine to fully enhance their dining experience. Historically, in many cultures, wine has been a staple at the dinner table and was often more sanitary than the local water supply. There were generally no rules when it came to dining as local food was simply accompanied by local wine. More recently, food pairing with wine has been taken more seriously and become a universal trend.
I love connecting people through food and wine. The intimate bond that is formed through an experience is remarkable to witness. Firstly, because who doesn’t love a good meal alongside a bottle of wine. There is also a special appreciation shared between individuals when enjoying a good meal. Italy is the perfect example of how the intimate connection between food and wine is deeply embedded in the culture and there is rarely a meal without the accompaniment of wine.
We revelled in the accuracy of this theory last week during our featured cooking class and wine pairing event, Cook & Sip Your Way into Comfort. 13 strangers from around the GTA participated in an interactive, fun evening, which led to the beginning of friendships after only a 2-hour period.View our upcoming public events!
Everyone was divided up to prepare health-inspired and “comforting” recipes while Shauna led the group through hands-on learning demonstrations and chatted about body health and self-care. While guests waited for pots to boil and partners to finish chopping, each took turns smelling aroma vials while trying to guess the scents. Some of our guests had a GREAT sense of smell, and we had one prize bottle for the one with the best nose!
While guests were cooking, we kept everyone’s juices flowing (literally), and tasted the Adobe Sauvignon Blanc from Chile. A fully organic wine, this white wine is a must try! From one of my favourite producers, Emiliana, this refreshing and crisp Sauvignon Blanc has pronounced aromas of grapefruit, grass and gooseberry and is only $12.95!
It was exciting to see this colourful and healthy dinner come to life, especially when I knew what was next to come- the wine pairing!
Seated around a big table, guests dove into the meal while playing our fun fact cards and trivia. It was a wonderful group of people, all eager to learn, enthusiastic to participate and excited to socialize with one another.
Some of the favourite pairings of the evening are listed below, check them out!
At the end of the night, each guest was provided a special goody bag provided by our food sponsors. Most of the products guests received were used in the recipes! A special thanks to Beekeeper Naturals, Rawcology, Cha’s Organics and Philosophy Fitness.
It was a wonderful evening of new friends, new delicious recipes and of course, a great new wine selection! I can’t wait for our next upcoming cooking class and wine pairing event, hosted with Airbnb Experiences on Friday December 22nd, 2017- Please Join us!
“Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.”— Michael BroadbentClick here to find out more about our private cooking class & wine pairing events!
Cook & Sip Pairing Menu
Roasted Broccoli Soup
Wine Pairing: Dopff & Irion Crustaces
This Alsatian beauty was a great pairing for the vegetable soup. The body of the wine was perfect not to overpower the delicacy of leek that was used. The dill and herb aromas in the wine complemented the rosemary in the soup and the creaminess of both items complemented one another.
Coconut Curry Chickpea Stew
Wine Pairing: Two Oceans Pinot Grigio
This zesty and fruity Pinot Grigio was a perfect match when paired with a heartier dish like the coconut curry. The crisp and light mouthfeel characteristics of the white wine helped alleviate the bite in the dishes’ spice.
Crispy Miso Maple Brussel Sprouts
Wine Pairing: Piccini Chianti
I decided to take a risk and be more original by pairing this dish with red wine instead of white. The acidity and tart characteristics played an interesting and pleasant contrast to the alertness and sweetness of maple. The wine’s acidity lowered the sweetness and the salty components of the miso cut into the tarty red. It was a hit!
Photos by Michelle Gelman