|Iron Vintner Challenge returns to Willows Lodge|
|Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff|
Willows Lodge has announced the second annual Iron Vintner Challenge, a month-long culinary competition this June 2011 in which local winemakers battle for the title of Iron Vintner.
This year’s competition will feature Woodinville winemakers from DeLille Cellars, Gorman Winery (Chris Gorman), JM Cellars (John Bigelow) and Sparkman Cellars (Chris Sparkman). The winemakers will offer a one-of-a-kind food and wine experience and attendees will be in the middle of the action watching as participating winemakers strategize, cook and compete against their rivals.
Back by popular demand, this year’s competition will be led by Executive Chef Bobby Moore of Barking Frog.
During each competition, attendees will be in the middle of the action watching as participating winemakers strategize, cook and compete against their rivals.The competition begins as each winemaker and their partner are given a box of products selected by Chef Moore from which to create an appetizer and an entrée in 60 minutes. A panel of celebrity foodie judges will sample the competitors’ dishes and select a winner each week based on presentation, flavor and creativity.
Chef Moore will prepare a four-course dinner featuring wine pairings by the winner and the other participating winemakers.
The Iron Vintner Challenge cooking competitions will occur on three consecutive Wednesdays in June from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The challenge will conclude on Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. with a championship winemaker dinner at Barking Frog to benefit Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center. Chef Moore will prepare a four course dinner featuring wine pairings by the winner and the other participating winemakers.
Each of the cooking competitions in the Iron Vintner Challenge are $35 per person and include tastes from each winery competing that night. To attend the final championship winemaker dinner, it is $135 per person. Willows Lodge will extend a special 15 percent discount on the best available room rate for Iron Vintner Challenge attendees to stay overnight on the Wednesday evening of the competitions. Visit www.willowslodge.com for information and ticket details.