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South Florida — By klynch on September 29, 2009 at 11:30 am

Gourmet Food, Chocolate and Wine Pairing at L’Hermitage Gourmet Emporium

The only thing better about eating great food, is eating it with people who are as obsessed with it as I am. Ooh, and last night was one of those nights. The snap, flash, tweet when every food item came out would probably make some non-foodies cringe, but we were loving every moment of it last night at our most recent TasteCasting event. TasteCasting? You might wonder what this could be, but it’s a phenomenal group of foodies (who are well connected via social media) who restaurants looking for added promotion invite into their restaurant or culinary establishment to do a tasting and we do our thing.

Lobster and Mango Mousse in a Tortilla Crisp

Lobster and Mango Mousse in a Tortilla Crisp

The destination last night was L’Hermitage Catering and Gourmet Emporium. Marci Boland, Executive Chef and owner of L’Hermitage and Christine Najac of Really Good Cookies gave us a taste of their treasure in Fort Lauderdale, and we experienced a sinful, yet oh so delicious night out filled with everything from Lobster and Mango Mousse in a Tortilla Crisp to the rich and decadent Really Good Cookies original chocolate chip cookies layered with caramel, chocolate and topped with walnuts. This gave us a taste of their wine tasting events that occur every other Tuesday evening at L’Hermitage.

The events take place from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and cost only $20 – that’s food and wine included. Judging from last night, they fed us well – too well. The next class takes place tonight, September 29 (short notice here), but if you do have a night free, I’d be running there and here’s the menu:

Really Good Cookies

Really Good Cookies

Wines to be served include: Layer Cake (Malbec, Shiraz, Primitivo), Yolumbo Chardonnay and Giesen Sauvignon Blanc.

For the food, there will be an international cheese, crack and fruit display, almond crusted chicken skewers, thai dumplings, and spicy Mediterranean pasta. In addition, you will have your chocolate craving satisfied as Christine brings out her decadent selection of chocolate cookies and brownies, and trust me, you won’t be able to have just one – try the original chocolate chip cookie and the brownie for sure.

Future classes will take place on:

  • October 13: Green Entertaining and Organic Wines
  • October 27: Ooh la la! The magnificent world of French wines.
  • November 10: Let’s wine around the world. Come with us as we go on a wine lover’s journey to places and palates unknown.
  • November 17: Party in a pinch. Learn how to plan and pull off a party in no time.

L’Hermitage Catering and Gourmet Emporium is located at 3045 North Federal Highway #38 in Fort Lauderdale. (954) 568-2383


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