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Dallas Wine and Food FestivalTo kick start the five-day Dallas Wine and Food Festival, the Angelika Film Center & Cafe is screening the merlot-bashing movie Sideways along with a gourmet meal served before the movie. The highlight of the evening will be Chef Richard Chamberlain’s menu paired with a Castle Rock Pinot Noir and Chateau Bonnet Bordeaux. For the full festival schedule, follow the jump. Saturday’s highlights include a seminar on wines under $15 from the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition founder Rebecca Murphy and a sampling of Rieslings moderated by Dallas’ two Master Sommeliers Drew Hendricks and Barbara Werley.

The 2008 Dallas Wine and Food Festival begins today!  Here are a few highlights…
 
Join the celebration April 23-27 at the finest locations in Dallas for five days of entertaining and enlightening events focused on the pleasures of the table. 
Wednesday, April 23 – Angelika Film Center & Cafe – Dallas
6:30pm – Dinner & Movie – $65 – Movie Only – $9

Gourmet Cinema – Always better on the big screen, the ultimate wine lover’s movie, Sideways is the 2008 festival’s featured film. Wines and a special dinner menu prepared by award-winning Chef Richard Chamberlain ~ Laetitia, Arroyo Grande Valley, Methode Champenoise, Brut Cuvee NV ~ Castle Rock, Monterey County, Pinot Noir 2006 ~ Chateau Bonnet Bordeaux AOC 2004

Thursday, April 24 – Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
7:00pm – $100
Rising Stars Chefs’ Dinner– Catch a rising star as you enjoy the award-winning specialties of Dallas’ hottest new chefs pair with Merryvale’s Starmont “Green” Winery.  Hosted by Troy Dungan.
Piper-Heidsieck Champagne ~ Merryvale Starmont 2006 Chardonnay ~ Merryvale Starmont 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon ~ Cascinetta Vietti 2006 Moscato d’asti.  Dessert prepared by the Mansion Restaurant.

Friday, April 25 –
Eddie Deen’s Ranch – 6:00 – 8:00pm – $30
Texas Salute! – Tip your hat to the increasing diversity, and quality presented by the beermakers, winemakers, rummakers, and local producers at this all-Texan affair. Try Azul’s wine margarita with Blue Goose Cantina’s award-winning brisket tacos.  Hosted by Cathy Barber, Wine and Food Editor of The Dallas Morning News.  Live Texas music from the Randy Brown Duo.

Saturday, April 26 –
Milestone Culinary Arts Center & Viking Cooking School, Ligne Roset, Grand Tastings Tasting Room, Aló
10:00am – 4:00pm – $35
Entertaining with Style – Concurrent DemosChef Doug Brown, Amuse and Beyond the Box – Sex on the Beach Salad ~ Barefoot Bubbly, California Brut Cuvee Chardonnay NVDavid Kimmel, Design Manager, Dr. Delphinium Designs – Architectural Floral Design

Chef Julia Lopez
, Aló – Peruvian Causa with Smoked Salmon, Shrimp and Avocado ~ Cockerell Family Wine Estates, Napa Valley Coquerel ‘Terroir’ Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Theresa Magee
, Cheese Expert, Sigel’s Gourmet Deli – Hand Selected Artisanal Cheeses ~ Martin Codax, Rias Baixas DO Albariño 2006

Chef Annika Sacher
, Jasper’s Restaurant – Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp and Blue Corn Grits ~ Masianco Pinot Grigio/Verduzzo 2006

Chef Vijay Sadhu
, Bukhara Grille – Kerala Salmon Curry with Coconut Rice ~ Charles Creek Vineyard, Sonoma County Las Patolitas Chardonnay 2006

Chef John Tesar
, Mansion Restaurant – Seafood Salad, Ceviche Style ~ DigiOr Sannio DOC Falanghina NV

Chef Weeryut “Oudi” Utedpornratanakul
, Flavor Asian Restaurant and Dessert Bar – Five Spice Chocolate Truffles ~ Baconi Alazani Valley Kakheti 2006 (Chef Oudi’s from Thailand with love, the wine’s from Russia with love)

Chef Sharon Van Meter
, Milestone Culinary Arts Center – Butternut Squash Torte ~ Casa Barranca, Madera, Wulf Vineyard Viognier 2007

Chef Ke’o Velasquez
, Kitchen 1924 – 2007 Rising Star Winning Dish – Peppercorn Melange Crusted Halibut with Baby Root Vegetable & Pearl Onion Ragout in Herbed Citrus Broth with Italian Parsley Oil ~ King Estate Oregon Signature Collection Pinot Gris 2006
 
Everyday Wines for Everyday People – Saturday, April 26
10:00 – 11:15am – $25

Sample and discuss a collection of award-winning wines from The Dallas Morning News Wine Competition priced under $15.  Moderated by Rebecca Murphy, Chairman, The Dallas Morning News Wine Competition.
Pranzo Italiano – Saturday, April 26 – 12:00 – 1:30pm – $55

Adelmo’s Ristorante – Three-course winemaker’s lunch paired with premium Tuscan wines presented by Giovanni Nencini from Italy’s Da Vinci Winery.Riesling on the RiseSaturday, April 26 – 2:30 – 3:45pm – $35
Milestone Culinary Arts Center & Viking Cooking School
Explore samples of Riesling, one of the fastest growing wine varieties in the U.S. marketplace. Panel features Drew Hendricks, M.S., Wine Director, Charlie Palmer at The Joule, and Barbara Werley, M.S., Wine Director, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse – two of the three Master Sommeliers who reside in Texas.
Aló and Goodbye: Antojitos y Mojitos – Saturday, April 26
4:00 – 6:00pm – Aló Restaurant – $25
Sip. Bite. Share. End the day, or start the evening, at Aló, one of the hottest new restaurants in Dallas. Enjoy contemporary Mexican and Peruvian appetizers prepared by Chef Julia Lopez and a Bacardi Mojito in the lounge.

Taste of the World – Sunday, April 27 – 5:30 – 8:00pm – $65
Stroll and sample award-winning wines from The Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, the largest of its kind in the Southwest. Bid on a variety of culinary and specialty items benefiting Farmers Market Friends.  Live music to keep you moving as you taste prize-winning wines, savor specialty cuisine and meet chefs from Dallas’ favorite restaurants.

 www.dallaswinefest.com.

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