Happy Holiday Sparkling Wine Buffet


And a superb buffet and party it was for 60+ people! Great to see Karen Burch again – it’s been a while. Please come back. And a big Thank-You goes out to Garry Scholz, Carl Abrahamson, Marvin Rogers, Rob Gibson, Ron Cheek and Stanley Mitchell for leading us on the Board. To the new folks, welcome to this awesome group!
The buffet was a finger food buffet modeled after the Orient Express movie where every scene someone had a glass of “bubbly” and the appetizers were a great variety. The photos of the food below is copied after that movie. And to the folks who donated those wonderful Silent Auction baskets, another big Thank-You. They were well thought out and different. That makes it fun! Enjoy these photos and Left-Click any of them to see them enlarged. Cheers!

Tonight’s Wine List
Some of the 60+ crowd!
Some more of the 60+ crowd!
Mari, John and John’s Mother. Welcome.
Karen Burch and friends.
Larry Kornze
And some of the Silent Auction Baskets
Foodie basket.
James Bond Basket.
More foodie items. And wine, of course.
Yum!
And the food! Well done, Chef!
Deviled Eggs with Caviar
Chicken Salad
Tuna Salad
Ham Wraps Stuffed with Pickle and Cream Cheese
Shrimp
Appetizers plated
Petifore Tree

TVWS Goes to the Rhone Valley


This was probably one of the best buffets the TVWS has ever had. My hat is off to Robin and Gail for such a great meal. Who would have thought fingerling potatoes and bread cubes in a fondue for an appetizer. It was awesome.
The wine pictured here was one from our cellar and was a very good wine. 7 years old and still vibrant! It went very well with the main course of pork, cabbage and potatoes. Here are some photos of the evening. Left-Click any of them to see them enlarged. Cheers!

The menu for the evening

The Wine List for the evening

Gruyère Fondue
bread cubes and small roasted potatoes

Provençal Root Vegetable Soup
white beans, fennel and pistou
(Provençal: of, relating to, or characteristic of Provence or the people of Provence)

Pork Tenderloin
Butternut Squash Purée
Lyonnaise Potatoes

(Lyonnaise potatoes is a French dish of sliced pan-fried potatoes and thinly sliced onions, sautéed in butter with parsley. Lyonnaise means “from Lyon”, or “Lyon-style”, after the French city of Lyon.)
Braised Savoy Cabbage with Apples

Tarts aux Pommes
(fancy apple pie)
Crème Fraîche

Here are some of the 41 people who were there.

TVWS and Texas Wines


Ah yes! Texas has wine! Some good. Some very good! Garry Scholz did a fantastic job in securing the wines and then presenting them. Gail Parker did a super job in paring the wines with our Texas style dinner! Thank you both for this awesome job! The crowd was good, about 40 people were there. Just look at this menu. You can Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Sorry for the missed one and the poor quality of others.

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Here are some of the wines Garry brought.

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Appetizer. Loaded Potato Skins
(Sorry for the poor photo quality)

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Southwestern Green Salad

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Cowboy Baked Beans

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Roasted Vegetables with Napales

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Plated dinner with the Smoked Brisket

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Caramel Flan

Great March Wine Dinner


It’s been a while. Sorry for that but my computer finally came back to me. I could have used my phone,but …………. And I could have used my 7 year old lap top, but waaaaaaaaaaay to slow and awkward. But now we are back online. And what an opening! 58 people were with us to enjoy some superb, upper end wines and a Steam Ship Roast. Thanks Garry Scholz for a great presentation. If you Left-Click any of these photos, you should see them enlarged. Enjoy and enjoy our Buffet Wine Dinner. See you next month. Cheers!

Some of the people who were there.
More of the people who were there.

Brie with Fruit and Nuts
Baguettes

Caesar Salad
(Anchovies on the side)

Caesar Salad

Buttered Rosemary Red Potatoes

Roasted Vegetable Medley

Carved Prime Rib (at the end of buffet line)
Au jus
Creamy Horseradish

Dinner is served!!

NY Style Cheesecake with Dark Cherry Sauce

Service Awards at TVWS


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The Board of the TVWS has a lot of hard working, dedicated members – workers. This year it was great to see three members awarded for their time, hard work, dedication to the Society and efforts. President Garry Scholz made the presentations.

 

 

 

 

 A wonderful chocolate cake was served to Salute the Recipiants!
A wonderful chocolate cake was served to Salute the recipients!
A wonderful chocolate cake was served to Salute the Recipiants![/caption]

Bridgette Gibson was awarded for her service as President. Thank-You Bridgette!
Bridgett Gibson was awarded for her service as President. Thank-You Bridgette!
 And Bridgett also showed us her "ring". Congratulations!!
And Bridgett also showed us her “ring”. Congratulations!!
Gail McClellan Parker was awarded for 13 years of service as President, Secretary, liason to Meadowlake and many other jobs! . Thank-You, Gail!
Gail McClellan Parker was awarded for 13 years of service as President, Secretary, Liason to Meadowlake and many other jobs! . Thank-You, Gail!
 Carl Abrahamson has served the TVWS as Treasurer for many years now. He has been a great help in keeping the Treasury on stable ground. Thank-You Carl!
Carl Abrahamson has served the TVWS as Treasurer for many years. He has been a great help in keeping the Treasury on stable ground. Thank-You Carl!
 The cake is served!!
The cake is served!!

TVWS Annual Christmas Party. A Luau!


13dec2016_1_the-buzz-christmas_chefAnd a great Luau it was, thanks to the Chef Revira and his Crew! A full room and attendance as we have every year at Christmas. It is a great time with some great food. Thanks go to Garry Scholz for taking most of the photos listed below – I “ran out” of film.
There were about 40 people there this year, maybe a few more. The weather outside was frightful – snow, black ice. It took us about 1 hour to travel the normal 20 minute drive time. But all ended well and the Luau was terrific! Every year there is also a Silent Auction of different things offered by the Board and others if they want. Look at these photos and you will see what a great time it was.

Chef Revira, born in Hawaii, entertains us prior to the tasting with some music.
Chef Revira, born in Hawaii, entertains us prior to the tasting with some music.
Some of the attendees
Some of the attendees
Appetizer table and guests.
Appetizer table and guests.
Appetizers
Appetizers

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A Luiau Pig for dinner. It was delicious.
A Luau Pig for dinner. It was delicious.

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The buffet table.
The buffet table.
Plated Luau dinner!
Plated Luau dinner!
Pineapple Cake for Dessert.
Pineapple Cake for Dessert.
Some of the sparkling wines we had.
Some of the sparkling wines we had.
One of the many baskets that were offered for Silent Auction. All of the products in the baskets were donated.
One of the many baskets that were offered for Silent Auction. All of the products in the baskets were donated.

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Cooking Basket donated by Bob and Robin. The Parma Ridge Syrah is 1 of just a few left. There are no more at the winery!!
Cooking Basket donated by Bob and Robin. The Parma Ridge Syrah is 1 of just a few left. There are no more at the winery!!