A Community Affair
By Janice Zimolzak
Feed the Hungry San Miguel’s annual fall event is just around the corner and once again local businesses and artists are being incredibly kind and generous. There are far too many to mention here, but you will recognize or meet them all when you attend Food & Wine Fall Festival on October 18. The charming setting, the delectable food and wine, the sensual art, the comfort and decor, and the sweet, sweet music are all being donated so that a large portion of the ticket price will support Feed the Hungry’s childhood nutrition program in 29 rural communities.
Food & Wine Fall Festival
Sun, Oct 18, 1 pm
Dos Buhos winery
US$95 or 1,450 pesos
To benefit Feed the Hungry
The afternoon begins with a welcome drink and botanas. allowing guests time to enjoy the vast landscape, charming Dos Buhos winery, each other, and honored guests Tony Adlerbert and Howard Gleason. The main event centers on wine and food tastings. Five select local wines are paired with flavorful culinary offerings from chefs of restaurants as diverse as Aperi, Firenze, Andanza, El Pegaso, and La Virundela. In total, 10 of the finest and most popular local restaurants will be participating. Here is how it works. Tapas and Mi Vida will prepare the foods served with the first wine offering. They will be served with a Dos Buhos 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. While the foods from these two restaurants are of different cuisines, each offering will be perfectly matched to enhance the wine and vice versa. There will be four similar courses to follow. The wine tasting with each of the five courses will be led by a professional sommelier.
The live auction includes a Camaroon carving, a glass and iron sculpture by renowned local artist Ana Thiel, a Frida Kahlo rendering by Josefina Aguilar, one of Mexico’s most celebrated folk artists, and other unique and desirable items.
World-class musicians will provide the entertainment: Luis Gasca, known as the trumpet player of choice for West Coast Rock Royalty, played with Carlos Santana and worked on albums with Janis Joplin, Van Morrison, and numerous others. Gabriel Hernández, one of the world’s finest pianists, will join him. Hernández launched his career at 15 and was soon playing with Leon Thomas and Dizzy Gillespie. His latest album was nominated at Cuba disco 2015, where it ranked among the top three of the 210 competing for Best Jazz Album. The JK Rockets band will be playing the blues. Johnny Kay was also part of the advent of rock & roll, playing lead guitar and composing and singing for Bill Haley & the Comets. You all remember “Rock Around the Clock,” don’t you? Don’t forget your dancing shoes!
Food & Wine Fall Festival will be held at the charming Dos Buhos winery, just a five to seven-minute drive along the road to Querétaro. The entrance, which will be on your left, is just past—as in right next door to—Zirándaro. It will be clearly marked and there will be lots of parking. Festivities begin at 1pm. Tickets at US$95 or 1,450 pesos can be purchased on-line at www.feedthehungrysam.org, or at La Conexión Aldama, La Biblioteca, and FTH Trustees.