Sunday, September 26, 2010

Shameful Self Promotion

Every so often I do this. In the past, it was public events that I was catering, but now it is for the winery for which I work. We have such a wide variety of events coming up, that there is most likely something for everyone. So, here it goes:

Friday, October 1 Music in the Garden. Our last outdoor music night featuring a favorite band at the winery, Ketchum Louden Live and food from the Ironstone Room. No cover. Food available 6-9 PM, music from 7-10 PM

Saturday, October 2 Murder Mystery Dinner 6:00 pm $40 Per Person (pp) includes the show and three course dinner. Alcohol is an additional charge. By reservation only, please call the winery at 968-7070.

Saturday, October 23 The Wine & Dine Experience 6:30 pm $50 pp includes 4 "white table cloth style" courses paired with 4 of Willett's wines and music by jazz guitarist, Joe Metzka. By reservation only, please call the wineryat 968-7070. There are only a very few tickets left due to a cancellation.

Sunday, October 24 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off. 1-4 pm Pre-register your entry by calling the winery at 968-7070. There are three categories: Traditional, non traditional (white chicken chili, vegetarian chili, etc.) and spiciest. Winner of the spiciest combines the best use of flavor and heat and contestant must be able to eat their creation; trying to ruin the judges' tastebuds with the excessive use of capsicum will not be tolerated. There will be a professional judging category and a people's choice award.

Saturday, November 14 An Evening of Wine & Sushi. 6:30 pm $30 There will be a variety of sushi to choose from to create your own platter. If you think sushi is raw fish or fish in general, this event will change your mind. Some of the food items we wrap up in rice would amaze you. The price also includes 2 glasses of wine. By reservation only, please call the winery at 968-7070.

Friday, November 19 First Annual Nouveau Dinner. 6:30 pm $22.50 pp Apparently conditions existed to make a Nouveau style wine (like Beaujolais Nouveau) from Willett's St. Croix grapes!! Enjoy this "young wine" along with a Tapas style meal, live music and the unveiling of our 1st Nouveau label by local artist Shawn Prather. By reservation only, please call the winery.

Saturday, November 20 Murder Mystery Dinner 6:00 pm $40 Per Person (pp) includes the show and three course dinner. Alcohol is an additional charge. By reservation only, please call the winery at 968-7070. This is a different show than the October show.

Sunday, December 5 Christmas Open House. 1-4 pm no charge Complimentary hors d' oeuvres. See the winery all decked out for Christmas plus the annual quilt display that has drawn quilts from all over and some being over 100 years old. wine & Beverages available for purchase.

Saturday, December 11 The Wine & Dine Experience 6:30 pm $50 pp includes 4 "white table cloth style" courses paired with 4 of Willett's wines and live music. By reservation only, please call the winery at 968-7070. This will be a different menu than the October menu and will most likely showcase a new Willett's wine.

Sunday, December 12 Chef Kevin takes a long nap.

Hope to see you around a table in Manito......

Chef Kevin

Monday, September 06, 2010

I've Always Wondered and Now I Know

It seems every day when I go to the mailbox, there is more junk mail than stuff I actually want. Well, I don't want the bills, either, but that isn't what I talking about. So, for the month of August, I saved it all, just to see how much of this crap I get. What do I consider junk? Anything I didn't ask to be sent. Things like catalogs that I ordered one thing off the internet 4 years ago for a sister's Christmas present (and other catalogs from similar orders on other things). Credit card offers. The PJ Star "Shopper".

Per my bathroom scale, it amounted to 16 pounds. 16 pounds of crap. Over a half pound of crap a day. Personally, I think that is excessive crappage.

4 ads from Comcast. 2 from AT&T. 2 from Direct TV sent to my business that I closed almost 10 years ago. 2 different dental office offers. A place I had my car serviced a few times sending me a "service notice" (which I found funny as they at one time told me the car was a piece of junk and I should trade it in) and several labeled "Friends at" or "neighbor". And my favorite: I could be part of a class action lawsuit that would net me $1.31...before the stamp to send it back in.

I read on another blog's comment section that a postal carrier delivers about 600 pounds of mail a day. I see why. If we were to reduce each households "load" by a half pound a day.....

I guess all this crap produces jobs. Jobs to plant the trees, to cut down the trees, to make paper out of the trees, someone to buy the paper, someone to need an ad, someone to design the ad, someone to write the check to pay for the ad, postage to be paid for the ad and it to be delivered to my mailbox so I can say "WTF is all of this shit?", throw it away into a bag made by someone else, someone picks in up in a truck made by someone else who hauls it away to a dump where someone else pushes it around with a bulldozer made by someone else.

Now I feel like a peon in a nasty cycle. However, I don't think I'd hurt the job market too badly if they skipped me.