On 21 and 22 July, Ed and I are going to California for a dinner at Signorello Vineyards honoring The Tuscan Sun Cookbook. Chef Michael McMillan has planned a scrumptious winery dinner, beginning with drinks by the infinity pool overlooking the grapes that are on their way to being the wonderful wines we’re drinking. Check the Signorello website: http://www.signorelloestate.com/frances-mayes-dinner.asp
It’s preceded by a concert with Joshua Bell–a not-to-be-missed experience.
At the same time around the country, groups will be organizing their own parties, cooking the same menu and drinking the same wines. The idea is that everyone links and comments and toasts together through Twitter and Facebook. Virtual dinner party! It’s a new, new concept pioneered by Chef Robin White. See her website for the menu and details on how to be involved: www.chefrobinwhite.com and follow her on Twitter @canapes45
The afternoon of 21 July, Signorello is throwing a pizza party and booksigning.
All this is associated with the fabulous Festival del Sole. For tickets see:
Of course, the Festival is a grand celebration of musical and culinary events over an eleven day span. Check their website for the full program. http://festivaldelsole.org/calendar-2012/festival-artists-2012/
Besides Joshua Bell, two of my favorite artists from The Tuscan Sun Festival over the years are Danielle de Niese and Helene Grimaud. Just superb! They and many other over-the-moon artists will be in Napa for the 2012 edition of the festival. If you’re considering a vacation in Napa, what better time to go? Through the festival, you’re privy to very special food and wine events as well. Plus, there’s the wine country!
Speaking of Twitter, follow me @francesmayes and Ed @edwardmayes. It’s fun–if you don’t get addicted!
Meanwhile, we’re in chilly Tuscany. Just had artichoke lasagne for lunch—not so bad!