Memphis Food & Wine Festival
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he Memphis Food & Wine Festival was held at the Memphis Botanic Garden as part of the Live at the Garden series. The presenting sponsor was FedEx benefiting the FedExFamilyHouse, whose mission is to create a home away from home for families with children receiving treatment from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. The festival was designed to showcase great food and wine found locally here in Memphis, while also spotlighting nationally recognized chefs and wineries. Guests raised their glasses to the culinary arts and tasteful treats the night offered. Local chefs included Master Chef José Gutierrez, Chairman of River Oaks who served caramelized salmon with cauliflower risotto. Wally Joe and Andrew Adams of Acre and Park & Cherry served coconut-braised shrimp and shiitake mushroom dumplings with chilies and red curry broth. Erling Jensen offered duck confit with apple braised red cavvage. The Peabody Hotel Executive Chef Andrew Kisler, prepared truffle cured wagyu strip loin, Mississippi blueberry gastic, caraway gougeres, kohlrabi, with chayote and pear slaw while Peabody Pastry Chef Konrad Spitzbart, served campfire mud pie with smoked walnut brownie, salted milk chocolate cremeux, crème cheese fluff, and toasted marshmallow. Patrick Reilly of Majestic Grille offered pork and duck cassoulet, Memphis style. Phillip Ashley Rix of Phillip Ashley Chocolates served salted caramel single origin chocolate mousse. Ben Smith of Tsunami prepared rice vermicelli with shrimp in spicy coconut broth. Ryan Trimm of Sweet Grass offered porchetta of Newman, Farms with Berkshire pork and hoppin John. Bill and Kristi Kloos of Frost Bake Shop delighted guests with sweet potato truffle with maple custard, Gran Marnier, and spiced pecans. Guest chefs from all over the United States came to serve up the best tastes such as Miles James of James at the Mill in Springdale, AR who served Arkansas rabbit leg and loin with Arkansas bacon on Delta truffled risotto.
Shelley Cooper of Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro in Townsend, TN prepared rabbit potpie with pork belly, potatoes, soybean succotash, preserved with lemon gravy. Michael Kramer of Jianna in Greenville, SC offered Tuna Curdo with picked beets, meyer lemon, and crushed almonds. These great flavors were paired with wines from around the world. Wine participants were presented by Star Distributors and wineries present were Alexander Valley Vineyards, Banfi, Bernardus, Cornerstone Cellars, Dr. Loosen Wines, Frank Family, Gloria Gerrer, Hahn, Josh Cellars, Marietta Cellars, Robert Turner, Rombauer Vineyards, Wilson Daniels, and Schramsberg Vineyards. Casa Zonin poured Rocca di Montemassi Le Focaie, Castello, d’Albola Chianti Classico, Altemura Primitivo, Castello del Poggio Moscato d’ Asti. Copper Cane of California served Wines by Joe Wagner while the Crimson Wine Group poured Pine Ridge and Seghesio, both from California. Ferrari- Carano feature Fetzer, Bonterra, Jekel, and 1000 Stories. Jackson Family Wines featured La Crema and Siduri Wines. Rudi Wiest Selections of Germany served Becker, Gunderloch, Monchof, Von Buhl, and Weins Prum. Silver Oak poured Twomey Cellars. Treasury Wine Estates poured Beringer from California, Sterling from California, Stags’ Leap from California, and Chateau Minuty from France. Vine Connection featured Tikal and La Posta from Argentina. Wagner Family of Wine poured Mer Soleil, Conundrum, and Caymus from California. Throughout the night there were cookbook signings with Ronni Lundy with Chef Shelly Cooper, Dominic Orsini, Vivian Howard, Justin Fox Burks, Anthony Lamas, Miles James, and Ben Smith. As the night came to an end, items such as Grizzlies front row seats, Memphis Food and Wine Festival art poster signed by the guest chefs, a festival chef coat signed by Magic Johnson, and much more were auctioned off. All proceeds went to the FedExFamilyHouse.
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