Lodi building food and wine culture

Some exciting news on the food and wine front was released recently.

Lodi’s Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant and Spa has secured the services of celebrated chef Bradley Ogden, who will work with executive chef John Hitchcock to oversee all culinary aspects of the property, including the Towne House Restaurant and Lounge.

Ogden had been consulting with Wine & Roses the past six months.

Ogden is a two-time James Beard Award winner who has opened some of the more acclaimed restaurants in the country. Ogden’s culinary vision using the freshest, high quality ingredients is in step with the Central Valley’s bounty and Lodi’s status as a first-rate wine region.

Renowned chef Bradley Ogden has joined the culinary team at Wine & Roses in Lodi.

“Lodi reminds me of the way wine regions like Sonoma and Napa were like when I first came to California in the early ’80s,” Ogden said in a blog post by Randy Caparoso for the Lodi Winegrape Commission. “Back then, there was a sense that we had everything we needed at our fingertips — the best and freshest ingredients, the finest wines made from the best grapes — and all we had to do was take advantage of it. Lodi has all of that, and it’s just a matter of bringing it further out into the open.”

Ogden graduated with honors in 1977 from the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park in New York and worked at the American Restaurant in Kansas City for his mentors, Beard and Joe Baun. Ogden rose to national prominence as executive chef at Campton Place Hotel in San Francisco. He then opened The Lark Creek Inn in Marin County, acclaimed by critics as one of the best restaurants in the country.

Ogden’s empire also includes One Market in San Francisco, Lark Creek in Walnut Creek and San Mateo, Yankee Pier in Larkspur, Parcel 104 in Santa Clara, Arterria in Del Mar, and his namesake restaurant, Bradley Ogden, at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

“Lodi as a whole will benefit from his presence,” Wine & Roses Managing Owner Russ Munson said, “and we cannot wait for the community to welcome Chef Ogden.”

Noted chef highlights LangeTwins’ dinner

James Beard Chef Molly McCook, co-owner of Ellerbe Fine Foods of Fort Worth, Texas, will be the guest chef at the LangeTwins Winery and Vineyards’ annual ZinFest kickoff dinner on May 18 at the Acampo winery. Chef McCook will prepare a menu that will be paired with 10 different LangeTwins’ wines, including a four-year library tasting of their California Bordeaux blend, Midnight Reserve, and their newly released chenin blanc. McCook and Ellerbe Fine Foods co-owner and wine aficionado Richard King, who also will be at the dinner, were childhood friends on Ellerbe Street in Shreveport, Louisiana. They joined forces and opened their award-winning restaurant in 2009.

McCook’s commitment to sustainable dining is in line with LangeTwins’ sustainable farming practices.

“Chef McCook has trained in sustainable dining practices at some of the country’s finest restaurants, including Gary Danko, Stars and Luques, and her commitment to family farmers aligns with our hands-on agricultural focus,” LangeTwins co-founder Randy Lange said in a statement.

The dinner is $150 per person. Reservations: jmulrooney@langetwins.com or (209) 334-9780.

To the victors

Linda Neal, who was featured in a January column for her Tierra Roja Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, won double gold and Best of Sierra Foothills Red for her 2014 Mellowood Vineyard Fairplay Syrah at the 2017 California State Fair Wine Competition, which included 2,663 wines from 711 California wineries.

Area wineries that received Best of California accolades were Andis Wines 2013 Painted Fields Amador County (Best Bordeaux Varietal Red Blend), Macchia (Lodi) 2015 Flirtatious California (Best Other Fortified Desert Wine), Bella Grace 2016 Vermentino Shenandoah Valley Amador (Best Other White Varietal), Deaver Vineyards 2015 Primitivo Amador County (Best Primitivo), and Peirano Estates (Lodi) 2015 Heritage Collection Viognier San Joaquin County (Best Viognier). For the list of winners: CAStateFair.org/California-Commercial-Wine.


 

 

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