Holiday Revelry #2 – The Hearnses and TFE

December 16, 2008 at 1:24 pm (Good Times, Napa Valley) (, , )

It was another weekend filled with activity.  Erin even flew up from LA to join in the festivities…I am still recovering.

It started on Wednesday with Tough Enough to Wear Pink night at the National Finals Rodeo.  A group of us got together at Ana’s to root on all the cowboys who wore pink to raise awareness about breast cancer.

Thursday cocktails and steak tartare at Press (a holiday indulgence).  And then a stop on the way home to Martini House…part of the St. Helena Pub Crawl!

And then Friday – the 3rd Annual Hearn Cocktail Party (And yes, I have attended all three!).  I love this party because after some drinks are downed, the costume box comes out.  And boy do I love to play dress-up!  My favorite things in the costume box this year:  1.  feathery angel wings  2.  blue Brit Spears wig  3.  the fur stole.  But, I do have to say the all-star costume box insider is the “mustaches”.  This year we even discovered they double as uni-brows (as sported by Helen Jane and Erin Sullivan).  This year’s theme was “Natty” hats…and there were some pretty good ones!

Saturday was the Trinchero Family Estates (TFE) Christmas party.  The theme was Bond (as in James Bond), so Tony took me, Erin, and Britt as his dates.  He wore a white dress jacket…we wore the fancy dresses.  I even had my hair done – part Marie Antoinette, part Amy Winehouse…either way it looked fabulous!

Me and Mavalicious

Me and Mavalicious

I am laying low this week.  Lots of veggies, water and gym-time!

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Holiday Revelry Begins with Flappers and Tractors

December 8, 2008 at 10:21 am (Good Times, Napa Valley) (, )

It was a fabulous weekend! 

Friday night I went to my friends Tiffany and Natalie’s house for a “Repeal of Prohibition” Party.  Yes, that’s right, lucky for us that silly legislative move called Prohibition was officially ended 75 years ago.  Because of this repeal I have a job, many late nights with friends, and lots of laughs.  I can’t even imagine life without bubbles and Coors Lights for Bocce.

Because it was a theme party I just HAD to dress up.  So I threw together the most “flappery” outfit that I could find in my closet.  Black dress with sequins, a sparkly headband, fishnets, and silver shoes……  all Glitz and Glam!  There was even black glittery eyeshadow and fake eyelashes involved.  The girls went all out and served Bellinis, Bathtub Gin, and lots and lots of wine.  All in all, it was a super fun evening.

The next night was a Napa Valley treat…the 13th Annual Calistoga Tractor Parade!  Yes, you read that correctly, a parade with tractors decorated for the Holidays.  I love stuff like this!  After the parade there was a quick stop at Suzie’s bar (or as Malcom says – Ana’s North).  There were cocktails…there was people watching…there was Blake dancing on a pole.

A great kick-off to the Holiday party season!

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Party at the Castle

November 11, 2008 at 9:02 am (Good Times, Napa Valley) (, )

Here in the Napa Valley, you don’t have to be a Princess to party at a castle.  You just got to have a fab friend like Tony T. get you on “the list”.

The Event:  Napa Valley Red Cross Fundraiser

The Location:  Castello di Amorosa (between St. Helena and Calistoga).  The Magic Kingdom meets Tuscany.

The Crew/Culprits:  Joanie Loves Bocce team (minus a few players)

The Results:  It never felt better helping raise money for a good cause.  Good friends, food, and wine all in one Friday night.

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Pigalicious

November 3, 2008 at 5:08 pm (Good Times, Napa Valley) (, , )

After sequestering myself inside for the rainstorm on Saturday, 4 Little PiggiesSunday left me a little stir crazy.  Must leave house, must be social.  So last night I attended the Amuse Cochon event at Silverado Vineyards. 

The theme: “Five Chefs, Five Pigs, Five Winemakers.” – A tribute to heritage and heirloom breeds, the chefs that turn them into delicious treats, and the winemakers who create great wines to wash it all down with.

The “Skinny”:  Each chef prepares a heritage breed hog from head to toe.  Each 70# pig could be pre-cooked, braised, grilled, pressed, pickled, rubbed, smoked, seared, sauced, spiced, injected, marinated, cured in any way, or otherwise prepared.  Guests and professional judges determine the winner based on creativity, classic preparation, and best overall flavor.  The winner was crowned  the “Prince of Porc.” 

The Chefs:
Chris Consentino, Incanto – San Francisco
Allan Benton, Benton Smoky Mountain Country Hams –
Peter Pahk, Silverado Resort – Napa
Taylor Boetticher, Fatted Calf Charcuterie – Napa
Ryan Farr, Orsen – San Francisco

Wineries:  Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyard, Hill Family Estate, Saddleback Cellars, Palmaz Vineyards, and Thomas Michael Cellars

The 5 Piggy Breeds:  Gloustershire Old Spot, Tamworth, Yorkshire Berkshire, Duroc and Magnalitsa

Scrambled Eggs and HamMy favorite piggy bite was by Allan Benton.  It was a buttermilk biscuit topped with fresh ham and smothered with jalapeno jelly…OMFG it was sooooo good!  My second favorite piggy bite was from Peter Pahk with Scrambled Eggs and Ham – yes just that simple, some scrambled eggs and deliciously fried pork belly.  A breakfast dish for champions!  But, really there were so many fabulous things to try – some that I didn’t even want to know what part of the pig they came from. 

All the chefs prepared winning dishes in my book, but with any competition a winner needed to be declared.  So here they are:
Creativity:  Ryan Farr
Classic Preparation:  Allan Benton
Best Overall:  Chris Cosentino

So much pork, so little time!

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