A Warming Winter Dinner Party
Culinary Instruction, Education, and Tasting
A 360 Epicurean Experience
With Chef Silvia Baldini of Strawberry and Sage and
Analiese Paik of the Fairfield Green Food Guide
At Wheelock Maidique Kitchen Design
232 Sound Beach Avenue
Old Greenwich, CT 06870
February 26, 2015
$65 per person
Registration is required for this event online at brownpaperticket.com
During the winter months, the place for entertaining friends is in the warmth of our beautiful kitchens. Say goodbye to the normal stress associated with home entertaining and instead enjoy the company of good friends as you savor a beautiful winter meal in the heart of your home that will nourish both body and soul. We’ll teach you how to host A Warming Winter Dinner Party step by step, including culinary instruction, ingredient education and sourcing, wine pairing and serving, cookware and tools, and kitchen setup.
“Kitchens are more than the heart of the home; they are the gathering place, and the ever-present entertainment hub for families and social gatherings.” – Chuck Wheelock
During A Warming Winter Dinner Party you will learn to prepare restaurant-quality, make-ahead dishes featuring organic root vegetables from local farms, sustainably raised meats, ancient grains, and organic fruit. Chef Silvia Baldini will share professional culinary tips as she demonstrate how to prepare each dish using cookware and tools from Cook and Craft and fresh herbs from Wheelock Maidique’s Chef’s EcoWall Garden. Analiese Paik will inform guests about the importance of sourcing high-quality, sustainable ingredients and share local food resources including retailers, farms, and artisan food producers. The tasting menu you will enjoy is expertly paired with sustainable wines from Old Greenwich Fine Wines, and owner Robert Petz will discuss both the wines and the sustainable winegrowing and winery practices that contribute to their quality and flavor.
Each guest will receive Chef Silvia’s recipes to prepare at home, an ingredient sourcing guide from Analiese Paik, fresh herbs from Wheelock Maidique’s Chef’s EcoWall Garden, wine pairings and service tips from Old Greenwich Fine Wines, and cookware and tool advice from Cook and Craft.
A Warming Winter Dinner Party Tasting Menu
Braised Chicken with Farro, Saffron Onions, and Date Chutney Tagine
Roasted, Cumin-Scented Root Vegetables
Caramelized Citrus and Preserved Plum Rice Pudding
Wine Tasting Menu by Old Greenwich Fine Wines
Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais Blanc
The Prisoner Wine Company Blindfold White Blend
Domaine Roger Perrin Cuveé Vielles Vignes Cotes du Rhône
Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Please join us for a 360 Epicurean Experience that will prepare you to welcome your own dinner guests to settle in and get comfortable in the heart of your home to enjoy a seasonal, family-style meal made with love by you. They won’t be able to resist huddling around the stove and offering to help with a small task. Everyone can help finish the meal, even if it’s just serving or garnishing a plate.
Silvia Baldini always dreamed of being a chef, even during her successful career as an art director. After 17 years in advertising she realized her dream by returning to school, graduating from the Cornell and French Institute and ultimately receiving a Grand Cuisine Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu, London. After working as a chef at prestigious Michelin star restaurants throughout Europe, Silvia returned to the East Coast and established her creative food group, Strawberry and Sage. Silvia has been featured in Saveur, the James Beard Blog, and has appeared on national TV cooking shows. Among her many clients are Bank of America, Royal Scottish Society, and Vista Caballo as well as private individuals, celebrities, food photographers and cookbook authors. Strawberryandsage.com
Analiese Paik is the founder and editor of the fairfieldgreenfoodguide.com, a 2015 Morris Media Group Green Awards Honorable Mention honoree and 2012 Slow Food Snail of Approval awardee. Following a successful career in marketing management, she attended the Institute of Culinary Education and studied wine at the International Wine Center. Analiese has served as a judge for the Connecticut Specialty Food Association’s Product Awards Competition for the last four years. She was featured in Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine as a “foodie who makes a difference” in recognition of both her current work and many years as a PTA volunteer advocating for better school food. She has been featured as a green food advocate and expert in Fairfield Magazine, Fairfield County Life, Stamford Advocate, Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, and Westport Magazine, among others. Analiese was a regular monthly guest on News Channel 8’s Good Morning Connecticut show for two years where she covered local and sustainable foods. Fairfieldgreenfoodguide.com
About Wheelock Maidique:
Kitchens are more than the heart of the home; they are the gathering place, and the ever-present entertainment hub for families and social gatherings. Wheelock Maidique designs customized kitchens and cabinetry out of their design studio in Old Greenwich, CT. Wheelock Maidique collaborates with clients to be creative, to stretch their imagination and visually create a more intimate gathering spot when designing their new kitchen. It’s the opportune time to express and embody what a client’s true desires and needs are.
Wheelock Maidique balances innovative design with individual characteristics that resonate with a client’s lifestyle. Each kitchen is unique and every detail is overseen and custom fabricated with the finest craftsmanship out of their workshop. www.wheelockmaidique.com
About OG Fine Wines:
Walking into Old Greenwich Fine Wine and Cheese is like entering an intimate rustic wine cellar. Customers are encouraged to taste and explore new wines. As such, free wine tastings are offered every day and they pride ourselves in giving customers the opportunity to taste any wine with our state of the art wine preservation system. All matched with one of Fairfield county’s finest selection of artisanal cheeses. Robert J. Petz, III CSW is the manager and a Level 2 WSET certified wine specialist. Robert comes off of two years as Fine Wine Specialist and AGM of Fairway Wines & Spirits, Stamford, CT. Robert’s strength is his ability to match that perfect bottle of wine to your menu items, at just the right price point. Robert is a resident of Old Greenwich, and when not seen on the shop floor or updating our website, he can be found fronting the Mom’s Band for The Old Greenwich School PTA.