2014 Sun Winefest

Jess and Me at Sun WinefestThis weekend marked the 11th annual Mohegan Sun Winefest, where I was invited to demo my Orecchiette and Broccoli Rabe and pass out Mama’s meatballs at the Chef Dine Around.

Sun WinefestMy marketing gal, Jess, and I kicked off Friday night at Jasper White’s Summer Shack, where Jasper himself served an abundance of fresh fish: mussels, fried clams, catfish, lobster… you name it, we ate it! He is the most gracious host and SUCH  a nice guy!

Jasper and Me at Sun WinefestI was so excited to stay in a hotel for a weekend-looking forward to a good night’s sleep and a day at the spa! But first things first: I had a chef demo to get to, where I made orecchiette and cavatelli accompanied with  broccoli rabe and sausage.

how to make cavatelli pastaDuring the demo, I got the audience involved in a cocktail competition. Our sponsors, Reyka Vodka and Hendrick’s Gin were kind enough to provide the booze, mixers, and garnishes. My two gracious volunteers mixed up some seriously strong drinks and the winner was lucky enough to take home my Spicy Arrabbiatta sauce from my HSN collection.

cocktail competition sun winefestAt the Chef Dine Around, I served up my award-winning meatballs with basic marinara and spicy arrabbiata sauces. We couldn’t pump them out fast enough, and the line was never-ending! Head over to Facebook to see the rest of my pictures, and check out my recipes from Sun Winefest here:

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