Don't forget: The Columbus Symphony Orchestra's Toast of the Town is 7 p.m. March 26 in the RiverMill Event Centre, 3715 First Ave. Tickets for the first food and wine event in Columbus, are on sale now and there are tickets available.
For just $75, you can taste signature dishes from area and local restaurants and chefs and taste some of the best wines in the world.
The deadline to buy tickets is 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Featured winemakers include Michael Affatato of Chateau La Gatte of Bordeaux, France; Terri Kight of Qivira Vineyards and Winery of Dry Creek Valley, Calif. and Torbreck Vintners of Barossa Valley, Australia; Fritz Stuhlmuller of Stuhlmuller Vineyards of Alexander Valley, Calif. and Jeff Tamayo of Tamayo Family Vineyards of Contra Costa County, Calif.
The featured wine critic is Jane Garvey of the Atlanta Wine School.
Featured wineries include Alamos, Altos Del Cuco, Al Verdi, Albet, Banfi Vintners, Bennett Lane, Bodega Catena, Bovin, Brotte, Ca Donini, Casa De La Ermita, CG Di Aire, Clayhouse, Cousini-Macul, Catamarca Imports, De Martinio, Duplin, El Coto Crianza, Elizabeth Spencer, Feudo Arancio, Four Vines, Frei Brothers, Gascon, Guardian Peak, Hugel Gentil, J.Lohr, KWV, L'Ecole 41, Louis M. Martini, Lucky Star, Luigi Righetti, MacMurray Ranch, Mark West, Martin Codax, Masco Canali, Mauritson Family, Mezzacoronoa, McWilliams, Michael-David, Monte Antico, Morgan, NO, Oak Ridge, Orin Swift, Paul Hobbs, Pearly Bay, Phelps Creek, Pieropan, Poderi Colla, Quady, Ramspeck, Riondo, Rizzi, Rodney Strong, Rombauer, Saintsbury, Santa Margherita, Schug, Steele, Tangley Oaks, Tilia, Trimbach, Twenty Rows, Whitehaven, William Hill Estate, Writer's Block, Yealands and ZD.
The one I'd like to try is Writer's Block. There are plenty of times I get writer's block. Maybe if I drink enough of this wine ... But I don't drink, so what can I do?
A cooking demo by Chris Hastings, chef of Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, may just be the highlight of the evening.
Taste signature dishes from regional restaurants: the Basil Leafe and C'sons of LaGrange; Caly Road Creamery, Roopville, Ga.; First Coast Gourmet and Fine Italian Foods of Atlanta and Jimmy's of Opelika.
Local favorites include Apna Bazaar, Ben's Chophouse, B. Merrell's, Brother's General Store, Buckhead Bar and Grill, Buford's Brownies, Chef's Lee's Peking, Ezell's, the Cantina Bar and Grill, Old Siam, Meritage and Food Blossom Catering with jenny Jack Sun Farms. Local chefs Jamie Gruber, The Market; Jamie Keating, RiverMill Cafe; Maurice Martin, the Village Kitchen; Tara Van Etten, the Pastry Shoppe at Lewis Jones and Morten Wulff, Green Island Coutry Club.
The silent auction will have a variety offine wines, trips and other treasures that you can bid on. Wines include those from Opus One, Quintessa, Silver Oak, Rombauer, Franciscan and Cakebread. Other items include packages at the Ritz Carlon, a guest house at Lambert Bridge Winery in California, a condominium in Steamboat Springs in Colorado, a villa ind Italy and a flat in Paris.
The Marketplace is somewhere that you can buy food and wine specialty items. "Stores" include Apna Bazaar, Brother's General Store, Buford's Brownies, Caly Road Creamery, Chateau La Gatte, Columbus Corner Bakery, Fine Italian Foods, Fine Whines, First Coast Gourmet and Noble Initials.
Toast of the Town will help support many of the orchestra's programs including educational programming, free and reduced price tickets for students and military, music education for adults and to bring guest artists to Columbus. The Young People's Concerts reaches more than 4,000 students in grades 3-5 every season.
Call 706-256-3640 or go to www.csoga.org
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