By Jessica Yadegaran
Friday, March 12th, 2010 at 12:15 pm in Corkheads.
It’s not too late to purchase tickets to what I imagine will be a very cool inaugural event. Tomorrow night, March 13, 22 Lodi appellation wineries will pair their wines with dishes created by students from the Art Institute of California at Sacramento.
The event, dubbed Pairing Perfection: Culinary Art Meets Lodi Winemakers, takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. at Wine & Roses Hotel in Lodi. I’ll be there as a judge as will Rick Kushman, Sacramento Bee columnist and author of “A Movable Thirst: Tales and Tastes from a Season in Napa Wine Country.”
The concept is great. If you’ve been to Livermore’s annual Taste of Terroir, it’s similar except there’s an educational component here because the dishes will be created by students. Trust me – these kids can cook. Like Taste of Terroir, general audience members also get to vote on a People’s Choice Award. Judging will be based on presentation, pairing creativity and quality.
Tickets are $60 and get you samples of all 22 culinary creations and wines in addition to a recipe book and glass. Purchase your tickets by visiting the Lodi-Woodbridge Wine Grape Commission or call 209-365-0621.