Seaside, Florida (Oct. 18, 2017) — Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant on Scenic Highway 30A in Seaside, Florida, ushers in fall with a festive kick off the four-day 27th annual Seeing Red Wine Festival by hosting the highly-anticipated Vintner Dinner.
This year’s Seeing Red Vintner dinner will be held throughout Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant on Thursday, Nov. 9. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and dinner follows at 7 p.m.
Executive Chef David Bishop, who celebrates 10 years at Bud & Alley’s this year, will create a special four-course sea and farm-to-table harvest dinner paired with wines selected by Gary Carr and Tony Leonardini, owners of BNA Wine Group and winemakers of Butternut, Whitehall Lanes and Volunteer wineries.
Led by a trio with roots that stretch from Nashville to Napa and across generations, BNA Wine Group is creating what consumers want today – great wine for a better price. Second-generation winemaker Tony Leonardini and industry veteran Gary Carr bring a fresh approach to their industry using a simple formula “discover the right vineyards, retain the natural characters in the grape, coax the best wine into the bottle, and then offer the resulting wine at a great value.”
From their headquarters in Tennessee to their presence and partnerships in Napa Valley, BNA Wine Group has earned a nationwide reputation for crafting distinctive wines notable for taste and value.
The reception will feature BNA’s Butternut Rose paired with Fried Cauliflower Florets with Whipped Feta as well as Smoked Duck Breast with Green Apple.
The first course will be Seared Diver Scallop and Green Lentil Salad, Frisee, Minted Pea Foam paired with Butternut Chardonnay; the second course is Truffled Beet Risotto with Shaved Parmesan Reggiano paired with Butternut Pinot Noir; the third course pairs the Whitehall Lane Tre Leoni Red with Sautéed Hawaiian Opah and Chanterelle Mushrooms, Brussels Sprout Leaves, Dried Kalamata Olive; the Fourth Course features Venison Osso Bucco, Sweet Potato Polenta, Dried Cranberries paired with Volunteer Cabernet Sauvignon. Dessert will include Opera Cake, Mignardes and Assorted Macaron.
“Hosting special dinners like this personifies our mission of celebrating good food, good people and good times,” said Bud & Alley’s founder/owner Dave Rauschkolb. “This annual event is particularly special to us, because it was one of those organic events that took hold and the wine festival grew from there. For all of us here at Bud & Alley’s it’s all about gathering together and eating wonderful food and drink with great family and friends.”
The winner dinner is $175 per person and includes tax, fees, gratuities. Space is limited and reservations are required. To reserve your place at the 2017 Seeing Red Vintner Dinner, call Bud & Alley’s Restaurant directly at (850) 231-5900.
After the Vintner dinner, the event continues through the weekend. The Al Fresco Reserve Tasting is on Friday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. on Seaside’s Lyceum Lawn. Saturday, Nov. 11 the Grand Tasting is from 1 to 4 p.m. throughout Central Square in Seaside. Sunday, Nov. 12 wraps up the weekend with a Celebration of Bubbles, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Great Southern Café located in Central Square. A portion of this year’s proceeds will benefit the Seaside Neighborhood School and the Seaside Institute. Purchase tickets to each individual event online at seeingredwinefestival.com.
About the Bud & Alley’s Restaurant Group
Founded in 1986 in Seaside, Florida, Bud & Alley’s, owned and operated by local Dave Rauschkolb, operates with one simple mantra: Good Food. Good People. Good Times. A pioneer of the farm- and sea-to-table movement, Bud & Alley’s is known for serving award-winning menus with the freshest regional seafood and its daily sunset celebrations. Known for its quality food and exceptional service, Bud & Alley’s is a Top 20 Florida Restaurant and a Florida Trend Magazine’s Golden Spoon Hall of Fame award winner. The Bud & Alley’s Restaurant Group includes Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant, The Taco Bar, The Pizza Bar and the Bud & Alley’s Catering Company.