Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Pedalling for Pinot: Fête d’Eté Dinner Blends Wine and Biking

Photo by Sarah Murray
Anne Amie Vineyards, a small, family owned winery in Willamette Valley, Oregon, will be visiting our region for their annual sales call.

This year, they will offer a twist on the traditional winemaker dinners. Instead of five courses in one restaurant, they will host a series of progressive bicycle winemaker dinners. In each city, Anne Amie will travel between four or five restaurants in general proximity, atop bicycles, with the entire group in tow. This should offer not only a unique and incredibly joyful experience but a fresh look at the fabric of each city. Kimberley McLeod (National Sales Manager) and Thomas Houseman (Winemaker) wanted to bring an element of Portland, Oregon, to the Great Lakes.

The dinner is scheduled on Tuesday, May 15, in Toledo. Stops include: Toledo Museum of Art, Mancy’s Steakouse, Real Seafood Company, Rockwell’s at the Oliver House and Registry Bistro. This is a ride through the largest contiguous Victorian Neighborhood and over the Maumee River.

The event has been embraced by each of the restaurant communities, and everyone has worked together to bring youth and energy to a format that can often seem stuffy or intimidating. Each dinner is $75 all inclusive and comes with a t-shirt with the Fête d’Été logo for the event and the “tour dates”. Ticket information for the Toledo event is available here.

Fête d’Été means summer party and there is a sort of magic in the air this time of year and a hunger to be outside. The ride, very casual in nature, will encompass no more than seven total miles round trip. Guests are expected to provide their own bicycle.

 The full schedule is:

  • May 14, Ann Arbor: Vinology, Sava’s, The Earle, Palio.
  • May 15, Toledo: The Toledo Museum of Art, Mancy’s Steak House, Real Seafood Co., Rockwell’s at the Oliver House, Registry Bistro.
  • May 16, Cleveland: Flying Fig, Fat Cats, Ginko, Noodlecat, SOHO Kitchen & Bar.
  • May 17, Columbus: Barrel & Bottle, Alana’s, Till, Rigsby’s Kitchen.
Tickets can be purchased at www.anneamie.com/biketour. Tours are limited to 30 cyclists, so early reservations are encouraged.

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