If you’re flying into town on your own private jet for the day or settling in for the season we’ve got some interesting events and venues for you to check out.
The American Fine Wine Competition is an invitation only fine wine competition allowing only wines in specific categories and price thresholds to be permitted entry. Now entering its fourth year, the American Fine Wine Competition is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious competitions devoted solely to fine wines produced in the United States. Wineries throughout the United States are invited with a majority of wine coming from California, Washington, Oregon, and New York. The fourth annual American Fine Wine Competition is a 2-day competition that will take place on January 16 and 17, 2011 at the Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale. The competition is between more than 600 of the finest wines produced in the United States. The judges, their credentials, and the judging system is detailed here on the American Fine Wine Competition website.
The competition is closed to the public; once the two day judging process is over a celebratory wine dinner and gala that is open to all wine enthusiasts, will take place three weeks later at the Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale on February 12, 2011. Honoring and spotlighting the competition wines, guests who attend the dinner gala will be able to sample and enjoy the competition wines.
Last week I took part in a blind wine tasting experience and dinner at Jet Runway Café in Fort Lauderdale. The wines we tasted are some of the wines that have been submitted into the American Fine Wine Competition. Jet Runway Café is a very unique venue, off the beaten path and a little tricky to find because it is exactly as the name states, a café on a jet runway. Once you walk into this hanger-esque building you cannot help but be in awe of your surroundings. A restaurant in the middle of a runway with oversized windows boasting views of private jets parked, taxiing, landing and taking off; an amazing sight. Jet Runway Café is the sister food and beverage operation to the highly regarded Silver Lining Catering. We had the opportunity to enjoy the sumptuous food of the Silver Lining kitchens from seafood, to pasta to beef all expertly paired with the wines entered into the competition. Our five course menu for the evening was
Lobster, Crab and Coconut Ceviche. Poached Lobster and King Crab marinated in citrus with pickled coconut and olive oil. Paired with Chardonnay from these wineries Phelps Creek; Castillo de Amorosa; Deerfield; Mattebella
Crisped Pan Seared Salmon with braised red cabbage and parsnip puree with a balsamic reduction. Paired with Pinot Noir from these wineries – Russian Hill; Z’IVO; Gauthier; Papapietro
Hand Rolled 3 Mushroom Ravioli with a pesto cream sauce, a Cabernet reduction and topped with fresh herbs. Paired with Cabernet Sauvignon from these wineries Pope Valley; Mithra; Seven Hills; Barnett
Syrah Braised Short Rib with a sage infused winter root vegetables hash. Paired with Syrah from these wineries Michael-David Earthquake; Bianchi; Brochelle; Hyde Vineyard
And completing our dinner was a delightful array of Viennese desserts and fresh fruit.
I’m still so pleasantly surprised to have discovered Jet Runway Café, the five course wine dinner was one thing and now knowing that they are open for breakfast and lunch at very affordable prices; breakfast prices start at $5 and lunch prices start at $8. Jet Runway Café is definitely in the flight plan for a great meeting place with dynamic ambiance. Jet Runway Café is closed for dinner as they host private dining events (similar to the one I went to) in their dining room for up to 80 people. It’s always the hidden jewels that have so much to offer, you just have to find them. Jet Runway Café 5540 NW 21st Terrace Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 (954) 958-9900. Click here to view the photos from the dinner.
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