Wining & Dining...

In honor of our recent trip to Napa & Sonoma Valley's Wine Country, I hosted an interactive dinner event with my Chicago Cooks & Bakers group. It was an awesome turnout and loved meeting new and familiar members of my group. Again, it was another month of mouth water food, great people. Overall, it was a wonderful event featuring the light & healthy cuisine of Wine Country & the awesome wines from that region to wash our dinner with. Here is the menu from the Wine Country Dinner event and some pics: (astericks * indicate what I made)
* Balsamic Chicken Drummettes *
* Spinach Artichoke Mushroom & White Cheddar Dip *
Three Cheese Breadsticks

* Thyme & Lemon Infused Goat Cheese Spread *
Garlic Crostini

Asparagus Green Salad Greek Feta SaladCumin Pork with Plum Salsa Mushroom Ravioli w/Parmesan Chive Sauce
Apple Bratwurst w/Caramelized Onions & Brie Baked Salmon w/Angel Hair & Asparagus * Mini Strawberry Shortcakes * Chocolate Drizzled Peaches Chocolate Torte Nutella & Raspberry Filled Phyllo Cups

Camera Missed Dishes:
Guacamole & Carnitas Tostadas
Cheesecake Sampler
The Fabulous Wines of
Napa & Sonoma Valley:

Some candid pics:

And to end the night, we took my brother out for an extra sweet treat. Here's my bro with his big ol' birthday ice cream (and of course my hubby had to get some too!):


  1. Wow! That looks like so much fun! I want to be in a Cooks and Bakers club!

  2. The last batch of recipes look amazing Joan.........AND, so do the ice creams.