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Super Bowl grub. Kick it up a notch!

“What will you be serving at your Super Bowl party? It doesn’t have to be all about Bud Light and Buffalo wings!

We wanted to offer an alternative for your Super Bowl party this year so we brought in the food experts. The folks from Liaison College to offer up some easy tips and recipes to make this year’s party the best one yet. Food and drink is an important part of making any party a great one and this day in fact is the 2nd largest in terms of food consumption in the USA.

If there is anyone that knows football and food it’s Liaison College founder Rudy Florio, former Alouette running back. (1973-1977). Rudy played in 2 Grey Cups and won the trophy in 1974. Nicknamed “Captain Crunch” and Special Teams Captain it’s not surprising that food would be his next area of victory. Founded in 1996, Liaison College  is Ontario’s #1 culinary arts and chef training facility now with 10 locations. If food is your passion, you can become a chef (professional or just for pleasure) in less than a year, with hands on training, small classes, commercial grade equipment and a 90% placement rate your dream of being part of this illustrious profession 

This article was first posted on TheWineLadies.com in February 1st,  2010.

Award winning Chef Shawn Whalen from the Liaison College Toronto West
Award winning Chef Shawn Whalen from the Liaison College Toronto West

Award winning Chef Shawn Whalen from the Liaison College Toronto West didn’t disappoint us with 3 delicious Super Bowl party recipes. Chef Whalen’s Super Bowl menu is based on the premise that the party is going to be at least 4 hours long. Keep it simple and easy to prepare with little fuss and of course something that is going to offset the beer and wine that will be consumed at the party.

His three touchdown Super Bowl tail gate party dishes for this year; Snow Crab Cakes with Cajun Mayo paired with Finger Lakes Shaw Vineyard Pinot Grigio, Shrimp and Chorizo Rice Pilaf and Smoked Pork Hocks with Sauerkraut both paired with a Finger Lakes Shaw Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. All the three recipes are included here at the end of the article.

All of these recipes were paired up with Shaw Vineyard from the state of the New York Jets. A refreshing LiBella Pinot Grigio 2008 and stunning Shaw Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 were hand delivered, driven in to Toronto by Steve Shaw Jr., the Marketing Manager ( Thanks Steve!) for this small boutique style winery located on the pristine waters of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes. We were so impressed with the award winning Cabernet Sauvignon with its great depth and complexity able to rival some of the very fine wines of Bordeaux. Although sold only in New York State at the moment, the wine can be obtained through Shaw Vineyard’s wine agents and distributors and available across the USA. Contact Steve for more information. Shaw Vineyard

It is worth the effort!

Liaison College also has a series of fabulous YOU TUBE videos with great recipes and entertaining tips. Here’s a classic one…. Super Bowl Pulled Pork by Chef Mark Super Bowl Pulled Pork by Chef Mark Duncan.

 Chef Shawn Whalen’s Super Bowl Party Recipes.

Snow Crab Cakes with Cajun Mayo (makes 900 g or 2lbs)

Ingredients:

Metric Imperial Crab Cakes: 450 g Crab Meat 1 lb, 45 ml Grape Seed or Vegetable Oil 3 tbsp, 2 Stalks Celery, Cleaned, Diced Small 2 stalks, 1 Pc Onion, medium, Peeled, Diced Small, 1 Pc Red Pepper, Diced Small, 1 Pc Yellow Pepper, Diced Small 1 pc, ¼ bunch Parsley, Cleaned, Chopped ¼ bunch, ½ loaf White Bread, Crusts Removed, Diced Small, 75 mL, Mayonnaise 5 tbsp, ½ pc Lemon Juice, 100 mL Eggs Beaten 3.5 oz, To taste Salt and Pepper, To taste 60 mL Grape Seed Oil 4 tbsp, 100 mL Mayonnaise 3.5 tbsp, To taste Cajun spice.

METHOD:

Crab Cake: 1. Preheat non-stick skillet or sauté pan. 2. Drain and squeeze the crab of all liquid. 3. To hot skillet, add oil, celery, onion, red and yellow pepper and sauté until tender and soft to the bite. 4. In a mixing bowl, incorporate all dry ingredients including crab. Add mayonnaise and lemon juice. 5. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add eggs. Mix well to incorporate. 6. Preheat non-stick sauté pan to medium-high. 7. Form crab cakes into 75 g patties (or whatever size necessary) 8. Add oil and fry the crab cakes until golden brown. Check the centre of the crab cake to ensure a temperature of 165F has been reached. If necessary finish in the oven. 9. Mix the mayo with the Cajun spice Shrimp and Chorizo Rice Pilaf (Serves 6).

Chorizo Rice Pilaf

Ingredients:

450 grams Chorizo sausage, sliced into coins, 200 grams Shrimp, peeled and deveined, 2 tbsp Grape seed oil, optional 2 pc Onions, small diced, 1 pc Red pepper, small diced, 1 pc Yellow pepper, small diced, ½ pc Jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional), 4 cloves Garlic, minced, 2 Chorizo sausage, sliced into coins 200 grams, Shrimp, peeled and deveined, 2 tsp Chili powder 1/2 tsp, Ground black pepper, 1 tsp Salt, 1.5 cup Long grain white rice, soaked and rinsed 1 can Red kidney beans, strained and rinsed 1 cup Red tomatoes, chopped 625 mL, Chicken broth, 1 bunch Green onions, sliced.

Method:

1. Preheat a frying pan. 2. Sauté the chorizo sausage, to caramelize. Remove and set aside. 3. Immediately place onions and sauté until tender. 4. Add red, yellow and jalapeno peppers, as well as minced garlic. Sauté for one minute longer. 5. Season with chili powder, black pepper and salt. 6. Add rinsed rice and stir until mixture is well distributed. Add kidney beans, chopped tomatoes and chicken broth, gently stir and taste for seasoning. Turn skillet off. 7. Carefully pour the mixture into a rice cooker 8. Close lid and cook according to rice cooker directions. 9. Serve rice garnished with green onions. Tips If no rice cooker is available, place the ingredients into a covered sauce or stock pot and place in the oven for approximately 20-30 minutes or until the rice is cooked.

Smoked Pork Hocks with Sauerkraut (Serves 4)

Ingredients:

Metric Imperial Pork Hocks: 15 mL Vegetable oil, 1 tbsp 450 g Double smoked bacon, sliced 1 lb 1 Large onion, sliced 1 900 g Sauerkraut, drained 2 lbs, 10 mL Celery seed , 2 tsp 10 mL Marjoram 2 tsp, 1 tbsp Paprika 15 mL, 1 L Pure apple juice 35 oz ,To taste Salt and pepper To taste, 3 x .5 kg Pork hocks, trimmed 3 x ½ lb.

Method:

1. Preheat a large sauté pan or pot. 2. Add the oil to the pan and sauté the bacon in the skillet until lighlightly caramelized, add the onion and cook until soft. 3. Add the sauerkraut and mix well. Add the celery seed, marjoram and paprika and incorporate. 4. Add the apple juice and simmer for 5 minutes, season to taste. 5. Place a layer of the sauerkraut in the bottom of a Slow Cooker, add the pork hocks and add the rest of the sauerkraut on top. 6. Program the slow cooker to high and cook for 4 – 5 hours or until the pork hocks are very tender. Tips If no slow cooker is available, cook in a covered sauce or stock pot in the oven until tender.

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Super Bowl Sunday XLVII

Super Bowl Sunday XLVII Super Snacks

Super Bowl Sunday XLVII

Happy Super Bowl Sunday XLVII!

May we suggest you forget the beer this year and enjoy some vino with your ahhhh food, like a bowl of chili and a glass of Malbec, spicy chicken tacos and Pinot Grigio, potato chips and Champagne (celebrate when your team wins in style!!),chicken wings and Riesling or for zzzeee pizza a glass of Italian red! Hope your team wins!

Score a Super Bowl touchdown with The Wine Ladies TV!

What will you be serving at your Super Bowl Sunday XLVII party? It doesn’t have to be Bud Light and Buffalo wings…. bring a touch of class to your Super Bowl event as The Wine Ladies and their guests Rudy Florio founder of Liaison College,  former Alouette and Chef Shawn Whalen offer up a food and wine pairing touchdown! Whats a party without the wine? Also joining us from New York, home state of the New York Jets, Steven Shaw Jr. proprietor of Shaw Vineyards small boutique winery located on Seneca Lake  located in the Finger Lakes our neighbour and wine region just to the south of us. Shaw Vineyard- Wine is not our business it is our passion.

Super Bowl grub kick it up a notch! www.thatchannel.com/thewineladies TV

United Way Oakville

The Wine Ladies Holiday Special in support of the United Way Oakville. Highlights!

The United Way Gala, Otellos Banquet Hall.Nov 2011

The United Way Gala, Otellos Banquet Hall.Nov 2011

Several weeks ago we held the 1st annual The Wine Ladies Holiday Special in support of the United Way, Oakville at Otello’s Banquet Centre. It was a resounding SOLD OUT success with much needed money being raised towards the $3.6 million $ goal for the United Way Oakville.

Rudy Florio, President and Founder Liaison College introduces the grand prize of dinner at some for 8 served and prepared by Chef Paul.

Rudy Florio, President and Founder Liaison College introduces the grand prize of dinner at some for 8 served and prepared by Chef Paul.

SOLD OUT with over 400 people attending, arriving red carpet ready dressed in their holiday attire. In case you missed it The Wine Ladies TV was there to capture it all.

Stunning table decor prepared by Jackie Connolly.

Stunning table decor prepared by Jackie Connolly.

Many thanks to Liaison College Oakville and the fabulous students that prepared the most exquisite food and to Jackie Connolly for the fabulous decor. A memorable evening where the martinis flowed, the wine and beer pleased everyone’s palates all the while taking in the stunning holiday décor and holiday fashions.

Tom Jones appearance wowed the crowd!

Tom Jones appearance wowed the crowd!

Everyone had an amazing time. The entertainment rocked the room resulting in everyone kicking up their heels and dancing the night away. We would like to thank everyone that made it possible, including the volunteers and the very generous sponsors.

Our Sponsors:

Mary Cardamone, GOLD Sponsor. Many Thanks!!

GOLD: Chisholm Educational Centre, Mary T. Cardamone Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage, Liaison College

Jackie Connolly Interior Decorator, SILVER Sponsor. Many Thanks!

Jackie Connolly Interior Decorator, SILVER Sponsor. Many Thanks!

SILVER: Tag #5 Vodka, Cameron’s Brewing Company, Colio Lake & River Wines, William J. Macleod Barrister and Solicitor, Briarwood Cosmetic Surgical Centre, Jackie Connolly Interior Decorator, Otello’s, Splendour & Spice, IGita, Nzyme, Gem Limousine,

BRONZE: Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic Sports, Dr. Elliott Berr and Dr. Teresa Caplice, State Farm Darryl R Demille, La Strada fine espresso machines, Jonathan Quinn for men, Silkeborg, Many Faces, In Beauty Med SPA, 21 Minutes to Fit, Peter Bregg Images and Bella Fiore

We would like to thank everyone who came out.

Buy Your Tickets.The Wine Ladies Holiday Special in support of the United Way, Nov 11th, 2010

www.thachannel.com — with Hugh Riley, Georgia, Susanne Seelig-Mense and Randy Thomas.

Resounding success for 1st annual United Way Holiday party highlights with The Wine Ladies TV

Watch The Wine Ladies TV! 2:30pm Wed December 1st, at 2:30PM -3:30PM on ThatChannel.com

Several weeks ago we held the 1st annual The Wine Ladies Holiday Special in support of the United Way It was a resounding SOLD OUT success with much needed money being raised towards the $3.6 million $ goal for the United Way Oakville. SOLD OUT with over 400 people attending, arriving red carpet ready dressed in their holiday attire. In case you missed it The Wine Ladies TV was there to capture it all. Watch The Wine Ladies TV this Wednesday December 1st for all of the excitement.

Auctioneer and Rudy Florio Liaision College.

Auctioneer and Rudy Florio Liaision College.

Many thanks to Liaison College Oakville and the fabulous students that prepared the most exquisite food and to Jackie Connolly for the fabulous decor. A memorable evening where the martinis flowed, the wine and beer pleased everyone’s palates all the while taking in the stunning holiday décor and holiday fashions.

Tom Jones arrived and entertained us all!

Tom Jones arrived and entertained us all!

Everyone had an amazing time. The entertainment rocked the room resulting in everyone kicking up their heels and dancing the night away. We would like to thank everyone that made it possible! including the volunteers and the very generous sponsors.

Our Sponsors

GOLD: Chisholm Educational Centre, Mary T. Cardamone Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage, Liaison College.

United Way Oakville

The Wine Ladies TV interviews with Silver Sponsor William MacLeod — with Georgia, Susanne Seelig-Mense, William MacLeod and Peter H. Murray.

Some of our happy guests.

Some of our happy guests.

SILVER: Tag #5 Vodka, Cameron’s Brewing Company, Colio Lake & River Wines, William J. Macleod Barrister and Solicitor, Briarwood Cosmetic Surgical Centre, Jackie Connolly Interior Decorator, Otello’s, Splendour & Spice, IGita, Nzyme, Gem Limousine.
BRONZE: Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic Sports, Dr. Elliott Berr and Dr. Teresa Caplice, State Farm Darryl R Demille, La Strada fine espresso machines, Jonathan Quinn for men, Silkeborg, Many Faces, In Beauty Med SPA, 21 Minutes to Fit, Peter Bregg Images and Bella Fiore We would like to thank everyone who came out.
United Way Holiday event., Nov 11, 2010

Buy Your Tickets.The Wine Ladies Holiday Special in support of the United Way, Nov 11th, 2010

The Wine Ladies Holiday Special for the United Way Holiday Nov 11, 2010

The Wine Ladies Holiday Special for the United Way Holiday Nov 11, 2010

Get yourself red carpet ready for the holiday season. Coming up, November 11th, The Wine Ladies TV show “One Sip At A Time” will be shot on location at Liaison College, at Otello’s Banquet and Conference Centre. A fabulous fundraiser. The Wine Ladies Holiday Special in support of the United Way, Oakville chapter just in time for the up-coming festive season!

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Get yourself red carpet ready for the holiday season. Coming up, November 11th, The Wine Ladies TV show “One Sip At A Time” will be shot on location at Liaison College @ Otello’s Banquet and Conference Centre. A fabulous fundraiser,The Wine Ladies Holiday Special in support of the United Way, Oakville chapter just in time for the up-coming festive season!

Join us for a fabulous evening of fine wine, food, entertainment, great prizes and tips on entertaining for the holiday season, from wine, to trendy and easy appetizers to trimming your tree and decorating with the latest colours and styles.

This must attend event will have all guests arriving in style. Feel like a star as you walk the red carpet after stepping out of a luxurious limousine, and being snapped by a famous photo journalist.

Savour the culinary masterpieces of Executive Chef Paul Hoag of the leading culinary school in Ontario, Liaison College, Oakville campus while sipping on a selection of VQA wines from one of the stunning wines regions here in Ontario.

As for entertainment, rumour has it that Tom Jones, Frankie Vali, Neil Diamond and even Bob Marley will rock the stage for your enjoyment.

For a ticket price of just $25.00 support the United Way while enjoying all of the above plus a chance to win one of Santa’s sleighs brimming over with a variety of stunning wines worth over $1500.00.

For tickets call The Wine Ladies at 905-338-6797 or visit www.thewineladies.com

Over $10,000 in prizes to be won throughout the evening. Live auction prizes will include a dinner for eight prepared in your home by Chef Paul Hoag of Liaison College, a wine tasting excursion via limo to Niagara wine country, and your home personally designer decorated for the holidays including all the trimmings, and more!
All in support of the very worthy cause the United Way, help our Oakville chapter help our community, bring a little brightness to the less fortunate and shine a star just for a brief time for those in need.

Event Details
Date: November 11th,2010 Time: 6:30 pm – 10:00pm: 6:30pm-7:00pm red carpet/photo opportunities
7:00 pm-10:00pm: event program (wine, food, live auction, raffle, speakers, entertainment and taping of The Wine Ladies TV
Place: Liaison College @ Otello’s Banquet and Conference Centre, 2273 Royal Windsor Drive, Oakville, Ontario L6J 7X8
Cost: $25.00 per ticket (includes wine, food, entertainment/speakers plus 1 ticket for a door prize valued at approx $1500.00).
Dress: Dressy /Tres chic

Many thanks to our generous sponsors for making this all possible.

About The Wine Ladies

The Wine Ladies, Georgia and Susanne founded by entrepreneur sister team in 2003, take life one sip at a time as they share the splendour of food and wine for all and the wonderful lifestyle it entails.
Regular national TV personalities, columnists and hosts of their own weekly TV and radio show about wine, food and lifestyle these ladies share their passion and live life to the fullest and without hesitation. Their motto “everything in life somehow comes back to the vine” keeps their audiences entertained and informed.

Contact them at www.thewineladies.com or their Face BOOK Fan Page

The Wine Ladies Holiday Special for the United Way Holiday Nov 11, 2010

The Wine Ladies Holiday Special for the United Way Holiday Nov 11, 2010

Resounding success for 1st annual United Way Holiday party highlights with The Wine Ladies TV

Craig Peters, Founder Tag # 5 Vodka.

Sniff, Swirl and Slurp with Tag No.5 Vodka! Kerr Village Farmers Market, Oakville.

Tag #5 Vodka

Tag #5 Vodka

Engage all your senses.Tag No.5 is it!

Sweet corn based premium vodka with delectable treats!

What does a local farmer’s market, Kerr Village Farmers Market  and vodka have in common? Sweet delicious corn grown locally, the base for this quadruple distilled and filter polished five times vodka. Tag #5 Vodka .

The ultimate vodka experience!

We invite you to join us Saturday, Sept 25th, 2010 for a very special tasting event! Come experience the sensational taste of one of Canada’s finest vodkas made locally in Oakville, Ontario paired up with the delectable food prepared by Liaison College Oakville campus, Ontario’s largest trainer of chefs and cooks.

Richard Messer, Heads up Kerr Street, BIA.

Richard Messer, Heads up Kerr Street, BIA.

We invite you to shop at the local Kerr Village Farmers Market.

Buy your fresh vegetables and fruits. Then join us for a lovely culinary and vodka tasting at Coast Bar & Grill , 355 Kerr Street, Oakville, Ontario. Buying local is buying smart!

Explore and enjoy one of the most popular spirits today, that of vodka
Swirl and sniff? Does this apply to vodka and wine?
Is the “finish” of a vodka as important as it is with wine?
To vodka and vodka cocktails food pairing: Are the principles the same as with wine?
Optimum way to get the most out of your vodka.


There is no cover to attend the event and space is limited to just 40 people. In order to avoid disappointment, it is recommended that you R.S.V.P. in advance. Call 905-338-6797or email info@thewineladies.com (Kerr Village/Tag Vodka event RSVP)

Event Details:

Place: Coast Bar & Grill , 355 Kerr Street, Oakville, Ontario
Date: Saturday, Sept 25th, 2010
Time:11:30 a.m. -1:00pm.
Price: No charge

Every Saturday, many people spend their Saturday afternoon at the Kerr Village Farmers Market form June to October. — with Georgia, Susanne Seelig-Mense and Dale Roosien.

Every Saturday, many people spend their Saturday afternoon at the Kerr Village Farmers Market from June to October. — with Georgia, Susanne Seelig-Mense and Dale Roosien.

About Kerr Village Farmer’s Market

Now entering its fourth season at Heritage Square, in the heart of Oakville, this year’s expanded marketplace has something for
everyone – whether looking for locally grown produce, seeking seasonal ingredients for a favourite family recipe, or simply in search of a trendy community gathering place.

When shopping at the KVFM, you support local family owned farms, as well as independent businesses. This means you get your food directly from the source. Fresher food translates into better taste. And ultimately, better health. As well, precious resources are not wasted on long distance transportation.

You enjoy the most delicious, nutritious and reasonably priced seasonal produce, while meeting face to face with the very people who raise, grow and make your food.

In addition to providing the highest quality products, all KVFM farmers and vendors are committed to the long term well being of our fragile environment. And while some are actually “certified organic,” all practice sustainable farming methods – preserving the richness of their lands for farming generations to come.

The Kerr Village Farmers Market is open every Saturday, June 19th through October 9th between 9 am and 1 pm. This family friendly venue also features the Market Cafe.