I know it’s been two weeks since the Fine Art Fair & Winefest downtown, but I have some more pictures to share. Better later than never!
Held in conjunction with the 32nd Annual Art Fair & Winefest were the 2nd Annual MO Wine MO Food wine and food pairing sessions. This year there were four different pairings, each featuring a local restaurant and Missouri winery:
Saturday, 12:30 – 1:30pm: Robller Winery with Joe’s Bakery & Delicatessen
Saturday, 3 – 4 pm: Stone Hill Winery with Big Boys Subs and Wings
Sunday, 12:30 – 1:30 pm: Blumenhof Winery with Old Vine Riverfront Bistro
Sunday, 3 – 4pm: Noboleis Winery with Blue Duck Café and Bakery
Admission to the food and wine pairing is $25, and the ticket also includes a complimentary wine glass and 10% off coupon for wine. What a better deal than that? We went to the last food & wine pairing, Noboleis Winery with Blue Duck Café and Bakery, and this is what we experienced:
The food & wine pairings were held in a special section under the Farmers’ Market, shady and beautifully decorated.
Everyone was looking forward to the special four-course meal from Blue Duck Cafe & Bakery paired with selected wines from Noboleis Winery.
The food looked delicious…
I really liked the souvenir glasses…
We even has fresh flowers on the table…
The menu looked rather tempting…
We got to learn more about Noboleis wines from one of their wine makers. Cool your wine in the fridge, not freezer, please.
The first wine of the tasting. The beautiful Becky, from Obermark Optometry pours wine to the sweet Blanche from The Honeycomb.
Chris from Blue Duck was telling us more about the food we were about to sample.
Tarragon Blini with Crab Salad and Shrimp Gelee – I bet you don’t make this every day! It was absolutely delicious, as anything else from Blue Duck.
Wine #2: Steepleview. I am not a fan of red wine, but this one was really delicious. (as well as the others that followed).
Steepleview was paired with grilled romaine salad, cherry bacon, blue cheese and mustard vinaigrette, all hand crafted by Blue Duck Cafe and Bakery.
Seconds were not only allowed, but welcome…
Course #3: Duck with Norton reduction, whipped potatoes, and roasted shallots, paired with Reserve Norton. Only one word: DELICIOUS.
We ended up getting a bottle of the Reserve Norton. And I didn’t like red wine until that one…
A meal is not complete without dessert. And Karmen at Blue Duck is a master when it comes to sweet delights. Ancho Dark Chocolate Cheesecake. Yum, yum, yum!
Paired with the sweet Broken Fence Red Wine from Noboleis, the dessert was to die for.
While we were indulging in delicious wine and food, we had music too. If you missed the Food & Wine Pairing this year, make sure you get your tickets early in 2014. It’s well worth the $25. And you get to sample delicious wine, food and make new friends. That’s what life is all about.
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