It's become a November tradition: Paella. More specifically, lots of paella and at the Berryessa Gap Winery Paella Cook-off.
|Berryessa Gap Winery Paella Cook-off. |
This year we got fancy and rented a limo to haul 12 friends from Sacramento to Winters. That's a lot of party for one automobile, let me tell you.
But the most entertaining part was me going "fishing" in four-inch patent leather heels. Scroll through the photos to see what I mean...
|Me and Mr. T|
|At least Steven was paying attention!|
|Maybe I'm getting old, but that stretch truck limo thing was not a comfortable ride. Still a blast though.|
|How I wish this was a door prize!|
|The contest featured 12 or so local chefs. We arrived during the mass application of shell fish.|
|A traditional Spanish rice dish, paella features some veggies and little bits of meat (chicken, sausage, rabbit) and seafood (shrimp, mussels, scallops, calamari). I favor dishes with lots and lots of saffron.|
|And I "share" all of my mussels with T. Blech.|
|Sangria contest and wine tasting.|
|We strategize and send people to each corner of the room so we can get a bite of every dish.|
|Like so. About 8 or 9 paellas. Could barely tell them apart!|
|Theresa putting the moves on Deb.|
|While her husband, John, tries to move in on T. |
|A new addition this year: A couple fish-thrower guys from Pike Place Fish Market, which supplies some seafood for the event.|
|They tossed a codfish around the audience.|
|And promoted their new cookbook.|
|So I thought maybe I should try going fishing.|
|I got a minute of instruction. He asked, "You wouldn't let a baby drop, would you?" |
|The key is NOT to hug the fish close to your body once you catch it.|
|Slimy, slimy victory.|
|Someone throws a fish at me and my response is love, not violence. (HA.)|
|Corinne and Dan Martinez, winery owners and event hosts, honoring the paella champ who used squid ink and calamari to make black rice. Quite tasty!|
|Craig and Diane.|
|Steven and Lisa.|
|Deb, Tom and Father Jerry.|
|Annnd my codfish.|
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Labels: Berryessa Gap Winery, contest, Cooking, events, fish, Food and Wine, friends, humor, NaBloPoMo, paella, personal, Pike Place Market, Sacramento