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Comments & Curiosities: Food? Wine? Festival? Say no more

Comments & Curiosities

May 30, 2010|Peter Buffa

Are you a foodie? I am. The American College of Psychologists defines a foodie as an individual who is "…obsessive-compulsive, bonkers, gaga and at times downright loopy about good food and fine wine, more or less." But never mind that. All that matters is this – if you are a foodie, you have won the lottery, your stars are aligned, your ship has come in, backed out, then come in again.

Don't thank me. Thank the Balboa Bay Club and Resort, because the 7th Annual International Food & Wine Festival is just days away, running Thursday through June 6. Are you excited? I knew you would be.

For foodies, the International Food & Wine Festival at the BBC is the Super Bowl, the Oscars, the 4th of July and Lady Gaga's next outfit all rolled into one. Every year, BBC President and epicurean visionary Henry Schielein and his second in command, food and beverage master Dieter Hissin, conjure up a four-day celebration of food and wine that will make grown men cry and women sigh. If you miss it, you will hate yourself and be really cranky and maybe need therapy for years and years, which is very pricey.

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It all starts this Thursday at 6:30 p.m., with a Winemaker's Dinner and a salute to the wines of Washington state. Did you know that Washington is the same latitude as the French wine regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy? Neither did I. But it might explain why Washington produces some of the finest wines in this country, or any other, which makes the French really mad. The headliner Thursday night is Bob Bertheau, head winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle winery, which is in a spectacular setting about 30 minutes northeast of Seattle.

Are we forgetting the food? Are you joking? Is the Pope Bavarian? The Bay Club's essen-meister, Executive Chef Josef Lageder, will create a tasting menu featuring foods from the Pacific Northwest, and I promise you will never look at a salmon the same way again. Not that you spend that much time looking at salmon.

On Friday night, it's the "Seafood & Wine Celebration on the Bay," on the lawn, alfresco, first the sunset then the stars, maybe, depends on the marine layer, with fine wines from around the world and a jaw-dropping selection of seafood – smoked, grilled and barbequed, to say nothing of sushi, seafood friture and scampi so ginormous even the lobsters would cross to the other side of the seabed to avoid them.

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