Posts Tagged ‘Fairbanks’

Lavelle’s Bistro is pleased to present guest Chef Mimi Houston on Sunday, February 27th for a spectacular night of French fusion cuisine.

Chef Houston’s culinary aspirations took her to New York for training at the French Culinary Institute. While working under celebrated chefs such as Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Master Chef & Chocolatier Jacques Torres, Mimi further refined her signature style of Mediterranean and Southeast Asian Cuisine while incorporating strong, clean French flavors. 

Mimi’s love for cooking and food began as a young girl growing up in Vietnam. Between helping with the family dessert cart business and following her mother around the kitchen she developed a passion for cooking and (more…)


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My early experience with Italian wines left more than a little to be desired. Thirty-something years ago, in the Heartland of the Midwest, Italian wine translated only as Chianti – and that Chianti came in bottles wrapped in little straw baskets. Astringent and watery, the wine did little to inspire thoughts of travel to Italy. It did, however, provide bottles that were wonderful candleholders that were perfect for decorating cheap, college-era apartments.

I grew out of the decorative wine bottle stage of my life decades ago. It took a bit longer for me to discover that there are wonderful Italian wines that are enjoyable to drink, and which pair well with food — both Italian cuisine and cuisine from other regions of the world. In particular, the wines of Tuscany are approachable, affordable, and – with proper selection – absolutely amazing.

This week you can sample a selection of fine Italian wines from Tuscany at the Gambardella’s Thursday Tasting, February 10th, starting at 7 PM, in Fairbanks. Gambardella’s Restaurant will provide an appetizer spread for nibbling, and Bruce Abbott, CWS, will present the wines. (Trust me, at only $20 per person, this tasting is an absolute steal.)

Think you don’t like Italian wine? That’s what Bruce thought, too, until he had the opportunity to sample a Super Tuscan that is deemed to be one of Italy’s national treasures. Read his rendition of how his Italian wine opinion morphed from “insipid” to “incredible” …. Frozen Grapes Blog

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Changes are afoot at Gambardella’s, the family-owned establishment that has served Fairbanks since 1987. This Saturday they are hosting a party to show off their new dessert and wine bar. A new appetizer menu will debut, along with revamped lunch and dinner selections including a savory stuffed flank steak. Don’t worry – the “Mother of All Lasagnas” (Gambardella’s signature dish) will still be around to satisfy cravings for home-style comfort food.

Join the Italian Party Saturday, January 22, from 5 to 9 PM, to sample free appetizers and gelato. Between 7 and 9 PM, wine guru Bruce Abbott will be on hand to pour tastes from the new and expanded Italian wine list. He’ll share some of his extensive knowledge so you can make an informed wine selection that will pair well with your favorite Gambardella’s dish.

Gambardella's Pasta Bella, Fairbanks Alaska

Looking for another Italian fix to help chase away these Golden Heart City winter blues? Beginning Thursday, January 27, you can learn even more about Italian wine at the first of a new series of tasting events that will be held in the wine bar. “Italian Wine 101” will kick off


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What could be better than sampling a wide variety of wines rated 90 points or above by Wine Spectator? An opportunity to sample them with food and friends at Lavelle’s Bistro in Fairbanks! This week’s “Tuesday Tasting” will feature some superb wines from around the world and, as always, education about wine, growing regions, and wineries. Some of the evening’s highlights will be Les Chevaux from Horse Heaven Hills (rated 91 points), The Prisoner from Orin Swift Cellars (rated 92 points), and the Royal Tokaji Red Label dessert wine (rated 94 points).


In French, Les Chevaux translates to The Horses, a reference to the wild horses that once roamed in the Columbia River Valley of Washington State. Horse Heaven Hills (AKA “H3”) was formally established as a Washington AVA in 2005. Hot, windy conditions and sandy-loam soil provide character to grapes grown in the vineyards of this region. Columbia Crest, parent to the Horse Heaven Hills label, was one of the first wineries to recognize the special characteristics of this area over two decades ago.

Napa’s Rutherford is home to Orin Swift Cellars. The Prisoner red blend emerged from the founder’s early obsession with Zinfandel. What began as a catchy name and a boutique – almost cult – project has, over the years, evolved into a phenomena. Each year there is anticipation as the release date for the new vintage approaches. The intriguing bottle with Francisco Goya’s The Little Prisoner on the label will catch your eye, but it’s what is in the bottle (more…)

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