Have Plate Will Travel : August 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ruby Tuesday raises funds for No Kid Hungry




Childhood hungry is a heartbreaking issue that affects too many people in our community. Children who do not have enough food to eat cannot live up to their fullest potential. No Kid Hungry seeks to provide children with the food that they need to achieve a better life. Ruby Tuesday is joining with No Kid Hungry to raise funds and awareness for this issue.

Ruby Tuesday started its fundraising efforts for No Kid Hungry on National Lemonade Day (8/20). The company offered lemonade for 25 cents with the purchase of an entrée and served a total of 32,954 lemonades! What’s more, all proceeds from lemonade sales on that day (plus donations from our guests) benefit No Kid Hungry® – donations to-date have totaled $21,545, which will provide up to 215,450 healthy meals for children in need.

Ruby Tuesday will continue collecting donations to support No Kid Hungry through September 18, and will offer the following coupon promotions for any guest who makes a donation:

·         Receive a free kid’s meal with the purchase of any adult entrée (valid Sept. 3 - 18, restrictions apply)
·         Receive a free dessert with the purchase of two adult entrées (valid Sept. 3 - 18, restrictions apply)

Don't let childhood hungry hurt another generation of children. Make a difference with the help of Ruby Tuesday.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Talbott Hotel celebrates National Dog Day





Anyone who has a four legged family member knows that their dog can bring such joy to the family. From wagging tails to slobbering kisses, a dog can spark a smile on a dreary day. On Friday, August 26, National Dog Day,The Talbott Hotel will host its annual Doggy Fashion Show. 


The annual Doggy Fashion Show will benefit local rescue shelters Alive and One Tail at a Time. The evening will be filled with doggy fashions, pet adoptions and special guests. Special four-legged guests include Charlie the Golden Doodle, Lando the Husky, and Harper the Sheep Doodle.

To help guests unwind, the hotel will offer happy hour specials. The Talbott Restaurant will be available throughout the event. 100% of sales from the Two Brothers Dog Days draft beer and Bavarian Pretzels benefiting Alive and One Tail at a Time. 

From 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chicago pooches can be seen strutting their stuff on the patio runway in front of the hotel. The four-legged “models” are being outfitted with the latest fashions from pet boutique, Tails in the City.

The Talbot Hotel is located at 22 E. Delaware Pl. in Chicago. For more information please visit the Talbot Hotel website.



 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Olympic cocktails, Olympic spirit burns deep long after the flame goes out



As the Rio 2016 fades into the memory books, the Olympic spirit and celebrations can continue long after the Olympic flame has gone dark. Olympic inspiration has crossed over into many aspects of people’s lives. One easy way to keep the spirit alive is with an Olympic inspired cocktail. 

Whether your taste bud crave a tart libation or a sweeter digestif, William Grant & Sons has curated an Olympic themed cocktail that will quench your thirst. From gold medal winners to good sportsmanship, these Olympic themed cocktails are perfect any time, not just every Olympic year.



Which one will you be sipping during the closing ceremonies?


The Opening Ceremony
Created by Flor de Caña Rum
Ingredients:
2 parts Flor de Caña 7
¾ parts lime juice
½ part simple syrup
Method: Shake & strain into a martini glass.



Olympians Medallion
Created by Milagro Brand Ambassador Jaime Salas
Ingredients:
1.5 parts Milagro Silver
0.75 parts White peach syrup
.75 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
2 parts Blonde Beer
Garnish: Lemon Wheel
Glass: Collins
Method: Combine tequila, peach syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and add ice.  Shake and strain over fresh ice in a tall (Collins) glass. Top with a Blonde Ale.  Garnish with a lemon wheel.



Solerno Team Spirit

Created by Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
Ingredients:
1 ½ parts Solerno
2 dashes of orange bitters
1 part freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
Topped with 2 parts of sparkling water
Method: Build in a stemless wine glass filled with ice, stir well and garnish with a blood orange slice and sprig of rosemary





The Finish Line Gimlet
Created by Hendrick’s Gin Ambassador Mark Stoddard
Ingredients:
1.5 parts hendrick’s
0.75 parts Ancho Reyes
0.75 parts fresh lime juice
0.75 parts simple syrup
1 slice jalapeno (muddled)
1 slice cucumber (muddled)
Method: In a mixing glass, muddle jalapeno and add remaining ingredients with ice.  Shake and strain into an iced double rocks glass.  Garnish with cucumber wheel & jalapeno wheel.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

National Rum Day deserves a special rum cocktail

Every day on the calendar has a special celebration. Luckily, rum has several celebratory days. From National Rum Punch Day to August 16's National Rum Day, rum is celebrated throughout the year.

Luckily this August 16, rum can be celebrate both at a favorite restaurant or at home. Here are two way to celebrate with a festive drink.

Cantina Laredo:


Celebrate National Rum Day with a refreshing, rum-based summer libation. On  Tuesday, August 16, the modern Mexican restaurant will feature the Desert Pear Mojito made with Don Q Cristal Rum, fresh mint, squeezed lime and Desert Pear syrup for $10.25. 

If you prefer a variation on this  summer cocktail, Cantina Laredo offers an array of hand-muddled mojitos in several flavors, including: classic lime/mint; pomegranate; strawberry; and mango.


Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum cocktails:

As tiki bars become more popular and rum experiences a resurgence, rum punch can offer a more elevated, sophisticated flavor. The super sweet, unbalanced punches from older days have been replaced with spices, herbs and fresh fruits.

A key to any delicious rum drink or punch is the rum being used. While white rum, with its sweet flavor, is often popular, a premium, aged rum can make a better substantial base for a perfect punch. For example, Appleton Estate Jamaica rum is a small batch distiller that creates a premium rum exploding with flavor. Having received best rum accolades in several categories, this Jamaican rum carefully chooses its sugar cane from the estate to enhance the unique distillation and blending process.

For a larger National Rum Day celebration, Appleton Estate Jamaica rum has provided two a couple of mixologist Willy Shine to share two outstanding rum punch recipes by Willy Shine. These two punches blend the Appleton rum with delicate herbaceous shrubs for a well-balanced cocktail.


Estate Signature Punch (Makes 6 servings)
By Willy Shine

Ingredients:
  • 18oz Appleton® Estate Signature Blend
  • 2oz Benedictine
  • 9oz Sandeman Character Amontillado Sherry
  • 9oz orange/lemon Demerara shrub*
  • 18oz cold strong hibiscus tea
Garnish: Grated nutmeg and frozen peels and/or citrus wheels

Preparation:
Combine all the ingredients into a large pitcher and add large ice cubes. To prepare each drink, fill the glass with ice, pour the punch, and top with the citrus garnishes, and grated the nutmeg.

Make Ahead: Orange/lemon Demerara shrub (makes around 25 oz):

Step One: Oleo Sacrum
In a large mason jar, combine 1.5 cups Demerara sugar and the peels of 3 medium oranges and 2 lemons, muddle together, and shake. Let it sit for 3-4hrs. Add 6 oz. boiling water, shake until sugar is dissolved and let chill. Oleo Sacrum will stay refrigerated for a week or frozen for longer.

Step Two: Citrus Shrub
Combine 12 oz. of lemon juice and 3 oz. of orange juice to the oleo sacrum you previously made. Stir, strain out peels bottle and refrigerate until ready to use.

Tip Trick:
When making punch it’s all about the preparation in advance. Dave Wondrich has preached the use of making oleo sacrum in advance in mason jars and keep either refrigerated or frozen to be ready for when you want to make your punch. Citrus shrub is the combination of fresh squeezed juice and oleo sacrum which is the foundation of the punch.

Holiday Caribbean Bowl (Makes 6 servings)
By Willy Shine
  • 10 oz. Appleton® Estate Reserve Blend
  • 8 oz. Appleton® Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old
  • 9 oz. Sandeman Fine Rich Madeira
  • 2 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Orange Curaçao
  • 9 oz. Dave Wondrich Demerara-Orange Shrub* (recipe below)
  • 18 oz. cold filtered water
  • 3 lemon halves squeezed in by hand and rubbed around the rim of the bowl
Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in punch bowl, garnish with lemon and orange wheels and nutmeg.

*David Wondrich's Demerara-Orange Shrub
Combine in a Lexan:
  • Oleo-Saccharum of 6 cups Demerara sugar (6 cups sugar + peel of 12 medium oranges & 8 lemons)
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • Stir until sugar has dissolved.
Add:
  • 6 cups / 48 oz. lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 cups / 12 oz. orange juice
  • Stir again.
  • Strain out peels.
Makes about 3 1/3 quarts.
The Shrub will keep refrigerated for 2 days.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Homemade pizza transformed with non-traditional toppings

Pizza has been a longstanding popular dinner for families. Everyone can debate what is the perfect pizza topping. Some prefer simple, like just cheese. While others prefer loaded pizzas with tons of meats, vegetables and sauce. Even though everyone has a favorite, the traditional pizza can be an easy way to explore different flavors and try something new.

With the highly publicized announcement of restaurants serving breakfast all day long, breakfast for dinner is a hot trend. Although many people have had cold pizza for breakfast, an actual breakfast pizza can make for an entertaining dinner.

Rustic Crust, an artisan ready-made pizza crust, makes a delightful crust for a breakfast pizza. While the company has many flavors, the Tuscan Six Grain crust is good choice for a breakfast pizza. Transforming the traditional bacon and eggs into a pizza is simple and easy.

With the Rustic Crust ready-made crusts, everyone can have their pizza personalized too. The family dinner is quick, easy and everyone enjoys their personal favorites. Before baking the pizzas, families can set up topping bowls and an assembly station. Everyone can go through the line and a personalized pizza awaits.

Creating a breakfast pizza can be completed in less than 15 minutes. A few things to consider. First, par cooking (or half cooking) the pizza crust might be preferred, especially if using an egg as a topping. Also, some toppings might have to be pre-cooked too (bacon toppings should be cooked, not raw).

Here’s one example of a breakfast inspired pizza using Rustic Crust.

Ingredients
Rustic Crust artisan ready-made pizza crust, Tuscan Six Grain works well
  • 5 slices, cooked bacon, crumbled or chopped
  • 1 cup of mixed greens
  • 3 eggs
  • Shredded cheese (optional, personal preference)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Directions:
Par bake the Rustic Crust pizza crust (about half the cooking time as listed on the label). Once the crust is ready, remove from the oven and add ingredients. First layer the crust with mixed greens. Then sprinkle with bacon and cheese (if desired). Crack eggs over the pizza crust. Put pizza back into the oven to finish cooking.
The center of the egg should be runny. The idea is to use the runny egg as the sauce for the pizza.
Additional ingredients can be added as personal preferences vary. Other variations could be adding salsa, hot sauce, peppers, mushrooms, etc.

Basically, the Rustic Crust ready-made crust is the substitute for a piece of toast. The idea is to blend favorite bites from breakfast into a pizza. From breakfast to dessert, homemade pizza is easy and delicious with Rustic Crust. What will your family create?



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sip, savor & chill, Wine Wednesday at Macello

A lovely glass of wine can be perfect way to unwind at the end of the day. When that glass of wine comes with some delightful music and a discount the wine is savored even more. Macello's Wine Wednesday is a great reason to grab a friend and enjoy a glass or two.

Every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. till 10 p.m., Macello Restorante and Pizzeria will offer half priced bottles of wine. Focusing on mostly Italian wines, the wines vary from light and fruity to bold and complex.

To enhance the wine drinking experience, Macello will feature the band La Tosca.

Macello Ristorante and Pizzeria in the West Loop holds a weekly "Wine Wednesdays" event that features half-price bottles of wine paired with live music. Macello's predominantly Italian wine list (detailed below) is offered at a fifty-percent discount every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The La Tosca band performs live Italo-jazz in the dining room on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (or shortly thereafter as they are on "Italian time"). Macello's full dinner menu is available throughout the evening and table reservations may be reserved by calling
312.850.9870 or by visiting MacelloChicago.com
Macello is located in the West Loop at 1235 W. Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60​607. 
 

Macello: Wine List
prices are shown in full, 50% discount will apply to bottles

Sparkling Wine

Maschio Prosecco (Veneto) $10 split
Clean with peach notes and soft bubbles.

Villa Sandi Il Fresco Prosecco (Veneto) $28
Aromas is fruity and flowery with hints of ripe golden apple and small mountain flowers.

Villa Sandi Il Fresco Rosato Brut (Veneto) $30
Aromas of fresh berries, crisp acidity, dry, fresh and zesty.

Enrica Rocca Prosecco Docg (Veneto) $39
Extra dry, ripe fruit aroma with hints of fresh pears, apricots & green apples.

Taittinger Brut Champagne La France (Reims) $75
Elegant and finesse, richness firm and structure.


White Wines - Puglia
Leone De Castris Verdeca Bianco Messapia $32A blend of Malvasia and other indigenous varietals from Puglia, delicate fruit and with a crisp finish.
Botromagno Gravina $28Aromas of peach, white currant and fresh wildflowers.
Liveli Fiano $29Crisp, generous, bright and unoaked.
Leone De Castris Five Roses Rosato Salento $35Deep pink in color, raspberry, blueberry and red currant.
Miali Chardonnay Duemilaquattoridici $36Crisp not buttery, straw color with elusive green highlights. Fresh and harmonious

White Wines

Caposaldo Pinot Grigio (Veneto) $28
Bright, aromatic, crisp green apple, clean & fresh.

Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio (Veneto) $32
Delicate tannins of dried fruit and a gentle pineapple after taste.

Pieropan Soave (Veneto) $32
Light straw yellow with greenish reflections. Fresh, delicate bouquet with notes of wine blossoms, cherry blossoms and elderberry.

Pighin Pinot Grigio (Friuli) $38
Excellent body and correct balance, fruity and floral. Banana, pineapple and wisteria flowers.

Pighin Sauvignon Blanc (Friuli) $38
Aromas of peach melba follow through to a full body, with a juicy and creamy mineral character. The finish is long and fruity.

Donnafugata Anthilia (Sicilia) $32
Ansonica 50%, Catarratto 50%, elegant fruity sensations with notes of peaches.

Tasca D'Almerita Leone (Sicily) $34
Bright, straw yellow with green reflections. Bouquet of pink grapefruit, citrus flowers, white peach and pineapple.

Nozzole Le Bruniche Chardonnay (Toscana) $32
Tropical fruit flavors, medium body, finely-tuned balance and a supple texture underscored by a fresh, acidic note.

Moscone Roero Arneis (Piemonte) $49
Delicate bouquet reminding notes of pear, chamomille and honey.

Michele Chiarlo Gavi (Piemonte) $33
Pale gold with hints of green, delicately scented in bouquet, dry on the finish.

Michele Chiarlo Arneis (Piemonte) $38
Gentle citrus, pear, and apricot, with a bitter floral note that can resemble almonds on the palate.

Fontana Candida Terre Dei Grifi Frascati (Lazio) $28
Wild herb, minerals, white peaches and spice, with a crisp long finish.

Villa Solais Vermentino (Sardegna) $39
A complex aroma of tropical fruit with herbal notes. Clean fresh character on the palate.

Mastroberardino Greco Mastro (Campania) $38
 100% greco grapes, straw yellow in color with an intense boquet of tropical fruit and white flowers.

 
Red Wine - Puglia

Conti Zecca Primitivo $30
100% Primitivo, youthful, rich spicy, peppery flavor, bright & persistent finish.

Botromagno Primitivo $32Dark cherries, earthiness and leather.
Conti Zecca Negroamaro $32Intense medium body, smooth & supple, black meaty & soft taste.
Leone De Castris Salice Salentino Rosso Riserva $46Red berries, herbs and black cherries.
Rocca Dei Mori Copertino $30Elegant scent of fresh fruit with notes of chocolate and vanilla.
Liveli Orion Primitivo $32Aromas of ripe red fruits, with a smooth and pleasant finish.
Liveli Passamante Negroamaro $32Ruby red with sweet fruity notes.
Botromagno Pier Delle Vigne $60Elegant bouquet, tobacco and licorice, rich flavors of ripe red berries and spice.
Rocca Dei Mori Primitivo $32Intense blackberries and mature plums, with robust velvety tannins.
Heracles Primitivo di Manduria $38Instense bouquet od dark fruits, spices liquorice
Liveli Negroamaro Pezzo Morgana Riserva $42Delectable black cherry bitterness, firm tannins, long smooth finish with a lot of complexity.

Red Wine

Santa Martina Rosso (Toscana) $32
Raspberry jam aromas, with delicate tannins of fruit.

Frescobaldi Castiglione Chianti (Toscana) $30
Deep ruby color and intense aromas of cherry and red fruit.

Tenuta Nozzole Chianti Classico (Toscana) $38
Black cherry and plum flavors with a leathery finish.

Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva (Toscana) $46
Crisp, ripe, red berry and cherry aromas and flavors with earthy undernotes.

Cabreo Il Borgo Super Tuscan (Toscana) $89
An oaky complex wine, unfiltered.

Ripa Delle More (Toscana) $58
Super Tuscan. Ripe berry and mature cherry palate with hints of vanilla. Smooth velvety tannins and a very long finish.

Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo (Toscana) $95
Attractive spice of blueberry bouquet with an intense cherry note and long soft tannins.

IL Pino Tenuta di Biserno (Toscana) $150
Notes of cassis, spice and chocolate. Elegant, complex and seamless palate with silky ripe tannins and long finish.

Avignonesi Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano (Toscana) $59
Delicate and intense bouquet of cherries with slight scent of violet.

Luce Lucente Super Tuscan (Toscana) $45
Smooth ripe dried plum, roasted espresso bean with notes of green pepper.

Tenuta Sette Ponti Poggio Al Lupo (Toscana) $95
Black fruit and herbs with and intense long finish and smooth tannins.

Silvio Nardi Brunello Di Montalcino (Toscana) $140
Multi layered aromas, ripe fruit of dark cherry and dried plum.

Torcalvano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Toscana) $55
Vibrant cherry aromas with violet hints and notes of vanilla with a silky finish.

Sassicaia Bolgheri (Toscana) $385
Intense concentrated and deep ruby colored. Elegant, complex aromas of red fruit.

Serpaiolo Rosso Super Tuscan (Toscana) $52Wildly complex flavours of succulent red fruits, plum skins and leather.
Campo al Mare Bolgheri (Toscana) $59
Super Tuscan.  Aromas of red fruit and licorice. Rich flavors on the palate, velvet texture and extended finish.

Tenuta La Fuga Brunello Di Montalcino (Toscana) $130
Red berry aromas with leather notes on the nose & palate. Full bodied wine with a long finish.

Moscone Treanime Nebbiolo d'Alba (Piemonte) $45
Intense with hints of delicate fruity notes of black currant, cherry and spicy, oaky vanilla, tobacco and underbrush.

Moscone 15 Giornate Barolo (Piemonte) $95
Notes of dried rose petal, cherry and plum to sweet and spicy hints of cinnamon and vanilla.

Salvano Trabuch Langhe Rosso (Piemonte) $59
Full-bodied wine with sweet and velvety tannins.

Marrone Tartufo Nero (Piemonte) $29
Dry on the palate, well balanced acidity, and mature tannins.

Moscone C'è Dolcetto d'Alba (Piemonte) $38
Attractive spicy of blueberry bouquet with an intense cherry note and long soft tannins.

Michele Chiarlo Barbera D'Asti La Court (Piemonte) $79
Aromas and flavors of spice, ripe black plum, and black cherry.

Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano (Piemonte) $90
Dried cherry, chocolate and berry aromas follow through to medium body, with fine tannins and fruit finish.

Michele Chiarlo Barbaresco (Piemonte) $78
Beautiful nose of prunes, blackberries, coffee, cedar and spicy , Full bodied with concentrated fruit and smooth tannins.

Michele Chiarlo Barbera D’Asti (Piemonte) $30
Complexity on the palate yet is very well balanced in a classic Barbera style.

Brugnano Syrah (Sicilia) $25Intense ruby color, violet highlights, nose reveals scents of black pepper.
Feudo Maccari Saia Nero D’Avola (Sicilia) $49
Dark red cherry, spice and velvety on the palate with a long finish.

Donnafugata Sedara Nero D’Avola (Sicilia) $30
Spice with fruit flavor, blackberries and cherries with a persistent finish.

Manara Valpolicella Classico (Veneto) $32
Slightly fruity perfumes, together with hints of spices.

Campolieti Valpolicella Ripasso (Veneto) $39
Dark rudy color with black-cherry nose with slightly bitter hints.

Masi Campofiorin Baby Amarone (Veneto) $45
Full bodied and textured, characteristic of dried fruit flavors and spice.

SOL Luigi Righetti (Veneto) $52
Intense flavor with scents of ripe fruit and vanilla, wood character.

Masi Amarone Costasera (Veneto) $95
Deep ruby color,intense nose with hints of ripe fruit and cherry jam, with vanilla finish.

La Cappucina Campo Buri Carmenere-Oseleta (Veneto) $57
Organic wine. Displays herbaceous notes that blend with suggestions of berry fruit and spicy hints.

La Cappuccina Madego (Veneto) $36
Organic wine. Intense ruby red with purple highlights, hints of oak and berry 
fruit notes. Spicy after taste.

GianCarlo Montepulciano D’Abruzzo (Abruzzo) $25
Violet floral nose, with intense red fruit on the palate.

Garofoli Rosso Conero Montepulciano D’Abruzzo (Marche) $38
Elegant robust wine with soft tannins.

Tenuta Salviano Turlo (Umbria) $37
Rich pomegranate color shows complex and intense aromas of ripe fruit.

Agricola Punica Barrua (Sardegna) $98
Carignano grapes, aromas of fresh blackberries. Silky on the palat, reined tnnins and a fine note of acidity.

Agricola Punica Montessu (Sardegna) $59
Deep ruby color,intense aromas and flavor of black fruit. Full body with a velvety texture and balanced tannins.

Perdera Argiolas (Sardegna) $38
Intense ruby red, shows red fruit aromas of cherries and plums with floral notes and spices.

 
West Coast Wines

Whitehall Lane Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley) $38
Crisp and refreshing with layers of lemon and sweet grass.

Lincourt Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hill) $38
Red plum and cherry aromas with soft tannins.

R | Collection Cabernet Sauvignon (St. Helena County) $35
Fresh red plum & blackberry jam aromas with a soft tannins.

William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $39
Aromas of cassis, currant and raspberry.

Canoe Ridge Merlot (Walla Walla) $35
Smokey oak and berry aromas with cherry, raspberry and strawberry flavors, beautifully structured and wrapped in a silky finish.

Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $75
Dark red-black in color, the nose gives an immediate aroma of raspberries and warm baking spices, leading into cassis and clove.

The Prisoner Red Blend (Napa Valley) $95
The wine features enticing aromas of bing cherry, espresso, and roasted fig.

 
Interesting Wines

Novus Ordo Malbec (Argentina) $32
Spicy red with cherry flavors.

Hirschbach Riesling (Germany) $24
Ripe and sweet, loaded with apricot and honey flavors.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Summer entertaining showcases its patriotic side



From the weekend Sunday dinner to the Fourth of July barbecue, summer entertaining often has a patriotic theme. From the classic red, white and blue color scheme to American imagery, summer is all about patriotic touches. Adding a few patriotic themed items to any gathering can make the event more special. Here are a few easy ways to add patriotic items to your next summer event. 


Do your friends have a fierce loyal pride to the state of Florida? Maybe the Cheesehead down the street bleeds green and gold? Then again, the whole USA is ready to cheer with Olympic pride later this summer. Epicurean offers USA shaped and state shaped cutting boards that are perfect for summer entertaining. 

Epicurean cutting boards are made in the USA. Whether used simply as a cutting board or used as a serving plate, these cutting boards are made for summer entertaining. Serve up some Wisconsin cheddar on the Wisconsin cutting board or some summer fruit on the Florida shaped board. The Epicurean cutting boards add some flare to the party. 

Tovolo: clear ice and pop molds

A good summer party comes with a beverage or two. The key to a great cocktail is how it is served. The Tovolo Clear Ice Maker System brings both style and taste to your summer cocktails. The perfectly insulated system creates a controlled environment where the oxygen is pushed into the bottom, classic sphere, leaving the top sphere crystal-clear and ultra-slow melting.  With these cubes margaritas, bourbons and even iced tea tastes better. 

Since everyone at the party should have a little amusement, Tovolo has a variety of novelty ice trays that can add a little fun to the party. At a patriotic themed summer party, the shapes can have guests cheering anchors away. 

American wines:
From various regions all around the United States, American wine has such amazing variety. From California’s bold reds to Washington’s subtle whites, everyone can find a wine that they can appreciate. For a summer patriotic party, a few wines will appease even the pickiest wine drinker. A wine from Josh Cellars is a drinkable. a California wine. Sourced from regions across California, Josh Cellars is a bold yet approachable wine perfect for sharing with family and friends. For Washington the enthusiasts, Skyfall is Washington’s Columbia Valley.  Skyfall Vineyard Wines are well balanced between the crisp acidity, firm tannins, and ripe fruit structure, ready for immediate enjoyment. Don’t forget to drink the wine from your favorite Govino glass.