On Sunday, October 14, 2018, SobeSavvy.com joined wine and food lovers for an experience known as Sip + Savor, which was held at DPAC in Durham, NC. Good Food, Good Wines, and Good Times is how I would summarize this event! It was quite the experience for foodies, wine lovers and anyone who enjoys learning and discovering more about culinary scene in the Triangle.
Last year I attended their inaugural event and was pleased to see this event return and sell out! This year in addition to food sampling from 30 of the area’s finest restaurants, paired with wine from around the world, guests could also attend a wine seminars.
Each year, Sip+Savor helps to raise funds and awareness for a local non-profit. The 2018 festival helped to raise funds for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and Band Together partnership. Band Together is a Raleigh-based nonprofit that uses live music to raise $1 Million dollars for a different nonprofit each year. Their 2019 fundraising partner is Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. The Food Shuttle’s mission is to “pioneer innovative, transformative solutions designed to end hunger in our community”.
New this year was the Lexus Lounge, which included plush seating, cigar rolling station and a Mixology Bar with Sean Umstead. I tried the ‘Bee Amazing’ made with Durham Beeswax, honey roasted NC Squash, Svedka and local ginger soda! Very refreshing!
This event was well organized and gave guests the option of taking wine notes and placing an order from the Wine Feed to pick up and pay for it later. How convenient!
Many of the Chefs used locally sourced ingredients to create some delicious dishes to pair with some amazing wines. The following Restaurant and winery pairings were found on the Second /Third Floors:
Acme Food & Beverage Co. + Orin Swift Cellars/Napa and Sonoma
La Residence + Louis Martini/Sonoma
City Kitchen + Votto Vines/Mediterranean
Clouds Restaurant + Napa Cellars/Napa Valley
COPA + Viña Pomal/Rioja
Counting House + Kim Crawford Wines/Marlborough
Crossroads Chapel Hill + Saint Clair Family Estate/Marlborough
Elements + Domaine Saint Landor/Loire Valley
The Fearrington House Restaurant + Jermann/Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Glasshalfull + J Vineyards/Russian River Valley
Gocciolina + LaMarca/Prosecco DOCG, Italy
Guglhupf + DAOU Vineyards/Paso Robles
Pickle Jar Cafe + Freemark Abbey/Sonoma
Kipos Greek Taverna + Pascual Toso / Argentina
Local 22 + Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard/Santa Barbara
Locals Seafood + The Hess Collection/Napa Valley
Lula & Sadie’s + Robert Hall Winery/Paso Robles
Mandolin + The Prisoner Wine Company/California
Mateo Bar de Tapas + Browne Family/Columbia Valley
Nanasteak + Banfi/Italy
Old North Meats & Provisions + Hope Family Wines/Paso Robles
Parizade + Elouan/Oregon
Pittsboro Roadhouse + B.R. Cohn Winery/Sonoma Valley
Saint James Seafood + Gérard Bertrand/Languedoc-Roussillon
Tylers Restaurant & Taproom + Biltmore Winery/North Carolina
Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe + Talbott Vineyards/Monterey
Live Music, cheese, desserts, bubbly and coffee were found at the On-stage experience, which featured the following vendors:
Carrboro Coffee Roasters (Official Coffee Sponsor)
The Mad Hatter’s Cafe & Bakeshop
Rise Biscuits Donuts