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Our National Sales Team are BUSY people traveling the country (and world) experiencing some very special food and drink treasures. This blog series highlights some of their favorite restaurants, people, places from the field. To read the first post, featuring Erik McLaughlin's recommendations, click here
Mandie Silver is the newest member of our National Sales Team,managing the eastern part of the United States, no easy task! Here are her picks:
- Stop at Stew Leonard’s during a visit to Connecticut (55 Westport Avenue Norwalk, CT) for a specialty grocery experience like no other – enjoy singing banana ripening displays, rice cake poppers, a milk bottling line compete with pasteurization, a talking moo-cow, and across the street their own fabulous fine wine cellar and spectacular everyday wine selection featuring Willamette Valley Vineyards wines! http://www.stewleonards.com/ DELAWARE
- The Buttery (102 2nd St, Lewes) One who has attended culinary education knows that all good things are prepared with real butter, or at least rich flavor, and what better than a restaurant which focuses on such richness! With a rich, warm and inviting atmosphere your tastebuds tingle with flavor in an atmosphere of "accessible elegance." Enjoy an exquisite outdoor meal at The Veranda within this Mid-Atlantic Garden of Eden. Or perhaps a bottle of Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir by the fireside at dinner. Famous dishes include Buttery Seafood Chowder-Rich and Creamy with Fresh Cod, Shrimp and Clams or the Duo of Duck Confit and Grilled Duck Breast-Tart Cherry Honey Glaze, Braised Red Cabbage, Organic Golden Quinoa & Spiced Compound Butter. http://www.butteryrestaurant.com/FLORIDA
- Valentino’s (1145 Federal Hwy Ft. Lauderdale) is a family owned and operated spectacular twist on traditional Italian ingredients with true culinary flair by Chef Giovanni Rocchio. Experience features like grilled calamari with artichokes and sautéed tomatoes or perhaps a super ravioli homemade pasta pocket filled with a soft boiled egg and Italian ham bursting with flavor! http://www.valentinoscucinaitaliana.com/GEORGIA
- Check out Hinton’s Wine Shoppe-(8455 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Alpharetta). The owner, Chris Hinton is a retired NFL Colts, Falcons, and Vikings player, 7 time all pro defensive lineman. This eclectic shop is a wine lover’s dream to find their favorite bottle selection along with a wine tasting bar adjacent to the store called Hinton’s Wine Bar 75 to enjoy a cru-vinet held wine by the glass or host your next suare. http://www.thewinestoreinc.com/ MAINE-
Talk about sustainable! Fore Street (288 Fore Street Portland) with their philosophy that “good food travels the shortest possible distance between the farm and the table,” is founded upon the very best raw materials from a community of Maine farmers, fishermen, foragers, and cheesemakers. Most of the restaurant’s Maine foods are organically grown or harvested wild, each brought to Fore Street at the peak of its season. Their cooks are constantly inspired and excited by the variety and taste of these local ingredients. The restaurant also focuses on specialty and exclusive wine selections and an ever changing by the glass selection. http://www.forestreet.biz/MARYLAND- For those hoping to taste a bit of the South in the North you will not be disappointed at Langermann's(2400 Boston Street Baltimore, MD)with such specialties as Fried Green Tomatoes with Chow Chow and Shrimp and Grits with shallots, tomatoes and andouille sausage in a buttery clam broth you are right at home!www.langermanns.comMASSACHUSETTS
- The Student Prince (8 Fort Street, Springfield) is a downtown Springfield institution and must dine restaurant. The Student Prince features traditional German food since 1935, taking its name, as the restaurant's helpful place mats explain, from a lighthearted opera about student life in Old Heidelberg. Who could go wrong with Fried Camembert Cheese, Clams Casino and every kind of Schnitzel imaginable?! http://www.studentprince.com/ NEW HAMPSHIRE
- At The Centennial (96 Pleasant Street ,Concord) you will experience “New American” style cooking. Chef Matt Lee focuses on local NH ingredients tossed with Caribbean, Pacific Rim and Latino pizzazz. The Centennial is a landmark lodging alternative, modern, urban-contemporary with nuances of Queen Anne Victorian decor, and all nowaday comforts with the building’s original architectural charm. http://www.graniterestaurant.com/ NEW JERSEY
- Rat's Restaurant (16 Fairgrounds Road Hamilton) is reminiscent of a classic Renaissance village and is the beautiful replication of impressionist Claude Monet's own hometown of Giverny. Within 35 acre grounds of sculpture is a gorgeous picnicking park or enjoy a fabulous lunch or dinner at Rat’s Restaurant named for the Kenneth Grahame's classic, The Wind in the Willows, with the character Ratty who in the story was known as the ultimate host. http://www.groundsforsculpture.org/ NEW YORK
- Saratoga Springs-If you’re planning a special event you will want to check out The Olde Bryan Inn (123 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs). It’s charming facility and façade of a small neighborhood complete with outdoor fountains and mingling reception areas and beautiful guestrooms make for a memorable fiesta! Check this out early as they are the numero uno destination for wedding weekends in Upstate NY! www.oldebryaninn.com NORTH CAROLINA
- Don't miss the newest craze- MEZ (210 E.Trade St. Epicentre E 290, Charlotte)- the slogan “EAT. STAY. PLAY.” really says it all with eclectic fusion cuisine, three full bar floor levels complete with night life, music, and a full scale movie theater in downtown Charlotte. http://www.mezcharlotte.com/PENNSYLVANIA
- For the wine and culinary aficionado, investigate Dettera (129 E. Butler Avenue, Ambler) the original home of the award winning “le verre du vin” wine preservation system which keeps wine fresh and delicious by the glass and eclectic “Progressive American” succulent dishes like Oysters with Cassis Mignonette Sauce, Porcini Dusted Black Cod, and Kansas City Veal Sirloin with mushroom Bordelaise sauce. http://www.dettera.com/ RHODE ISLAND
- Newport 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille (Newport Waterfront) is the most interesting Newport find. It features USDA Prime beef, New England's finest seafood, an artisan slider bar, and is complemented by an award-winning wine list. Notably, they believe in “Utilizing locally grown, organic produce in dishes supports the local farming industry, enhances the connection between the plate and its source, and ultimately increases the quality of the culinary experience. Also, they utilize only the fresh fish delivered from regional and international fishmongers which is referred to as ‘Top of the Catch’ selection. http://www.22bowens.com/SOUTH CAROLINA
- As the Golf Mecca of the US, Myrtle Beach is the home to Greg Norman’s Australian Grille (4930 Hwy 17 S Barefoot Landing) and the famed golfer “the Shark” showcases delicious fried calamari with a sweet and sour chili glaze, wood fired steaks such as Sirloin au Poivre, Grilled Veal Chop with roasted red pepper risotto, and Dijon Crusted Rack of Lamb. Greg Norman’s has a spectacular bar and dining room and a fully heated outside deck dining area to view the beautiful Intercoastal waterway, and Director and collector Peter Dombrowski’s award winning wine cellar with an amazing Australian selection! Make sure your golf group enjoys this fun highlight bar/restaurant of Myrtle Beach. http://www.shark.com/VERMONT
- Three Tomatoes Trattoria- (83 Church Street, Burlington) motto is “Be Smart. Eat Well. Enjoy Your Day.” Who needs better advice than this? Located at the Church Street Marketplace in downtown Burlington for more than 15 years, this rustic Italian restaurant is open at lunch and dinner boasting a plethora of tasty vegetarian selections, wood fired pizzas and tomato pies with a notable wine selection. http://www.threetomatoestrattoria.com/ VIRGINIA
- El Pollo Rico (932 N. Kenmore St. Arlington) “Always a Crowd and Always a Bargain” and “Better than Lima” are great descriptors for this place! For the most fabulous Peruvian Chicken you have ever even imagined and a line that goes out the door and wraps around the block. The fried yucca and homemade slaw and rotisseried special Peruvian marinated birds are mouthwatering! http://www.ilovethischicken.com/WASHINGTON D.C.-
Enjoy a true Tuscan dining experience at Ristorante iRicchi (1220 19th St. NW) with my favorite homemade specialties- to die for fried calamari, mouthwatering papa soup-fresh tomatoes, garlic, and bread, wood fired lamb chops with rosemary, succulent on the bone pork loin, and house made meringatas and the best Italian wine list in town! http://www.irrichi.net/ WEST VIRGINIA
- Sargasso of Morgantown Restaurant & Bar (215 Don Knott's Blvd Morgantown) features such items as Bite Size Twice Baked Potatoes with candied bacon, porcini mushroom, and aged cheddar and Braised Short Rib Pappardelle Pasta homemade pasta with short ribs slowly braised in fennel, cumin, orange zest, garlic, onion, parsley and oregano tomato sauce. Sargasso is North Central West Virginia's premier dining destination with Chef Simon Poulin . Sargasso is Morgantown’s only “world fusion” restaurant, which incorporates influences from multiple cultures, Caribbean, French, Italian, Asian, and Continental cuisine. http://www.dinesargasso.com/
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Our National Sales Team are BUSY people traveling the country (and world) experiencing some very special food and drink treasures. I love hearing their stories, so this is the first blog post in a series highlighting some of their favorite restaurants, people, places from the field.
Who better to start us off than Erik McLaughlin, our National Sales Director!
- Bardenay was America’s first Micro-Distillery/Restaurant. They now have two locations in the Boise area and one in the Northern resort town of Coeur d’Alene. Of course, one must start the evening with a signature cocktail made from their house distilled Gin, Rum, or Vodka, but wine is no second thought for these lovers of the spirits. Owner Kevin Settles and Wine Director Cindy Limber have produced one of the Northwest’s best wine lists with many selections of outstanding Oregon wines. www.bardenay.com
- In 1919 Alfred Heimer, Buffalo Bill Cody’s Chef, opened The Rex Hotel and Restaurant in Billings, Montana with the financial backing of his previous employer. For the past 91 years, The Rex has been the place for great food, cold beer, and fine wine in Montana. www.therexbillings.com
- August Spier and Alan Hirschfield have created not only a landmark restaurant in Jackson Hole, Wyoming at their Snake River Grill, but along with Executive Chef Jeff Drew they are offering some of the best Rustic Fine Dining you will find in America. Make sure to enjoy a glass of Willamette Valley Riesling, that they pour when you order my favorite entrée, Jeff’s immaculately executed pan seared Steelhead Salmon served with house made Dumplings. www.snakerivergrill.com
- The Goldener Hirsch, located mid-mountain in Deer Valley, Utah, is where those in the know stay when they come to ski of the best snow on earth. You don’t have to stay overnight though to indulge a little at the restaurant at Goldener Hirsch. While there, make sure to enjoy a bit of Oregon with our Whole Cluster Pinot Noir which is served by the Glass. www.goldenerhirschinn.com
- Great skiing, high fashion, and superb sushi are the calling cards of Aspen, Colorado. Takah Sushi is the underground hot spot for sushi frequented by the local cognoscenti and tourists alike. Skip the Sapporo when you go to Takah Sushi though, as their sommelier, Kian Loo, has assembled an outstanding wine list, prominently featuring many Oregon wines, and he knows how to pair them with the best sushi from the sea. www.takahsushi.com
- Andaz in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is a gorgeous kaleidoscope of architecture, history, and San Diego culture. Enjoy some of the world’s finest wines, including ours, served by the taste, half-glass, or full-glass in their “Ivy Wine Bar” from their 88 selection wine preservation/dispensing system. Then head up to the “Ivy Rooftop” to enjoy a beautiful sunset and San Diego’s legendary weather before heading back down to dance the night away in the “Ivy Nightclub” with all the beautiful people of San Diego. www.sandiego.andaz.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/
What do you think about Erik's picks? Have a place you think Erik should check out? Leave a comment!
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