Pour & Explore: A Trip Around the World of Wine - Argentina

How would you like to visit Argentina without ever buying a plane ticket? You can immerse yourself in the wines, culture and food of this amazing country on Thursday, July 20th.

It’s called Pour & Explore: A Trip Around the World of Wine. This quarterly event is hosted by Brookshire Brothers alongside our partners from the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau. This is the fourth installment in this fine wine and dinner series. Tickets for the five-course paired meal, featuring Finca Agostino wines and Chef Kate Rudasill’s Argentina-infused menu, are on sale through the Lufkin CVB. For more information, call 936-633-0359.

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Pour & Explore Takes You on a Tour of California Wines

Brookshire Brothers and the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau are teaming up for round three with another evening of elegance and education at Pour & Explore: Destination California. 

By TARA WATSON-WATKINS
Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau

Pour & Explore begins at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, February 23, at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center in Lufkin with a guided tasting tour through the famous wine-producing regions of California. Featured wines will be paired with a delicious five-course dinner by Brookshire Brothers’ catering chef, Kate Rudasill. During the “tour” of the California wine regions, the renowned winemakers themselves will walk guests through the menu and the wines they’ve selected to accompany each course.  

"The Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to continue to partner with Brookshire Brothers and Pour and Explore," said Tara Watkins, Executive Director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We hope to establish Lufkin as a haven for foodies and fine-wine aficionados, and Brookshire Brothers has always been such a great supporter of the LCVB. It's wonderful to work with partners who not only understand that people will travel for an exceptional culinary experience, but also know how to provide that experience."

Pour & Explore: Destination California will spotlight the country's number one grape-producing state. Featured wines will include Korbel Sweet Rosé, KJ Pinot Gris, KJ Grand Reserve Pinot Noir, KJ Grand Reserve Chardonnay and Stonestreet Reserve Cabernet.

Pour & Explore: Destination California will begin with a cocktail hour. A specialty cheese board with assorted crackers and Hiland Dairy dips, including Southwest and Sour Cream Chive, will be available, and the Korbel Sweet Rosé will be served.

Following the cocktail hour, the five-course meal created by Chef Rudasill will begin with Mushroom Agnolotti with Browned Butter Sage and Pine Nuts, served family style and paired with the KJ Pinot Gris. The second course, Potato and Chanterelle Soup with Arugula Pesto and Shaved Parmesan will be served with Pesto and Parmesan Cheese Straws and will be paired with the KJ Grand Reserve Pinot Noir. The third course, a California Salad with Sesame Maple Orange Vinaigrette, features fresh greens, butter lettuce, endive, broccoli slaw, cilantro and green onion, along with seasoned cashews, steamed edamame and crispy wontons. It will be served family style and paired with the KJ Grand Reserve Chardonnay. The entrée will be Grilled Ribeyes with Cabernet Thyme Reduction, Butternut Squash Risotto, Steamed Haricot Verts  with Herbed Butter and Parker House Dinner Rolls with Herbed Butter, paired with the Stonestreet Cabernet. Dessert will be individual Praline Mille Feuille with Praline Pastry Cream, Praline Paste, and Ferrero Roche, and will be paired with the Korbel Sweet Rosé  .

Don’t miss this elegant night out! Seating is limited, and tickets are available through the Lufkin CVB, (936) 633-0359, for $65 a person or $550 for a reserved table of eight.

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Cooking with Kate: Happy Halloween!

It’s hard to believe that Halloween is right around the corner...especially when it still feels a bit summery outside. Hopefully the temperature will drop some before the trick-or-treating weekend is upon us! Have some fun this year with your kiddos making these fun after-school and party recipes that are simple, quick, and delicious!

Toothy Apples

  • 3-4 apples – Granny Smith, Gala, or Fuji
  • smooth or crunchy peanut or almond butter
  • mini marshmallows

Slice apples into quarters and remove the core. Slice each quarter in half and spread a small amount of peanut or almond butter on one of the sides. Add 5-7 mini marshmallow “teeth” to one slice and top with another slice, peanut butter side down to hold the marshmallows in place. Refrigerate your “toothy” apples until ready to serve.

Fall Party Snack Mix

  • 6 cups Chex or Crispix cereal
  • 1 cup mini pretzel twists
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup peanut butter pieces or chocolate candies
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup candy corn or other fall candy

Pre-heat the oven to 275°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Melt the butter in a large bowl. Add the cereal and pretzels and toss evenly to coat. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon, then toss with the cereal mixture to evenly coat. Spread the cereal mixture onto the baking pan and bake for 20 minutes. Cool the cereal mixture completely. Once cool, add the candy, candy corn and marshmallows. Serve in a large bowl for a party or package into small bags to give out to friends 

Spiced Apple Cider
Makes 16-20 servings

  • 2 ½ quarts apple cider
  • 24 ozs pineapple juice
  • 24 ozs orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4-6 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves

In a large crock pot, mix apple cider, pineapple juice, orange juice, ground nutmeg, and ground cinnamon. Add cinnamon sticks and cloves (see note). Heat on high for 1 hour.  Turn heat to low and continue heating for 1-2 hours or until ready to serve. Refrigerate any remaining cider.

NOTE: If you have cheesecloth available, use a small square of cloth to wrap the cinnamon sticks and cloves and then tie with twine. Add to the pot and remove before serving. If cheesecloth is not available, use a slotted spoon to remove the cloves before serving. 

 

Kate Rudasill, Catering Coordinator for Brookshire Brothers, has been in the food-service industry for the past 14 years. As a graduate of Texas A&M University, a student of The Texas Culinary Academy, and a Nacogdoches, Texas native, Kate grew up with Southern tradition in her blood which caused her to have a deep love for bringing people together with food.

     

 

Cooking with Kate: Cooking Away the Labor Day Blues

Labor Day, the official mark of the end of summer, is here...but there's no reason to cry away those summer blues. How about cook them away? Keep the Labor Day spirit in your house by whipping up these classic Kate Rudasill approved recipes!   

Chilled Pesto Tortellini Salad

2 (9 oz) packages refrigerated three-cheese tortellini
1 container grape tomatoes
1 can large black olives
½ cup pesto, jarred or homemade

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add tortellini to the boiling water, and cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta floats to the surface, about 4-5 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop pasta from cooking further. Slice tomatoes and olives in half and add to a large bowl. Add the cooled tortellini and the pesto. Gently toss to coat everything with the pesto. Refrigerate pasta salad for at least 1 hour before serving.

 

   

Barbeque Stuffed Mushrooms with Mozzarella

3 (16 oz) packages whole white mushrooms
1 container barbecued shredded pork (Lloyd’s or Curly’s)
1 (8 oz) package shredded mozzarella cheese

Remove stems from mushrooms and lay upside down on a lightly greased baking sheet. Spoon a small amount of pork into each mushroom. Bake at 375°F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Serve immediately.

     

 

 

  

  

No-Bake Creamy Key Lime Pie

1 can sweetened condensed milk
8 oz. sour cream
zest of 2 limes
½ cup fresh lime juice
8 oz. Cool Whip, thawed
Graham cracker crust (1 - 9” or 2 packages of tart shells)

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, mix condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice and zest until creamy. Turn mixer to high and whip until fluffy. Fold in cool whip. Spoon filling into large crust. Cover and chill at least 2 hours before serving. Serve with additional Cool Whip.