Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wine and Dinner Event in Hinsdale: March 17

I always like to make known great dinner and wine events. So here’s one not to miss. Zak's Place & Hinsdale Wine Shop will host an extravagant dinner March 17. Your taste buds will travel to Napa Valley and enjoy a pairing of Hill Family Estate's wine and Zak's signature cuisine.

The Menu
1st Course
Pico de Gallo Cured Salmon
2007 Sauvignon Blanc

2nd Course
Watercrest with Blue Cheese Stuffed Pears & Pear Vinaigrette
2006 Chardonnay "Carly's Cuvee"

3rd Course
Capon Stuffed with Proscuitto, Wild Mushrooms & Spinach
2005 "The Barrel Blend" (Merlot/Cab/Syrah)

4th Course
Filet Mignon with Black Truffle and Foie Gras Sauce, Green Beans & Truffle Croquettes
2004 Origin Bordeaux blend(cab/merlot/malbec)

5th Course
Creamy Chocolate & Blue Berry Terrine
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Where & When: Zak's Place, 112 S. Washington Street, Hinsdale, IL - Tuesday, March 17, 7:00pm. Call 630.323.9257 to make your reservation. You can also call Hinsdale Cellars at 630.654.9862.

$95 will cover food, wine & gratuity.

Happy Eating! Mr. Foodie

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Signature Wines of Southern Tasting: March 13

I love to keep all of you aware of wine tasting. So, plan on going to the The Cellar Door in Downers Grove this coming Friday, March 13. The Cellar Door and John Harford of Signature Wines of Southern will be hosting a wine tasting from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30p.m. You'll be able to try five wines and at just $5 for the whole tasting This week's theme is wines from the Southern Hemisphere.

Here's what I've heard John Harford has personally selected to taste:

Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc
Marborough, New Zealand

Rust en Vrede Merlot
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Arboleda Cabernet Sauvignon

Enrique Foster "Ique" Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina

Taltarni Shiraz
Pyrenees (Victoria), Australia

The Cellar Door is located at 5150 Main St., Downers Grove, IL 60515. For more information, call 630.241.2030.

Happy Eating, or Tasting this time! Mr. Foodie

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Taste the Origin of Chocolate

I discovered a delicous chocolate treat: Chocolate Seeds. For centuries chocolate confectioners have teased fine flavors from the seeds of the cacao tree. Nahualli Trading Co. goes a step further and combines the flavor of dark chocolate with roasted seeds of the cacao tree to create Chocolate Seeds.

Nahualli Trading Co. sources Criollo cacao seeds from fair trade and organic Ecuadorian farmers. A three-step process takes places to produce a decadent and rich taste. First, whole beans are carefully shelled. Next, the shelled beans are expertly roasted to develop a full, intense flavor. Finally, the roasted beans are perfectly seasoned with dark chocolate.

Two varieties of Chocolate Seeds are available:

• Chocolate Seeds enrobed in smooth dark chocolate. The combination is a fruity body with deep chocolate notes and no bitter finish (4 oz./$7.95; 7 oz./$15.95).
• Organic Chocolate Seeds covered with smooth dark organic chocolate. This version has a sweet punch with a pineapple finish (4 oz./$9.95; 7 oz./$17.95).

Chocolate Seeds can be purchased directly from Nahualli Trading Co. or at select retailers coast to coast. Visit for more information.

You’ll find in this media kit a sample of the 100% Organic Chocolate Seeds and the Regular Chocolate Seeds; a flash drive that includes this press release, high-resolution images, and nutrition facts; and tea to enhance your Chocolate Seeds experience – or sample the seeds with your favorite red wine or port.

About Nahualli Trading Co.
The Nahualli Trading Co., founded by Paul Mosca, is a chocolate company dedicated to Theobroma cacao and the people who grow it and enjoy its products. The company is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., and operates out of a 900-square-foot certified organic facility. To speak directly with Paul, call 919.961.1984 or e-mail

Happy Eating! Mr. Foodie