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Judge with me at Taste of Terroir

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 at 12:23 pm in Uncategorized.

This Thursday, July 24 is my favorite night of the year in Livermore. It’s the annual Taste of Terroir, the Valley’s ultimate evening of food and wine. I’m still day dreaming about that 2005 Mitchell Katz Syrah with Wild Boar Sliders on Sweet Potato Brioche with Syrah-Sour Cherry Ketchup.

Good thing I’m judging this year.

At Taste of Terroir, sixteen local chefs and winemakers team up to create what I’ve found to be some of the most consistently innovative yet approachable pairings of the year. You can cast your vote too for the People’s Choice Award then come visit with me wherever they hide the judges so we can compare notes. We’ll be presenting awards for Most Innovative Pairing, Judges’ Best, and Best Use of Local Ingredients.

The awards will be announced at 8:15 p.m. and the event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. at The Palm Event Center, 1184 Vineyard Avenue, Pleasanton. Cost is $75 a person and it’s nearly sold out, so get your tickets here and see a list of participating wineries and restaurants here.

By the way, if you have a sweet tooth, I guarantee the dessert selection alone will rock your world. I recall a grand dessert room cloaked in red velvet and filled with chocolate dipped strawberries, cookies, truffles and brownies as far as the eye can see. Women were wrapping things in napkins and stuffing them in their purses. When those maxed out, they used their husbands’ pockets. Too bad my boyfriend will be out of town. See you there!

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  • Kathy

    Will you follow up on this event with this year’s winners and your thoughts on the event? Thanks.