Normally I’m the type of gal that looks for the wines under $10. But, when I go out to the vineyards or I am looking for a bottle for a prix fixe dinner, I don’t turn to the sommelier and say, “Give me whatever’s cheap.” I want the good stuff, not whatever has a clearance sticker on it.
You don’t have to be a wine snob to go out and enjoy a finely crafted bottle of wine, and in Bucks County this week, you’ll be happy to find a few wine dinners and wine classes. And, if that doesn’t satisfy your craving for a glass of vino, check out these BYOB friendly restaurants in the area — feel free to bring those $10 bottles if you feel it fits.
Wine 101. Crossing Vineyards and Winery hosts a Wine 101 six-part series on Mondays at 6:30 pm, so you can learn to be as wine savvy as the sommeliers themselves. This Monday the class focuses on labels and classifications, and it’s $30 per class, which includes instruction, tour or tasting, and learning materials. Call 215.493.6500 ext. 19 to reserve your spot or buy online.
Dinner, Dessert & a Message from Beyond. Want to reach someone on the “other side?” Explore the unknown with Author and Spiritual Medium, Edward Tabbitas on Tuesday, September 26 at 7 pm. $80 includes: free parking, cocktail hour, three-course dinner with a glass of wine, followed by a group reading. For the full menu, click here. For reservations, call 215.862.2300.
Cinna-yum bun sale. Sweet, sticky, a bit nutty. These are the cinnamon buns you want to eat hot out of the oven with a steaming cup of morning coffee.
This could be your breakfast if you stop by the Central Bucks Senior Center to buy some of their fresh-baked cinnamon buns, handmade daily by the members of the center. You can pick them up all this week beginning on Tuesday, September 26 and continuing to Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm.
You can enjoy the buns plain, with raisins or nuts, or both. Learn more about the sale here or call the center for more information. Save some for the weekend, or eat them all as soon as you get home!
Bogle wine dinner. Join the Yardley Inn for a night of music and Bogle Vineyards Wine this Thursday, September 28. For $65 per person you can savor oysters on the half shell with pineapple and thyme, paired with a lovely Sauvignon blanc. There’s also braised beef brisket with onions, mushrooms and grits, paired with Phantom. Save your spot ASAP and call the Yardley Inn to make a reservation.
Food as a Tool of Diplomacy (and as a Weapon of War). On Thursday, September 28, Dr. Maria Velez de Berliner at Delaware Valley University will present, “Food as a Tool of Diplomacy and as a Weapon of War,” at 6:30 pm in the Life Sciences Building auditorium at DelVal.
Dr. Velez de Berliner will talk about what can be done to prevent war, restore peace, and address terrorism in a world that is full of conflict. It is food that is the one powerful tool that has been used to address these issues of conflict and violence. Her lecture will highlight major global issues impacting food production and availability. She will discuss how food played a role in peace negotiations and conflict resolution in places such as Somalia and South Africa, and more.
Dr. Velez de Berliner is a leading analyst and author of intelligence products and reports and has worked with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She has a master’s in public and international affairs, with a specialization in international security and intelligence, from the University of Pittsburgh.
The lecture is open to the general public at no cost but guests are encouraged to register in advance.
On the radar…
- Oktoberfest at Rising Sun Inn. Come enjoy Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 1 with an all-you-can-eat buffet of German fare. Lunch and dinner will be served, call the inn to learn more at 215.721.6350.
- Oktoberfest at the Lumberville General Store. Celebrate autumn at another delicious Sunday afternoon event at the Lumberville General Store on Sunday, October 8 from 3:30 – 7 pm. Click here for the full menu.
- Fall Brewfest. Be sure to grab your tickets for the Fall Brewfest at Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) on Saturday, October 28, from 12:30-4:30 pm. This event will let you sample the many flavors of fall, everything from ciders and pumpkin beers to sours and IPAs will be yours to sip. They will also have food trucks on-site offering treats to complement the beers on tap.
- Cocktails in the Castle. Nibble while you wander through the fascinating Mercer Museum on Friday, October 13. This annual event takes place in the Mercer Museum and features delicious food from local restaurants and caterers. It is so cool! For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
- FARMSHARE – Rolling Harvest farm-to-table event. Spend the evening at the beautiful barn at Gravity Hill Farm in Titusville, NJ on October 14. This delicious gathering supports the work of the Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, which connects local farmers with neighbors in need. Food, wine, beer, a silent auction, and other activities are included. Tickets are $90 and sell out fast. See here for ticket details.
- OctoberFEAST at Peddler’s Village. Raise your beer and bratwurst to celebrate the 3rd Annual OctoberFEAST in Peddler’s Village! Join for German food and drink, and live music on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 & 15, 11 am – 5 pm. each day.
And, for more details on any of our food calendar events, please go to our full calendar, Food Events in Bucks County, or click the “continue reading” link below.
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Chefs Alida Saxon and Paul Mitchell are planning one of their amazing menus for us on Saturday, October 21, 6 – 9 pm. You may know Alida and Paul from the Rosemont Supper Club and the Pass, where they created exquisite, seasonal and locally sourced cuisine.
Where you ask? None other than the former 1821 Steak and Cocktails restaurant in Upper Black Eddy. Think hip, cool and cozy. You got it. Details coming this week!
Here are some of the places we’ve dined since October 2014
The Golden Pheasant Inn (Erwinna, PA)
Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey Distillery with Jamie Hollander Gourmet (Bristol, PA)
The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm (Buckingham, PA)
The Hattery Stove & Still (Doylestown, PA)
Bowman’s Tavern (New Hope, PA)
Maize Restaurant (Perkasie, PA)
Quinoa Peruvian & Mexican Restaurant (Doylestown, PA)
Caffe Galleria (Lambertville, NJ)
Hotel du Village (New Hope, PA)
Hamilton’s Grill Room (Lambertville, NJ)
Lumberville General Store (Lumberville, PA)
Liberty Hall Pizza (Lambertville, NJ)
Royal T’s at the Mansion Inn (New Hope, PA)
Comfortfood & Kitchenette (Morrisville, PA)
Bowman’s North (Riegelsville, PA)
Wycombe Vineyards (Buckingham, PA)
Fancy Fig Café (Wrightstown, PA)
For more details on any of these events, please go to our full calendar, Food Events in Bucks County.
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