By Kori ~ May 30th, 2010.
The 2010 Iron Vintner Challenge, hosted by Willows Lodge in Woodinville, Washington, features cooking competitions that occur on three consecutive Wednesdays in June at Fireside Cellars, followed by a Championship Winemaker Dinner at Barking Frog to benefit Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center. Participating local Woodinville winemakers include: Mark McNeilly of Mark Ryan Winery, Brennon Leighton of EFESTE, Darby English of Darby Winery, and Tim Stevens of Stevens Winery.
Each winemaker and their partner will be given a box of products selected by Barking Frogâ€™s Executive Chef Bobby Moore from which to create an appetizer and an entrÃ©e in 60 minutes. A panel of judges will sample the competitorsâ€™ dishes and select a winner each week based on presentation, flavor, and creativity.
Select Wednesdays throughout June:
June 2, 5:30â€“7pm
- Preliminary Round 1: Mark McNeilly of Mark Ryan Winery vs. Brennon Leighton of EFESTE
June 9, 5:30â€“7pm
- Preliminary Round 2: Tim Stevens of Stevens Winery vs. Darby English of Darby Winery
June 16, 5:30â€“7pm
- Championship: Winner of Round 1 vs. Winner of Round 2
June 23, 7pm
- Championship Dinner at Barking Frog: All participating winemakers attend
Each of the cooking competitions in the Iron Vintner Challenge are $25 per person and include one glass of â€œsommelierâ€™s choiceâ€ wine. To attend the final Championship Winemaker Dinner, it is $135 per person. For additional information or to make a reservation, visit the Willows Lodge website.
I hope to see you there. I will be serving as a â€œCelebrity Tweeterâ€ for the Preliminary Rounds on June 2nd and June 9th. If you are unable to attend, be sure to follow my tweets @winepeeps.
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