Friday, March 23, 2012

Premier Lots for the 27th Annual Rare & Fine Wine Auction Announced!

After months of scouring the globe for rare, fine, and desirable wines, The 27th Annual Rare & Fine Wine Auction is nearly upon us, and we've got our hands on some really great lots this year that you won't want to miss.  Among them are large format bottles, collector's wine sets, lavish wine trips, and exclusive wine dinners.  Don't be the last to scout out the details on these premier lots!

Have we piqued your interest?  The night begins with a champagne reception in which all the lots are on display for your perusal.  Following, you'll be treated to a decadent array of salads, entrees and desserts on the buffet, presented by the Four Season's Executive Chef Elmar Prambs.  And we've only just begun!  Then the real fun begins with the boisterous and fast-paced live auction, showcasing nearly 100 auction lots.  Feeling lucky?  Give it a go at the silent auction tables where 50 lots featuring wine, gift cards, experiences and other goodies abound.  And the best part?  It's not too late to reserve your seats for this always fun evening!  Just visit our registration page to join in on the fun!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Cowboys + Gauchos Recap

This past weekend, we hosted Cowboys + Gauchos! We couldn’t have asked for a better setting. It turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day full of non-stop fun! People began pouring in early in their boots and hats, ready to jump on into all excitement.

Like most guests, my eye was drawn straight to the pit where a delicious variety of meats were on display. There’s nothing like having your meal cooked right in front of you! And the smell! From the moment you stepped on site, the smell of barbecue was intoxicating. Roaming from station to station, there wasn’t one booth without something incredibly tasty. One of my favorites, besides the main attractions (the elk, pig, and goat), was the brisket taco provided by Salt Lick. The meat was perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection. Wrapped up in spicy sauce and a tortilla, I was in heaven!

 The inside of the pavilion was beautiful, filled with sparkling lights, splashes of color, and, of course, the smell of so many amazing wines. Guests were able to sample both Texas and South American wines, while being serenaded by beautiful music. It was the perfect atmosphere to sip on your favorite wine and get swept away in the song.

 But, my absolute favorite part of the event was the S’mores Pit! Out behind the pavilion, there was a table full of chocolates and marshmallows. There were so many different flavors to choose from that it was hard to make just one! So much excitement surrounded the process. People would flock to the station to experience something that would take them back to their childhood days. I went traditional with a roasted vanilla marshmallow and stuck it between two graham crackers with a delicious piece of dark chocolate. It was the perfect treat, topped off with sticky fingers! Cowboys + Gauchos was a wonderful experience full of good food, great wines, and tons of fun! Don’t miss out next year. We are sure to have another rip roarin’ good time!

 -Rachel Reid, intern