Stand Up Leadership Coach, Lori Ketkar, and Chef David Linville at The Grand Wine & Food Affair
April 29, 2009
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Chef David Linville is back at The Shore after participating in the Grand Food & Wine Affair in Sugarland, TX this past weekend. He will be preparing lots of great appetizers that night too.
I believe tonight he's preparing food for a special surf event with lots of celebrities and notable surfers if rumor holds true.
Chef Dave & I enjoyed being part of the Grand Food & Wine Affair because each foodie event we've participated in is completely different. This is his third foodie event he's participated! First was LA Magazine's Food Event, next was the Scottsdale Culinary Festival and now this one.
The LA Magazine Food Event was very elegant and sophisticated on a winery in the heart of Malibu, whereas the 31st Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival was definitely a sexy party atmosphere. The Grand Food & Wine Affair seemed focused on the chef's and the food they were serving as evidenced by the very elaborate presentations of both food and table by everyone involved.
All events were a blast! I've decided I will die a happy woman if I marry a rich man to travel the world experiencing all the wonderful Food & Wine Events available. LOL
The more wine & food events I attend, the more wines I'm experiencing I like too.Fancy that.
I loved all the little Mai Tai's, Peach Martini's, Mojito shooters, Mimosa's and other beverages served at the Grand Tasting on Friday night and Bistro Brunch on Sunday in Sugarland, TX.
Fortunately I know my limits, but there were definitely some people at the festivals who didn't!:) Guess that's par for the course at these type functions though right? Enough of that though, let's talk food!
I'll be focusing on the Grand Food & Wine Affair since it's so recent and because Chef David Linville's CA Style Gazpacho with roasted Bell Peppers topped with a mix of avocados, bay shrimp and cilantro was such a huge hit.
We had numerous people come back to us to say his food was their favorite, people were sent over by friends to try his gazpacho because they were raving about it, and even other chefs had to taste his food which is a HUGE compliment in the food world.
I have his permission to print his recipe in case you'd like to try making it at home. The secret is in roasting the bell peppers. For all the foodies in the house, enjoy!
Chef David Linville’s CA Style Gazpacho Recipe
6 ripe Roma tomatoes, chopped in half
1 large red onion, quartered
1 red bell pepper, split in half and seeded
1 green bell pepper, split in half and seeded
1 yellow bell pepper, split in half and seeded
3 stalks celery 2 clove garlic, minced
Toss all above ingredients with extra virgin olive oil, light salt and fresh ground pepper. Place on sheet pan. Roast in oven 450 degrees for eight to ten minutes to help concentrate and enhance natural flavors.
Remove from oven and place in refrigerator to cool for one hour.
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 Tbsp olive oil
Juice of one fresh squeezed lemon
Tabasco sauce to taste (okay to substitute 1 jalapeño pepper instead).
6 more ripe Roma tomatoes
1 cucumber, seeded and chopped
Blend all ingredients with roasted vegetables on low to desired consistency. Salt and pepper to taste (preferably sea salt and fresh ground white pepper). Garnish with fresh basil and parsley. Top with fresh diced avocado.
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp basil
1 avocado, diced
Chef Dave recommends serving this refreshing summer dish with grilled shrimp, grilled French bread and CA white wine.
Now, here's some pix to whet your appetite and encourage you to visit the Grand Food & Wine Affair next year or drop into the Shore Restaurant and Lounge to experience some of Chef David Linville's cooking.
He & I are working on a cookbook together which I am sure many people, guys especially will enjoy. Stay tuned! Now enjoy this picture essay.
Our first night there Minutemaid threw a big promotion and flooded the city of Sugarland's plaza with orange lights and passed out drinks. This is the view from my hotel window. It's a little blurry, but catch the Minutemaid logos.
Welcome to Texas!
This is the artwork that was for sale throughout the weekend and the image for this year's event.
Since Chef David is a huge cheese afficiando I'm sure he loved this display. We were rather busy serving though and I'm not sure he made it over to try any. This is before the huge crowd hit. Isn't it so pretty?
Next time I'll be more diligent in getting all the Chef's names, but we were so busy I was just dashing around shooting pix as quickly as possible to get back and help serve.:)
Here's a link to the list of participating chefs in case you're curious: http://www.thegrandwineandfoodaffair.com/chefs.php
This is for all the sushi lovers. Doesn't it look delightful? I'm not that into sushi, but this was definitely popular that night.
They were serving duck in those little cones. Sorry I didn't catch the official description, I was in a rush! Just know it was delectable.
This was our neighboring Chef''s table, Brian O'Hea , Academe | Maine Brasserie and Tavern. They served the best desserts and seafood dishes this evening and then again during the Sip & Stroll on Saturday. Here's a close-up of their shrimp sandwich from Saturday. DELICIOUS!
I couldn't get close enough to get any food this table was so popular. They were also serving mojito shooters which probably didn't hurt either. LOL
I heard their food was delicious though. Anyone recognize the restaurant and care to leave a comment?
Everyone was given these cute little plates that held your wine glass which made for easy transporting. I brought a few home to give to friends which they enjoyed receiving.
Here's Chef David Linville and his table where he served his special CA Style Gazpacho. He's worked for the Ritz Carlton and knew exactly how he wanted everything to look, simple and elegant.
What we found is it's really more about the food anyway. Right Chef? Right.
All my previous catering experience came in handy because we were so busy I had to jump in and help prepare the food while Chef schmoozed the guests.
Dione, a local Texan friend of Dave's, also came out to help which was great. I don't think we could have handled everything without her!
This cute couple were a lot of fun. They own a hot sauce company called Big Daddy's Ass Burn
and were part of the Sip & Stroll and Bistro Brunch.
Here's some highlights of their booth on both days:
I bought some hot sauce for my mom because she loves it. The hotter, the better. Here's some pix from Sunday's Bistro Brunch where they served very spicy Bloody Mary's.
I liked their joie de vivre and wish them much success in getting into stores. Until then, why don't you buy some hot sauce from their website and try it yourself? http://www.bigdaddysassburn.com/
Ok, back to the Grand Tasting with Chef Dave Linville. He was quite the hit with the ladies. The woman to his left in the picture below, Tiffany, was there to promote an Italian cookbook and speciality olive oil. Isn't she the cutest?
Here's some pix from her booth the next day during the amazing Sip & Stroll. Apparently over 4,000 people attended that event alone! I'll tell more later. I'm telling you, Texans are the friendliest people on earth!
This cute Chef, Trevor White of Oceanaire Seafood Room, travels to Alaska to participate in numerous Food & Wine Festivals up there. I wish Chef Dave would go there, but he doesn't like the cold. I keep trying to tell him Alaska summers are warm, but all he thinks about is the ice.
Guess I'll have to find another Chef to travel back to Alaska with! I used to work for Alaska Airlines and love it up there. Plus the male to female ratio aint too shabby either. lol
I thought this couple was just too adorable. They were having a grand time!
Before the event began, all the Chefs were called out to the Sugarland City Plaza for a group shot. The festival organizers really treat their talent well I must say. This plaza had a fun event going every single night we were there too.
This is the amazing Organizer, Keri, Chef David Linville and me before it got all crazy.
The next day we were invited to just be guests at the wonderful Sienna Sip & Stroll event which we needed to shuttle over to. I thought it was funny to see Cougars are popular in TX too.
We didn't take this bus. I had to laugh at this poor woman (not in her face, but you know....)
These people became my friends and served the most amazing BBQ - check out www.burtonsbbq.com
Now, because I have two events I want to attend tonight and must hurry, here's pix from the Sip & Stroll event which was most delightful. Three to four huge tents filled to the brim with vendors, wineries, restaurants, cigars, all types of alcohol and great jazz music playing.
I must say, the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce is extremely savvy because they showcased a local development called Sienna Plantation at the same time, thus killing two birds with one stone.
Wouldn't you want to live in an area that hosts amazing events like these? I would if I lived there. It's so pretty too. According to their website, Houston is the Number One Housing Market. Boy Howdy!
Enjoy the pix!
As you can see, this was really lovely. Even in spite of the sudden thunderstorm! It actually felt good walking around in the rain because it was so hot and humid.
I found this festival through USA Today and am so happy Chef David Linville was able to participate. I will upload another blog on Sunday's Bistro Brunch tomorrow. It is another amazing event and needs its' own page.:)
Hope you've enjoyed this pictorial visit to the Grand Food & Wine Affair's Grand Tasting and Sip & Stroll. Don't forget to buy your ticket to Stand Up Leadership's May 21 event here: http://www.leaderyou.com/leading-you-event/
Have a great evening! I plan to!