PASO ROBLES, Calif., March 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Ready to celebrate Earth Day every day? Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend, California's premier celebration of sustainable food, wine and farming, asked its renowned Chefs for their favorite seasonal recipes and wine pairings for an epicurean Earth Day event, any time, anywhere.
"Our Chefs are award-winners, TV personalities and all-around sustainable superstars," said Vineyard Team Executive Director and Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend Founder Kris Beal. "We asked them for great recipes that anyone can use to be seasonal and sustainable at any spring or summer occasion—and they delivered."
Each recipe was hand-selected to offer home cooks a go-to seasonal menu inspired by Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend. In addition, each dish is paired with Sustainability in Practice (SIP) Certified wines from wineries that may be pouring their creations at Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend.
Artisan Paso Robles Executive Chef Chris Kobayashi offers up a classic dish with as seasonal twist. His Roast Chicken with Scalloped Potato Risotto, Pioppini and Peas is a simple-yet-elegant centerpiece for your farm-fresh feast. Pair with SIP-Certified Cambria Estate Winery Chardonnay or Carmel Road Winery Riesling.
SummerWood Winery & Inn Executive Chef Kelly Wangard, winner of Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen, shares her Coconut Curried Cauliflower and Carrots. This deceptively simple recipe delivers a side dish to Kobayashi's chicken entree, or provides a zesty vegetarian main course for Meatless Mondays. Pair with SIP Certified Tangent Viognier to cool the spice, or SIP Certified Peachy Canyon Zinfandel to amp up the heat.
Brigit Binns is the author or co-author of more than 29 cookbooks, and her Dandelion Salad with Soft-Boiled Eggs and Crispy Bacon from The New Wine Country Cookbook really shows her chops. She's elevated a simple salad into a showstopping side dish or brunch main course. Serve with SIP Certified Castoro Cellars Pinot Grigio or Niner Winery Grenache Rose—each one is a perfect pairing for this swoon-worthy salad.
For the sweet finale, Chef Jerry James Stone of cookingstoned.tv demonstrates how to create Sparkling Wine and Flowers Popsicles. Easy to make and even easier to enjoy, these sophisticated frozen treats can be created with a Sparkling wine from SIP Certified Laetitia Vineyard & Winery.
Tickets for Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend, April 17-19, 2015, are on sale now! Visit earthdayfoodandwine.org for a full schedule of events, to purchase tickets and to learn more about this unique event.
Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend is the brainchild of the Vineyard Team, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has worked with growers on sustainability issues for 20 years. Each year the Vineyard Team educates 1,000 growers in English and Spanish, and administers the rigorous Sustainability in Practice (SIP) Certified Wine & Vineyard program. For more information visit sipcertified.org.
SOURCE Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend