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FOOD + DRINK
Gordon’s Fine Wines & Liquors Holds SomSmack Event

On October 21st, 2010 at Gordon’s Fine Wine and Culinary Center will invite Celcilia Rait, Co-Proprietress and Wine Director of Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro and Todd Lipman, Sommelier at Bin 26, and challenge them to wine face off. Chef Paul Turano of Tryst Restaurant will prepare a surprise dish and each sommelier will have four minutes to find a wine that pairs with the dish.

The face-off will go through 4 courses and 8 wines (each course will have 2 wines) with the audience’s taste buds as judge. At the end of the night the guests will evaluate who is the champion of food and wine pairing.

TIMES SQUARE
The Lyrics To Auld Lang Syne

The crowd’s thunderous voices count down to midnight, everyone kisses, raises a glass and the singing starts. The lyrics and voices always start out strong for the first two lines but than the voices fade out as people become lost. Does anyone really now the rest of the lyrics for Auld Land Syne?

Blame it on to many cocktails before midnight or bad memory but the singing at the party is never like the movies. To fix the confusion, here are the lyrics. Good luck remembering them.

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?

HALLOWEEN PARADE
New Jersey Zombie Walk

Saturday, October 30 from 11am-11:55pm thousands of Zombies will fill the streets of Asbury Park to shock the living. Hit the ‘ZombieCon’ early for artwork, clothing and merchandise from 35 different vendors. Get the Zombie look from professional makeup artists from 11am- 3pm.

During the walk remain in character. That would mean grunting, groaning, moaning, lurching, and dragging. This Zombie walk is free. Asbury Park could use all the bodies they can get if they are even going to attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records set by Seattle, WA. Can Asbury Park beat 4,200 Zombies? Maybe with your help.

Zombie Walk
1300 Ocean Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

ENTERTAINING ISH
Cider Glazed Roasted Root Vegetable Stew

LA may have warmer weather but doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a bowl of soup. According to About.com, this is a hearty stew with roasted vegetables that’s low on fat but high in nutrition.


Ingredients:

1 Cup Yukon Potatoes, peeled and diced into ½ inch cubes
1 Cup Parsnips, peeled and sliced ½ inch thick
1 Cup Carrots, peeled and sliced ½ inch thick
1 Large Leek, cleaned thoroughly and sliced thinly into half-moons
1 Cup Sweet Potatoes, peeled and diced into ½ inch cubes
1 Cup Rutabagas, peeled and diced into ½ inch cubes
1 Head of Garlic
1 Cup Apple Cider
3 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
2 Tablespoons Butter, unsalted
4 Cups Vegetable or Chicken Stock, or Water
2 Bay Leaves
1 Tablespoon Fresh Chopped Thyme
1 Tablespoon Fresh Chopped Sage
Salt and Pepper, to taste

ENTERTAINING ISH
Gingered Pumpkin Soup with Gruyere Cheese

The cold weather is starting to set in. What better to warm those chilled bones but with some soup. About.com has found this Gingered Pumpkin Soup with Gruyere Cheese soup. It is a little sweet and a little spicy, just like you.

Ingredients:

1 ½ - 2 Pound Fresh Pumpkin, seed and skin removed, diced
½ Pound Yukon Potatoes, peeled and diced
2 Tablespoons of Fresh Ginger, minced
½ Sweet Yellow Onion, sliced thin
4 Cups Vegetable Stock or Water
¼ Cup Orange Juice
½ Cup Cream Sherry
1 Cup Heavy Cream
2 Tablespoons Butter, unsalted
4 Ounces Gruyere Cheese, grated, for garnish

RESTAURANT 101
California White Wines

There are many areas around the world that produce wine. One such region is California with a production one third larger than that of Australia. As everyone on the west coast knows two of the popular areas are Sonoma and Napa Valley. But love for California wine (red and white) stretches around the world. I well focus on the different varieties of white wine, which are produced in the California region.

Chardonnay

Mainly the most popular wine produced in California is Chardonnay. The taste can range from dry and bold to light and fruity, depending on the vineyard that produces the wine. Chardonnay can be paired with many different types of entrees. It goes best with poultry, fish, and certain pasta dishes. Stick with heavy cream or butter based recipes.

RESTAURANT 101
California White Wines

There are many areas around the world that produce wine. One such region is California with a production one third larger than that of Australia. As everyone on the west coast knows two of the popular areas are Sonoma and Napa Valley. But love for California wine (red and white) stretches around the world. I well focus on the different varieties of white wine, which are produced in the California region.

Chardonnay

Mainly the most popular wine produced in California is Chardonnay. The taste can range from dry and bold to light and fruity, depending on the vineyard that produces the wine. Chardonnay can be paired with many different types of entrees. It goes best with poultry, fish, and certain pasta dishes. Stick with heavy cream or butter based recipes.

RESTAURANT 101
California White Wines

There are many areas around the world that produce wine. One such region is California with a production one third larger than that of Australia. As everyone on the west coast knows two of the popular areas are Sonoma and Napa Valley. But love for California wine (red and white) stretches around the world. I well focus on the different varieties of white wine, which are produced in the California region.


Chardonnay

Mainly the most popular wine produced in California is Chardonnay. The taste can range from dry and bold to light and fruity, depending on the vineyard that produces the wine. Chardonnay can be paired with many different types of entrees. It goes best with poultry, fish, and certain pasta dishes. Stick with heavy cream or butter based recipes.

RESTAURANT 101
Honey-Caramel Apple Dip

Yes, you can go to the store and pick up individual packs of caramel sauce but where is the fun in that? It’s easy to make your own and Boston.com has told us how. If you are accident prone then ask a friend to help since caramel will get extremely hot.

What You Need:

Candy thermometer
Large saucepan
Small saucepan
1 ½ cups plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup honey
6 apples, cored and cut into wedges