“Food for Thought” Event May 18 to Feature Renowned Master Sommelier Showcasing Wines from Justin & Landmark Vineyards
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Mary Deatrick, DPR
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ORLANDO (May 9, 2012) – It’s not often that a single meal can nourish mind, body and soul, but patrons at the May 18 Vine & Dine wine pairing dinner can expect just that as Rosen Centre presents its first ever “Food for Thought” themed event.
The dinner will feature foods that are known to be good for the brain and the body as well as nourishing for the soul, along with top-rated wines presented by Master Sommelier, Joseph Spellman of Justin & Landmark Vineyards in California. Spellman, one of only 118 Master Sommeliers in North America, has been in the industry for over 30 years. The title of Master Sommelier is considered the highest achievement in the world of wine and is a distinction that only 186 people in the world have received since The Court of Master Sommeliers was established in 1973. Spellman earned the distinction in 1996.
Spellman was elected chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2005 and is one of only two Americans to have won the prestigious title of “Best Sommelier in the World in French Wines & Spirits” in 1997, followed by Bon Appetit Wine & Spirits Professional of the Year among his many accolades. Spellman is a leading wine educator conducting seminars all over the world and will be sharing his “thoughts” with Vine & Dine guests.
Spellman is just one of the many distinguished wine experts to appear at Rosen Centre’s Vine & Dine series recently. In January, Vine & Dine featured Jesse Lange, general manager/winemaker of Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards, an award-winning winery in Willamette Valley, Oregon. In March, Rosen Centre welcomed as its distinguished guest speaker, Master Sommelier D. Lynn Proctor, subject of the soon-to-be-released documentary film “SOMM.”
Beginning at 7 p.m., the welcome reception will feature Justin 2010 Sauvignon Blanc. The first course during “Food for Thought” will include Mixed Greens with Black Quinoa, Kamut, Barley, Butternut Squash and Citrus Vinaigrette paired with a Justin 2010 Chardonnay. Quinoa is considered a complete protein, containing all nine amino acids plus antioxidants which aid in brain and neuronal function. Kamut is also a high energy grain, while barley is known as a blood glucose stabilizer and lowers bad cholesterol levels. The second course features Tea Smoked Salmon served with a 2009 Landmark Grand Detour Pinot Noir. Salmon is known for its high levels of protein and omega-3 fatty acids and helps lower the chance of dementia and stroke.
Guests will then have the opportunity to cleanse their palates with a Herbes de Provence Sorbet before moving on to the main course, Grilled Venison with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce, Onion Marmalade, Charred Strawberries and Grilled Sweet Potatoes paired with a Justin 2008 Savant. Strawberries are proven to boost memory recall while blueberries are high in antioxidants and protect the brain from free radicals. Berries can boost short term memory and reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
And finally, for dessert, guests may contrast one wine, the Justin 2010 Obtuse, with a Duo Dessert plate: Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Flan & Chocolate Mousse with Cointreau. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and can enhance focus and concentration. It is rich in flavonoids that improve blood flow to the brain and therefore cognitive ability. And, studies show that drinking wine reduces the risk of heart disease and certain cancers, and slows the progress of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The flavonoids and resveratrol act as antioxidants to reduce the effects of free radicals. Red wines contain higher concentrations of resveratrol than whites.
Each Vine & Dine event begins at 7 p.m. with a reception in Everglades Bar that features a welcome wine or unique wine cocktail. The group then adjourns to Everglades restaurant, offering a comfortable, yet refined setting that evokes the natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere of the Florida Everglades, for a five-course, gourmet dinner highlighted by fresh, seasonal ingredients and wines expertly selected to complement the cuisine. During dinner, guests may engage in casual conversation about wines with an experienced wine maker or knowledgeable sommelier chosen for each event. Guests can also enter to win exciting raffle prizes, such as bottles of wine, wine-related items or hotel stays. An intimate dining experience, each Vine & Dine event is limited to no more than 40 guests, ensuring personal attention for each attendee.
The cost of each Vine & Dine dinner is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Diners may make their evenings even more special by spending the night in a deluxe guest room for a special rate of only $89 plus tax. As with all Everglades dining experiences, valet parking is complimentary.
Vine & Dine dinners can be customized for private group events. The Everglades Restaurant’s extensive wine list, which features an array of wines from all regions, winemaking styles and price points, allows the culinary team to work with event and meeting planners to arrange unique experiences within any budget. The restaurant also offers an extensive selection of organic wines from wineries that share the hotel’s passion for protecting the environment and creating quality products in a sustainable manner.
For Vine & Dine reservations and more details, call 407-996-8560. For more information,visit www.evergladesrestaurant.com or www.rosencentre.com. Subsequent Vine & Dine events will take place July 27 and Oct. 26, 2012.
Rosen Centre has received Meetings & Conventions’ prestigious Gold Platter Award, which is given to select properties throughout the nation that demonstrate creative and culinary excellence. Just minutes away from the Orlando International Airport and the area’s most popular theme parks and attractions, Rosen Centre is located at 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. For more information, visit www.rosencentre.com or call (800) 800-9840.