Posts Tagged ‘Wine’

Wine and BeerI have traveled far and wide, to exotic places like California, Missouri and, even New Jersey, and I have seen alcoholic beverages sold in supermarkets. Yes, yes, it’s true. And, now, here in Pennsylvania we can see it too.

Yet another reason to be grateful for Wegmans. According to a recent article in the Intelligencer, Wegmans is now selling six-packs of beer and individual glasses of beer in its Warrington store (the in-store restaurant section). This has been coming for some time – there was discussion about it internally when I worked at Wegmans a couple of years ago. 

In fact, the Rochester supermarket company has been working on this for over a year, trying to manage its way through the byzantine laws governing the selling and purchasing of alcoholic beverages in Pennsylvania (side note: one of my favorite things to do – explain how we have to buy alcohol in this state to people who aren’t from here, and then watch their stunned faces). Warrington Township was giving them some difficulty as well, rejecting Wegmans 2007 bid to sell beer and wine using an out-of-town permit.

But Wegmans prevailed! The store’s license also allows for the sale of wine, according to the article, but there are no immediate plans to do so. They do plan to sell wine by the glass in the future, however. So, yes, you can now get your Chinese food buffet items, or pizza, or crab cakes, with a nice glass of beer. Cheers!

Update: We visited Wegmans on Sunday and perused the shelves. Very nice selection of beer.

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ChocolateSolebury resident Gretchen Tartakoff has a passion for chocolate.

Oh, I know what you’re thinking. We all love chocolate (or most of us – I simply don’t understand people who don’t). But Gretchen decided to do something other than just eat it. She has organized a chocolate extravaganza of chocolatiers, chefs, pastry artists, chocolate experts, growers and industry vendors – a full day of tasting, learning and experiencing chocolate.

The Second Annual Chocolate Show takes place this Sunday, May 31st  from 10 am to 4 pm at the New Hope Eagle Fire House Ballroom. And you should NOT miss it.

Gretchen shares why she started her venture, The Chocolate Bar:

The mission and vision of The Chocolate Bar is founded on combining education, community and good business practices while enjoying amazing chocolate from around the world. With the love of chocolate in common – talking about our favorites, our travels and our recipes – The Chocolate Bar’s projects will provide the vehicle to open conversations about origins of chocolate, about world issues that impact the origin of chocolate, and the history of the recipes. When we start talking about those things, together, then we can begin to talk about the environment the cocoa needs to grow and be sustained with global standards that make sense. It’s complex.

Over the last six years I’ve learned that we can make a big difference in our future by being aware and open to learn from each other. With a passion to protect nature and all that it encompasses, the Rainforest region stands out as a natural phenomenon that is in need of us paying much more close attention to its needs.

There’s a pull, like a magnet, for me to continue to learn more and suppCocoa beansort those who are experts in the industry. The Bucks County Chocolate Show and the exhibit “The Journey of The Pod” is giving me an opportunity to share some of what I’ve been learning and the truly gifted people that I’ve been meeting.

C2nd Annual Chocolate Showheck out the The Chocolate Bar website to learn more about the seminars, exhibits and wonderful chocolate that will be available for tasting. Admission is only $10 for adults, $7 for seniors/students and free for children 9 years old and younger. A portion of the admission fees go to the National Wildlife Federation.

The 2nd Annual Chocolate Show, 10 am – 4 pm, New Hope Eagle Fire Hall, 46 N. Sugan Road, New Hope, PA

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CB030317Our apologies for being so quiet this week. Maybe it’s the rain. Anyway, looks like the sogginess will stop in time for Mother’s Day, so take her out, or buy some food and cook for a change! (I should talk.)

Here’s a round-up of some of the food stuff happening. Check out our online calendar, Food Events in Bucks County for more details.

Friday, May 8th:

  • Brad’s Raw Chips Launching Party, 6 – 9 pm, The R.A.T. Gallery, Gardenville. Gotta love Brad’s Raw Veggie Chips, especially when they’ll be serving wine too! Stop by for a munch. 
  • Wine Concert Series at Shady Brook Farm,  6 – 9 pm, Yardley. Weather permitting. Free admission. Idlewoodsmen will be the musical entertainment.
  • Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, 6 – 11 pm, El Mariachi Restaurant, Plumsteadville. Salsa dancing lessons. Hola!
  • Wine Tasting for Singles, 7 – 9 pm, Crossing Vineyards, Washington Crossing. Meet someone special AND sound intelligent about wine.

Saturday, May 9th:

  • Doylestown Farmers’ Market, 7 am – Noon, Doylestown 
  • 2nd Annual “Breakfast on the Bridge,” 9 am – 12 pm, South Perkasie Covered  Bridge, Perkasie. Eat sausage and “support” a local covered bridge. Yum. 
  • Wrightstown Farmers’ Market, 10 – 11 am, “limited” market, Wrightstown. Regular market begins May 23rd.
  • Mother’s Day Tea, 11 am – 1 pm, St. John United Church of Christ, Riegelsville
  • Wine Tasting for Moms, 12 pm – 3 pm, Crossing Vineyards, Washington Crossing. Like Mom needs an excuse to drink…
  • Roast Beef Dinner, 3 – 7 pm, Plumsteadville Fire Co., Plumsteadville.
  • The Politics of Food with “Christina Cooks,” 3:30 – 5:30 pm, with Christina Pirello, Doylestown Hospital Health & Wellness Center, Warrington
  • Film & Discussion: “The Garden,” 5 – 9 pm, ACME Screening Room, Lambertville.  
  • Mother’s Day Weekend at Chaddsford Winery, 10 am – 6 pm, Chaddsford Winery Tasting Room & Wine Shop, Lahaska (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Mother’s Day Celebration Weekend, Noon – 5 pm, Unionville Vineyards, Ringoes, NJ (Saturday & Sunday)

Sunday, May 10th:

  • Breakfast at Upper Black Eddy Fire Co, 7:30 am – Noon, Upper Black Eddy.42-15654210
  • Breakfast at Richland Township Fire and Rescue, 8 am – 1 pm, Quakertown.
  • Breakfast at Hartsville Fire Company, 8 am – 12 pm, Hartsville Fire Company, Warminster.
  • Breakfast at Silverdale Fire Company, 8 am – 1 pm, Silverdale.
  • Breakfast at Graeme Park, 10 am – 1 pm, Graeme Park, Horsham.
  • Mother’s Day Weekend at Chaddsford Winery, 10 am – 6 pm, Chaddsford Winery Tasting Room & Wine Shop, Lahaska (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Sunday Funday: Mother’s Day Festival, Shady Brook Farm, Noon – 4 pm, Yardley
  • Mother’s Day Celebration Weekend, Noon – 5 pm, Unionville Vineyards, Ringoes, NJ (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Mother’s Day Tea, 2 pm, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, Trenton, NJ

Have a sweet weekend!

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An impulse turn is what happens when we’re driving along and one of us says, “Let’s turn in here,” to check out a place we’ve done no research on, just because, for whatever the reason, it seems like a good idea at the time. Last week, as we were driving home from Trenton, Lynne thought we should turn into Crossing Vineyard and Winery at 1853 Wrightstown Road in Washington Crossing. All I can say is Lynne has good impulses.

Photo cpurtesy of Crossing Vineyard and Winery

Photo courtesy of Crossing Vineyard and Winery

Walking up the path into the winery is kind of like walking into a piece of California. The vineyards beyond the path, the warmth of the wine store, the cool of the barrel room where wine tastings are held all have the feel of Napa Valley. Later on Tom Carroll, Sr.,  Crossing’s president, told us that was no accident: From the beginning, he, his wife Christine and son (and vintner) Tom, Jr., wanted to bring California-style, world-class winemaking to Bucks County.

Tom is a friendly, engaging man. We ran into him by accident, after we’d finished Impulse #1A – a wine tasting, which is among the most rewarding ways to spend $8 that I’ve experienced in a long time. His family’s energy seems to infuse the place: From the moment we walked in, we noticed how everyone around was engaged in friendly conversations about wine and food: staff members with customers, of course, but also customers with customers and staff members with staff members. Everyone was perfectly content to talk, no one’s in any hurry.

Photo courtesy of Crossing Vineyard and Winery

Photo courtesy of Crossing Vineyard and Winery

Crossing’s wines have won medals around the world, something Tom detailed for us with quiet pride. We’ll be talking to the Carrolls in more detail soon. In the meantime, check out the Crossing Web site for more of their story, and if you’re in the area stop in and taste some wines for yourself.

See more details about the vineyard’s numerous events, and other happenings, at our calendar, Food Events in Bucks County.

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