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Sunday, June 23, 2019
House Family Vineyards brings to you a mini version of the TV show: "CHOPPED."
This is your chance to get a taste of a food competition (pun intended!), while tasting the House "Cellar Wine Flight."
No cooking talent needed: there will be fun for all no matter if you're a beginner, or savvy with food and cooking.
Participants will be divided into 4 teams of 4 people, with a total of 16 people.
This 30-minute challenge is for your team to create 20 identical-looking appetizer bites using the ingredients and gadgets that are in your basket, while tasting House Family wines. The mystery food items are guaranteed to work together - so it's up to your team to make it presentable, unique.
No cooking needed: all cooked items will be purchased, and then served at room temp.
When the 30 minutes is up, all participants must step away from the table, and each team will describe their creation. We will all be judges, selecting 1 winner for each of 4 categories, and then we will mingle and enjoy the appetizers and wine.
Guest cooking instructor Joni Sare will facilitate the event, which she was done at schools, companies, gatherings, anniversary and birthday parties, for groups of 6 to 100 people.
Date: Thursday, June 20
Time: 6-8 pm
Fee: $130 for 2 people, includes the "Cellar" wine flight.
House Family Vineyards
13336 Old Oak Way
Saratoga, CA 95070
About the chef instructor:
Joni is a "personal trainer for your kitchen." Her focus is helping you find and build your gustatory sense and culinary muscles. Mostly a self-taught cook, she is also a graduate of the esteemed Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts. And has learned from locals in Marrakesh, several regions of Italy, and in the Bay Area. In 2012, she co-authored the Bulletproof cookbook: "The Upgraded Chef," with founder, Dave Asprey. She is an award-winning "personal chef," honored in 2016 by ModernLuxury.com. She now focuses on teaching skill-building classes for individuals and hosting cooking parties --at her home, or yours, and other venues such as House Family Vineyards.
• Those who sign up will be required to sign a waiver form, and a photo release form (stating your consent for photos, videos and voice recording of you to be used in print and on social media).
• Parking: on Thursdays, the tasting room is open from 12-5pm, so you can arrive at any time that afternoon to enjoy being up as long as you can.
• Dinner: Our event includes appetizer bites, so it's best to bring a dinner picnic with you. At this time, I don't know if they will be offering food off their menu. I'll update this when I receive their info.
• If this is your first visit to House Family Vineyards, then you are in for a fantastic treat --of an upscale, classy establishment and an amazing view of Silicon Valley.
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Personal Trainer for Your Kitchen
As a "personal trainer for your kitchen," I focus on: the marriage of science and art; cooking methods and the presentation; techniques and improvisation; efficiency and flare. I will teach you life skills-- from knife skills to flavor building. In 2008, I gave up my newsroom career at a local newspaper and since then have been cooking professionally and teaching others. I've been in the health field for decades starting with my forays into achieving wellness for myself through food, in 1988. That journey led me to the esteemed Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts, where I graduated in 2006 and 2007, as a Nutrition Educator and Natural Chef, respectively.
During the past decade, I did a deep dive into the art, science and sustainability of food and cooking.
Please, join me on my journey.