Author Joe David and Cooking School Chef Jill Prescott
Join Together at the Annual Virginia Wine Showcase
WARRENTON, VA -- Mastering the correct cooking techniques is what makes good cooking possible. Author Joe David and Cooking School Chef Jill Prescott will join together at the annual Virginia Wine Showcase on Saturday February 6th and Sunday February 7th at the Dulles Expo and Convention Center to acquaint visitors with a few techniques for turning an ordinary meal into something extraordinary.
According to Gourmet Getaways author Joe David, “Noteworthy success in the kitchen is never achieved by adding a secret ingredient to a meal. It only occurs after years of studying and reproducing subtle and even mysterious flavors learned from time-honored cooking traditions passed on from generation to generation. To Chef Jill Prescott,” he adds significantly, “this means cooking the French way by learning essential techniques.”
David who is the author of Gourmet Getaways will provide some background to the lively informational cooking class, which Former PBS Chef Prescott will provide. Guests will have the opportunity to sample her rich and silky smooth mushroom soup made with a base of white button mushrooms, homemade chicken stock and organic cream garnished with sautéed shiitake mushrooms.
Fabbiolli Cellars, Leesburg, VA, will provide a suitable wine to pair with the soup. A small, family owned and operated vineyard and winery, the Fabbioli Cellars winemaker will discuss vineyards wines and what he thinks is an appropriate wine to go with the mushroom soup.
The Annual Virginia Wine Showcase (www.vawineshowcase.org) is affectionately dubbed “that lifestyle of the rich & famous expo” by guests who enjoy the artisan wine, fancy foods, fine arts and really big toys featured in the show. Sponsored by The Farm Wineries Council, the Showcase is one of five signature epicurean events each year that the council sponsors in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, featuring hard-to-find artisan wines, fancy foods, fine art, gourmet products, culinary seminars and other “finer things in life” products.
Former PBS Cooking Hostess Jill Prescott (the founder of Ecole de Cuisine, Asheville, NC) will introduce you to what she learned in Paris. Trained in France, once personal friend to Julia Child, Jill has learned from the best and honed her skills the old-fashion way, studying at three of France’s most prestigious schools (Ecole Lenôtre, Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne, and Ecole de Gastronomie Française Ritz Escoffier). The reward for her years of dedication has resulted in her mastering professional cooking techniques that she can easily translate to the home kitchen.www.jillprescott.com
Author and Gourmand Joe David (Warrenton, VA) who will introduce Ms. Prescott will be available to autograph his book Gourmet Getaways, a collection of cooking schools, chefs, and romantic U.S. getaways near your home. To write the book, the author spent over a year, traveling the U.S. interviewing chefs and acquainting himself with popular resorts and cooking schools. Some of America’s hottest chefs (and their recipes) are featured in the book, including John Ash, Joanne Weir, Jill Prescott, and Patrick O’Connell. Joe David is the author of five books and numerous magazine and newspaper articles.www.gourmetgetaways.us
Fabbioli Cellars is a small, family-owned and operated vineyard and winery that focuses on growing and making high-quality red wines using traditional methods and 21st century knowledge. The winery defines its business and its greater mission by remaining true to the three “E”s: environment (develop sustainable agriculture methods), education (on-going staff-training, wine-education programs), and economics (encouraging growth and prosperity in healthy balance with the immediate environment). www.fabbioliwines.com
Five Signature 2010 Epicurean Food and Wine Events
The Farm Wineries Council of Virginia hosts five signature epicurean events each year in the Washington DC metropolitan area to showcase Virginia's hard-to-find artisan wines, fancy foods, fine art, gourmet products, culinary seminars and other “finer things in life” products.
These upscale events are considered the premier "wine & finer things" expos in the Mid-Atlantic region, and they offer their huge following of visitors a much-talked-about secret pleasure - Virginia's award-winning, locally grown, hard-to-find artisan wine!
The Five Scheduled Events
February 6-7, 2010
Virginia Wine Showcase
(11:00 AM-6:00 PM)
Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Center, Chantilly, VA 20153
The Virginia Wine Showcase is the HOTTEST winter wine event on the east coast, featuring unlimited tastings of world-class wines from the boutique farm wineries of Virginia and beyond. This year's line-up of culinary seminars features Gourmet Getaways; Artisan Wines from all over the US; Virginia Versus the Rest of the World; an Olive Oil Tasting; Teaosophy Tea Tasting; Chocolate Pairing; Lobster Cracking Demo; Soup Demo; and more! Plus, there will be an ultimate collection of artisan wines, fancy foods, fine arts and culinary products, just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Spring is here, and Virginia’s two favorite pastimes are back – outdoor wine festivals and polo! Enjoy both in the gorgeous Virginia wine-country setting of Great Meadow, Virginia. The event will feature Virginia's award-winning farm wineries, gourmet cuisine prepared especially for pairing by the region's leading chefs, tastings of reserve artisan wines rarely enjoyed outside tasting rooms, the opening night events of the Great Meadows Twilight Polo, and more!
The Wine Festival at The Plains & 25th Annual Commonwealth Cup of Polo (USA vs Great Britain)
(11:00 AM-7:00 PM)
Great Meadow Equestrian Center
5089 Old Tavern Road
The Plains, VA 20198
2010 is a big silver anniversary for the 25th annual Commonwealth Cup of Polo - USA versus Great Britain, one of the most prestigious polo matches in the USA. It is going to be celebrated in a very big way with a special double-hitter event – The Commonwealth Cup and The Wine Festival at The Plains, the most prestigious wine event in the State of Virginia.
Visitors will taste Virginia wines the way they were meant to be tasted - in the gorgeous wine country setting of Great Meadow Virginia, just 50 miles west of Washington, DC. All this will be paired with gourmet cuisine, fine art, fancy foods and Polo, the sport of kings! It will be a weekend of Great Wine, Great Food, Great Art & Great Polo with Great Britain at Great Meadow in The Plains!
America's favorite original city is set to Swirl, Sip and Sizzle as Virginia’s award-winning winemakers converge on Old Town for a grand celebration of Virginia Wine Month. Visitors will educate their palate with tastings of Virginia's locally grown world-class wine, and enjoy fine arts, fancy foods and culinary seminars in grand tasting ballrooms at the Old Town Alexandria Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Holiday shopping has never been this much fun! For 2 days in December, Dulles Expo Center (just 28 miles west of Washington DC) will be transformed into the ultimate Holiday Wine & Finer Things Mall. Visitors will be able to taste over 300 award-winning, artisan wines and delectable gourmet foods while shopping for the perfect holiday gift for friends and family. To make shopping easy, some of the nation’s best collection of unique culinary gadgets and accessories will be or sale, such as one-of-a-kind fancy food products & fabulous fine art gifts for special friends on the Christmas gift list!