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Wine and Food Highlights Ideas for Holiday Entertaining

12/29/2015, 5:44 p.m.
The Fireside Lodge of the William Tell Holiday Inn in Countryside, Illinois was the perfect setting for a Holiday themed ...

The Fireside Lodge of the William Tell Holiday Inn in Countryside, Illinois was the perfect setting for a Holiday themed Wine and Food that featured area's best chefs paired with wine and spirits from the top producers around the world. All of the "big guns" of the wine world were on hand, including Nicolas Feuillatte Brut NV Champagne ($34.99), Terlato Family Pinot Grigio from Friuli, Italy (($19.99), Fess Parker Chardonnay from California's Santa Barbara County ($16.99), Davis Bynum's eponymous 2013 Pinot Noir ($32.99), and the outstanding 2012 Vina Robles Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, California ($22.99), Palazzo Della Torre from Allegrini in Italy ($19).

Local chefs paired their specialties with the wines, giving patrons a plethora of simple ideas for New Year celebrations that included standard items giving way to ethnic favorites prepared and served with a twist. Chef Chen Villalobos of Cafe Salsa in Countryside prepared a variety of freshly made tacos, featuring flavors of Chicken Limon and Camarones A La Diabla (sauteed garlic shrimp in a spicy chipotle cream sauce), Natalie Espinosa of Bella Banquets set out a smorgasbord of Italian American favorites, Taste of Home Catering shared its opulent dessert display, as did TONI Patisserie and Cafe. La Buona Vita of LaGrange presented an array of Italian Antipasti and Emilio's Tapas of Hillside and Chicago served Spanish delights. Among the visiting winemakers was Elio Pisoni of the Pisoni Winery of Trentino, Italy and Marco Firriato from the Firriato Winery of Sicily's Mount Etna region. The international flavors abounded and gave attendees plenty of fresh ideas for enlivening their New Year celebration with festive new offerings from around the globe.