Did you miss it? Endless wine tasting and all the food samplings you wanted were featured at the 2013 Fleurs et Vin Festival held at Carillon Park on May 19th. The Big Ragu was on hand with Dayton Most Metro’s staff, greeting the massive crowds and sample the various offerings. It was a Food Adventure paradise in the heart of Dayton, and a must eat on our list of events.
If you were not able to make it to this annual benefit for the AIDS Resource Center Ohio, then check out our recap, below.
Here’s the Skinny:
— FLEURS ET VIN is Dayton’s Premier Wine and Gourmet Food Festival, typically held each year on a Sunday in May from 1-4pm under the tents at Carrillon Historical Park. It is an all-you-want tasting event with a loyal following.
— ALL of the food and wine was donated by locally owned restaurants, allowing 100% of the proceeds to benefit AIDS Resource Center of Dayton. A Food Adventure with a cause
— Admission price allowed you access to over 400 wines from around the world and taste menu samples from 20 local restaurants, along with a Belgian Beer Garden area !
— Live and Silent Auction areas allowed even more funds to be raised for this worthy cause that focuses of prevention and education about AIDS, along with service programs that help those in need with HIV/AIDS.
— Live music filled the air and added to the warm ambiance.
With so many good wines and so much good food, below are our picks for the best of the best from this spectacular event!
OUR FAVORITES (THE FOOD):
Thai 9’s Crab Rangoon and Chicken with Rice: In our opinion, the best crab rangoon in the Dayton area were these incredible samples from Thai9. Stuffed full and deep, and served with a sweet side of Thai sauce, we found ourselves returning to this line often. The Thai chicken dish was also incredible at this station. It was a Thai pepper chicken, served in a brown, curry house sauce over a bed of white rice. We told them we loved it, but our mouths were so full that they couldn’t understand us.
The Dock’s Crab Cakes: Slowly seared on their portable flat top grill, these were flavorful, hand-packed circles of love. The sauce that topped the crab cakes was the secret ingredient that kept us coming back for more. The staff of The Dock probably wanted to file a restraining order against us for hanging out by their grill as much as we did. We could not resist seconds of these scrumptious bites of crab heaven.
Hawthorn Grill’s Sorbet and Strawberry ShortCake: All of the desserts at Hawthorn Grill are homemade by Chef Candace and her staff. Her sorbet was a perfect, refreshing break during this hot event. The bite size piece of cake, topped with a strawberry sauce also hit the spot.
Scratch Catering’s Beef Brisket and Carmelized Onion Bruschetta: When doesn’t Chef Matt Hayden please the hungry crowds? This delicious, slow-cooked sampling was just as pleasing to the eye, as it was to our taste buds. The hits from Scratch Catering just keep on coming ….
OUR FAVORITES (THE WINES):
Canella Blood Orange Mimosa: Talk about refreshing! This tasty, bottled mimosa was the perfect drink, on this hot day. The server at this booth had to be tired of us by the end of the event. Probably our favorite offering from the Vintage Wine Distributor. This Italian wine cocktail is made from grape wine and the juice and pulp of blood oranges from Sicily.
Heron Chardonnay: A crisp, white wine made from 22 year old grape vines. The winery is a female owned, family vineyard run by Laely Heron. One of the few American women who made wine in France, Heron’s products are also produced in California.
Spreitzer Riesling 101: This German Riesling comes from a winery owned by two brothers who have been honing their craft since 1997. It was a cold, refreshing sip of sparkling goodness in the warm weather.
The Belgian Beer Garden: Although this was a wine festival, Heidelberg Distributing distracted us with some great beer selections. Food Adventures enjoyed a couple of Stella Artois beers in a souvenir pint. The Big Ragu went for some Hoegaarden beer and an Ommegang Witte Beer.
All in all, this is Dayton’s “Wine me and dine me” Festival. We loved being a part of a wonderful event, that supported a locally based AIDS charity. Good local food and world class wines, what more could one ask for? So let us end this Food Adventure, by raising our glass with a toast.. “Whether you love Merlot or Chardonnay, here’s to seeing you at Fleurs et Vin, next May!!”
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From the docked boat that greets you at the entrance, to the indoor waterfall surrounded by palm trees and beach inspired decor, a trip to The Dock in Enon can sure make you feel like you’re at the beach. Join them on Thurs, June 9th as they present a wine tasting featuring 7 wines and an apetizer buffet buffet and that seaside feeling will be reinforced by the seafood pairing matched with wines presented by Allied Wines Manager Amy Tierney. The menu includes:
Reception: Rodney Strong Charlottes Home Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma
Wine: Garnet Pinot Noir, Sonoma
Paired with: Individual Beef Wellingtons
Wine: Layer Cake Chardonnay ,California
Paired with: Seared Ahi Tuna on Toast Points
Wine: Simply Naked Pinot Grigio, California
Paired with: Fried Soft Shelled Blue Crab on Toast
Wine: Colores Del Sol Malbec, Argentinal
Paired with: Crab Stuffed Mushrooms with Lobster Sauce
Wine: Menage A Trois White Blend, Californial
Paired with: Homemade Cheesecake with Apple-Walnut Chutney
To make reservations to attend the tastings for $37.99 per person, call The Dock at 937- 864-5011.
$20 For $40 Worth Of Fine Dining And Drinks At Amelia’s Buy Now
Lunch Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00pm
Dinner Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 4:00 – 9:00pm Friday & Saturday 4:00pm – 10:00 pm
Chef/Proprietor Dominique Fortin wouldn’t have it any other way.
LUNCH: Mon-Sat 11-2:30 DINNER: Mon-Thurs 5-10; Fri & Sat 5-11
ENJOY OUR “BAR MENU” 5 UNTIL LATE NIGHT
CLOSED SUNDAY’S -EXCEPT FOR LARGE PARTIES
The Grub Steak Restaurant
The Grub Steak’s secret of success is no secret. Steaks cut by on-premises meat cutters, hot bread made from scratch and homemade salad dressings all contribute to the food quality of the Grub Steak. Years of experimentation have led to the development of the house specialty: “Royal Ribs.” This barbeque-flavored treat is made from prime cut of the finest pork loin and served on wooden skewers, the great taste of barbecue ribs without the mess!
Mon.-Thur. 4pm-9pm, Fri. 11am-10pm, Sat. 3pm-10pm, Sun. 12pm-8pm
Tues – Thurs 5pm-9pm Fri. 11:30am – 10pm Sat. 5pm-10pm
Jeet India Restaurant
$20 For $40 Worth Of Indian Cuisine Buy Now
Dinner: Mon.-Thurs. 5pm-9pm Fri. & Sat. 5pm-10pm · Sun. 5pm-9pm
Savona Restaurant & Wine Bar
$20 For $40 Worth Of American Cuisine With Mediterranean Influence Buy Now
Chef Keith Taylor creates Modern American cuisine with Mediterranean influence, using only the finest local ingredients. An inspirational wine list has been created with the philosophy; that food and wine are not just intended to complement one another, but to inspire, as well. Complement your food!
Tuesday – Thursday 5pm – 9pm Friday – Saturday 5pm – 10pm
$20 For $40 Worth Of Boathouse Dining Buy Now
A unique seaside-style restaurant, land-locked in Enon, Ohio. It is reminiscent of so many waterfront restaurants from the Bahamas to Key West and north to Maine. Outdoor dining by beautiful ponds with old dry-docked boats and indoor dining by a charming waterfall help to create the vacation atmosphere you are looking for year ’round. The free live entertainment is an added bonus for all ages.
The Dock features fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, pastas, chicken and prime rib, slow roasted on the outdoor grill. Terrific evening and weekend dinner specials round out an extensive menu of reasonably priced entrees.
250 West Main Street Enon, OH 4532 937-864-5011
Open Tues.-Fri. 4pm-9pm and Sat. 3pm-10pm
This past week was wonderful…and very unique! I witnessed an elephant in a living room (well, sort of), found out that Minster wasn’t lying about serving beer in half-gallon plastic jugs, and was able to enjoy some fish and chips at my alma mater’s fish fry. But most importantly, the Browns captured their first win of the season! (Sorry all you Bengals fans out there.) Anyways, here are some of the wonderful things going on in Dayton this week!
On Wednesday, row your boat to Otis Redding’s favorite place, The Dock, for their 16th Anniversary. In order to celebrate, there will be 16 dinners offered at 1994 prices! Or continue the German Oktoberfest tradition at Hawthorn Grill, as they will be featuring a German menu. Afterwards, check out the Modern Masters Exhibit from the Smithsonian American Art Museum at the Dayton Art Institute for its final week in Dayton. Or head to The Neon to experience what I experienced this weekend – The Elephant in the Living Room …which by the way, is a wonderful documentary that features many things Dayton. Although you may be skeptical of my opinions since I’m by no means a film critic, the movie has earned two “Best Documentary” awards from actual film critics!
On Thursday, get out your Altoids after you experience Cooking with Garlic at the PNC 2nd Street Market. Just don’t try out your new found cooking skills on a date. In the evening, speed over to the Dayton Art Institute to see Soul Express as part of the DAI 2010 Vectren Just Jazz Series. And, if you are a writer, have always wanted to become one, or like me, you just have a passion for your topic but no formal writing experience, head to the Kettering-Moraine branch of the Dayton Metro Library for a presentation entitled The Courage to Write.
On Friday, there will be lots of opportunities for professional development! All you business people will want to start the day off right with the Dayton Chamber Breakfast Briefingat the Dayton Racquet Club. Afterwards, check out MAGNETIC Content! – Create, plan and position relevant content that will captivate your audience, which is sponsored by New Media Dayton. Bring your autograph book as there will be “ROCKSTAR-like” panelists, including our very own Bill Pote, the wonderful founder of DaytonMostMetro.com! If you are looking to enhance your creativity in the workplace, sign up for the Creativity – Steroids for Your Career workshop at Groundz4Living. If you are a community advocate, you’ll want to register for the Regional Neighborhood Network Conference, which will be going on over the course of three days at the Dayton Convention Center and the Crowne Plaza Hotel. In the evening, fly like Superman…Up, Up & Away with McCoo & Davis, as they perform with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. (You can also find more information about the event by clicking here.)
Saturday is festival day! Make your way to Waynesville for the famous Sauerkraut Festival or to Yellow Springs for the Yellow Springs Street Fair (check out the DMM article on this event here). Or, if you haven’t been to enough beer festivals in the past few months, check out the Miami Valley Beer Fest at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, where all proceeds go directly to the Resident Home Association, a non-profit that works with adults who have developmental disabilities, providing them with supervised living assistance and other services. So, if people ask you why you’ve been drinking every weekend, you can just tell them it is for a great cause! If you are grieving the fact that Dayton Oktoberfest is over, you can still drink German beer, eat cabbage rolls, and experience live music at the Dayton Liederkranz Oktoberfest! If you want to help kids, be sure to purchase your ticket ASAP for the ‘Help Me, Help Kids’ Wine Tasting and Silent Auction for Big Brothers Big Sisters, which is also on Saturday. It is more than just wine and a silent auction – there will be food, fun, and live music by Matt Scholp. Plus, you will walk home (or perhaps take a cab home) with a wine glass and a t-shirt! A few friends and I attended last year and had such a great time that we are planning to go again this year, so I hope to see you there!
On Sunday, after you go to church, head to the Dayton Art Institute for Musica! Fall Concert – Saints & Sinners. Musica!, Dayton’s professional choir, will be performing music from a wide variety of musicals, such as Les Miserables, as well as a set of spirituals. Or watch Cleveland’s second win of the season on FOX as they take on the Atlanta Falcons. (Apparently this event is not listed on the DaytonMostMetro.com calendar.) If you’re not wise enough to be a Browns fan, check out the Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museumat the Dayton Art Institute, as Sunday is the last day for it. Or, drive down to Waynesville for the Sauerkraut Festival. And finally, to wind down the busy week, participate in the Free Intro to Yoga classat Practice Yoga on Fifth.
What did the football say to the punter?
“I get a kick out of you.”
These are just a few best bets from the DMM Calendar. There are plenty more events listed there, so if you haven’t, I encourage you to check it out today! Also, if you have an event to share or promote, please submit it – it’s great marketing and better yet, it’s FREE! And finally, if you have a dumb joke to share, I’m all ears!
Have a great week Dayton!
Enter this Enon restaurant, and you’ll be surrounded by an indoor waterfall pond, palm trees, saltwater aquarium and an array of Jimmy Buffet inspired trinkets. This tropical paradise is just 20 minutes from downtown, so head on out and enjoy their special clam bake weekend Friday, March 19th through Sun, March 21st.
Order this special menu and you’ll get a bucket filled with four large shrimp, one doen mussels, one half pound of snow crab legs, four middleneck clams, a link of andouille sausage, and corn on the cob. Accompanied by a Dock salad, twice-baked potato and fresh baked bread, all for just $26.95 And if seafood’s not your thing, there are plenty of chicken and steak items to choose, as well.
The Dock (937) 864-5011
250 W. Main Street, Enon
Hours: Tues- Thurs 4-9pm, Fri & Sat 4-10pm, Sun 4-8pm