Foodies from far and wide have probably had this on their calendar for some time. But if you appreciate great food and wine and you’re unfamiliar with what goes on at Kohler every October, there’s only one thing to say: You’re missing out.
The 14th annual Kohler Food & Wine Experience, the Midwest’s premier wine, spirits and culinary festival, takes place Oct. 23-26.
There. Now you know.
If your imagination does not already smell the aromas, hear the clatter of pots and pans and taste the exquisite flavors, you may want a few details.
At the Kohler Food & Wine Experience, celebrity chefs from New York City, Chicago and nationwide will present interactive cooking demonstrations where attendees can get up close and personal. They’ll also participate in several events, featuring everything from wine and spirits seminars and book signings to special dinners and a Sunday brunch.
Fans of “Iron Chef,” “Cook’s Illustrated,” “America’s Test Kitchen” and other national culinary media will see familiar names in the lineup, including Graham Elliot, Stephanie Izard, Christopher Kimball, Rick Tramonto and Geoffrey Zakarian. Fans of some of Wisconsin’s best restaurants will have the chance to learn from their favorites, including Green Bay’s Three Three Five Chef Chris Manglass and Sheboygan’s Stefano Viglietti, chef and owner of Trattoria Stefano.
Viglietti, for one, has had the honor of presenting his culinary techniques nearly every year, and looks forward to being at Kohler again. This year he expects to do a seafood presentation with tastes from the coasts of Italy.
“It’s neat to have an event of this magnitude here in Wisconsin,” Viglietti says. “You get people from all over the country and you get to meet people from ‘Cook’s Illustrated’ and people pretty high up in the business. We love it – it’s a blast, just a fun, adrenaline-filled day.”
Manglass, whose Three Three Five restaurant is open to the public for small plate delicacies on Wednesday evenings, once per month for brunch and for special events, has attended the Kohler Experience in the past. He will be demonstrating his art there for the first time this fall.
“It’s got a good buzz,” he says. “The festivities in the fixtures room are really put together. You’ve got beautiful bathtubs, beautiful people, beautiful food and amazing wines. It makes for a great fit. It’s definitely a good place to build relationships with potential customers or others in the industry.”
The action takes place throughout the Kohler resort, with demonstrations and tastings at The Shops at Woodlake, Kohler Design Center, Woodlake Market, Gourmet Marketplace at The American Club and Stella Artois Beer Tent. In addition to the culinary experiences, top winemakers will host more than 70 seminars on wine and spirits.
Free experiences are hosted at The Shops at Woodlake, Kohler Design Center, Woodlake Market, Gourmet Marketplace at The American Club and Stella Artois Beer Tent – with the latter pouring complimentary glasses from Stella Artois’ Collection.
Wednesday, Sept. 10: The Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce will host its September Business After Hours from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Vorpahl Fire & Safety, 526 Lambeau St. in Green Bay. The event will include complimentary hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and door prizes. Business After Hours is free to members and $30 for prospective members. Registration
is required. Visit events.titletown.org. Contact Carina Wilz, special events manager, [email protected] or call (920) 593-3419.
Wednesday, Sept 17: SCORE Fox Cities and Fox Valley Technical College will present a discussion on the Affordable Health Care Act from 8 to 11 a.m. at The Bordini Center at FVTC, 5 Systems Drive, Appleton. For registration information, go to foxcities.score.org/localworkshops.
Thursday, Sept. 18: The Sheboygan County Chamber is hosting its Business After Hours event at Route 43 Harley-Davidson at the Highway 28 exit from 5 to 7 p.m. Email Bill Marklein at [email protected] to register.
Thursday, Sept. 18: Progress Lakeshore (formerly the Economic Development Corporation of Manitowoc County) will host the “Pasta for Progress” event at 5 p.m. at Seven Lakes Golf and Dining, Cato. The event will feature a full Italian meal and proceeds will benefit Progress Lakeshore and economic development efforts. Registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 11. Cost is $50/plate. Call (920) 482-0540 to register.
Kohler Food & Wine Experience
» Oct. 23-26 at Kohler
» Tickets for the four-day event range from $17.50 to $87.50 per demonstration, with many priced at $34.50 (special wine dinners are $160). Complimentary tastings and viewing of demonstrations are available to ticket holders throughout the event.