On behalf of Stouts and Stilettos as well as SaraBozich.com I would like to take the time to thank everyone who came out and made Craft Craft Night such a great time. We had a blast sharing beers, and I was thoroughly impressed by everyone’s creativity.
First, I would like to thank the Cornerstone Coffeehouse for being our gracious hosts. I hope they didn’t mind our glitter explosion too much as we certainly enjoyed the amazing hot cider, coffee, veggie/meat tray and baked goods they supplied.
Next, we owe a big thank you to Wilbach Distributors for their donations of craft beer crafty items. We were all able to get really creative with the 6-pack holders and coasters to create some neat ornaments and one-of-a-kind wreathes.
Again, I can’t thank YOU for attending! Thank you for hanging out with us, thank you for bringing plenty of supplies, and of course thank you for bringing your creativity. We made more items than we ever anticipated including wreaths, ornaments, earrings, hair clips, painted bottles and more.
Since the event was such a hit we will certainly be holding another and hope to see you there. Stay tuned for details and in the meantime check out the pictures of some of the awesome stuff that was made.
This weekend, Arooga’s celebrates another milestone with the 5-year anniversary party of its Route 15 (Camp Hill Bypass) store. We’ll kick things off on Friday with a special #sbhh Happy Hour, including a Great Lake Brewing Co. Burning River firkin loaded with blood oranges — PLUS, 39 cent wings and ALL DRINKS half-price. Hope to see you there — what better way to kick-off the weekend.
On Saturday, my mother-in-law is visiting for a shopping trip to the Hershey Outlets. I’m usually much further in the shopping process by now, so I’m eager to cross some people off my list.
Christmas was always a huge deal in my family. Growing up, Nov. 1 marked the start of holiday tunes in our house. We’d be greeted by the smooth sounds of Frank Sinatra in the morning, as trickles of red and green started showing up around the house. I know some people dislike how Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier each year, but I’m not talking about the shopping, I am talking about the festiveness. How can you be in a bad mood? It’s Christmas time!
I am truly my father’s daughter, and the second the Halloween costumes are put away, Elf is on the TV with Hanson’s Snowed In blaring in the background. I love Christmas music — everything from the current hits to the classics that have been around for generations.
That being said, the holidays also tend to be a time for, “OMG! Avoid holiday weight gain!” and “How to eat hard-boiled eggs before the party so you avoid the cookies” articles. Instead of worrying about every chocolate chip cookie I eat, I’d rather enjoy the holidays, but also sweat a little bit just so I can fit into my pants come January.
As someone who is always changing up my workouts and forever adding new songs to my iPod, I’ve created this Christmas Workout Mix for a little bit of variety.
Whether you’re running, biking or walking, put away the Kanye West for a month, and jam out to some jingle bells. It’s not the same as sipping eggnog and sitting fireside, but hey, I think this is even more fun.
As leaf piles build and the air turns brisk, it’s difficult for wine drinkers to avoid advice on Thanksgiving libations. Whether this is due to actual consumer anxiety, or just that it’s one day when we wine writers know what everyone is eating, well, that’s up for debate. Regardless, here we aim to offer you something unique: turkey-friendly wines stocked by Pennsylvania’s Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores, with special focus on the Chairman’s Selection program.
The toughest part of pairing Thanksgiving dinner is matching the varied and often divergent flavors on the table. For even the most seasoned wino, it can be challenging to find something that matches every dish. And then there are the cranberries, which pair with … nothing.
All that said, here are three simple rules that should help you navigate the day without ruffling any feathers:
1: Keep It Simple
Although we at PA Vine Co. are quite familiar with meals built around prized wine, on a holiday nicknamed Turkey Day, it’s obvious food is the centerpiece. Unless you’re having an intimate gathering, save your dusty, cellared beauties or envy-inducing, cult-ish bottles for another time. Your palate will be too exhausted to appreciate their nuance anyway. Today is about squeezing a bunch of loved-but-dysfunctional family members around a table and eating a bunch of tasty-but-dysfunctional dishes, so the wine need only be fresh and straightforward.
2: Embrace the Acid, Lose the Tannin
Because Thanksgiving food can be heavy and rich, it’s important to look for wine with bright acidity to cleanse the palate and enliven the taste buds. Tannic wines, on the other hand – such as the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon – feature bitterness and can cause a drying sensation in the mouth. Wines with little or no oak treatment are best bets – especially high-acid white varieties like Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc or red grapes such as Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Gamay (Beaujolais).
3: Don’t Fret
In the end, Uncle Leo probably doesn’t know his Shiraz from his Petite Sirah, and Aunt Ida’ll be too busy holding a grudge about something Aunt Lucy said three Thanksgivings ago to pay much attention to the wine. The oven will malfunction at least twice, and a few bottles’ll be drunk before the meal hits the table anyway. As long as you don’t run out, whatever wine is open will likely be fine!
Without further ado, here are some suggestions based on what’s currently featured in state stores:
In an effort to refocus on food, the pub hired a new chef, designed a brand new menu and (finally) went non-smoking* on its first floor (the second floor Raftery Room is always non-smoking; The Thatch, an open air bar, does permit smoking).
The new Portabella Goat Cheese Wrap at Ceoltas Irish Pub.
The new menu breaks down into several parts, from small, medium and large plates to a selection of salads, sandwiches and house-made pizzas.
39 cent WINGS ALL DAY Friday and Saturday - all varieties, original, boneless and skinny, plus $4 pitcher specials to match each day, Friday it’s Miller Lite and Saturday Bud Light.
DRINK CHEAP: Half price Happy hour 5-7 p.m. and again 9-11 p.m. Friday night features “Every Craft, Every Draft, Every Shot, Every drink” is half price!
Plus, DJ Puff starts at 9 p.m. Then, catch the Boneless Wing Eating Contest at 10 p.m. — winner takes home $200 cash!
On Saturday, wash down more 39 cent wings with $4 Bud Light pitchers, then stick around for Magic Hat glass giveaway at 7 p.m., with Magic Hat pints for just $3.50. At 10 p.m., brace yourself for the Ghost Face Killa Wing eating contest. The survivor wins a trip to the Bahamas.
If that isn’t enough for you, Arooga’s also is giving away FREE WINGS FOR A YEAR! It includes five free wings per week with a punch card – PLUS, a bottle of wing sauce, Arooga’s growlers and Arooga’s bottle opener key chain.
To enter to win the Arooga’s 15 5-Year Anniversary Prize, leave a comment below.
For extra entries (you must leave a separate comment for each extra entry in order for each to count), you can:
Last night our plans were dashed for a last-minute work-related dinner at The Pizza Grille in Lemoyne, which turned out to be quite fun. Also, my people say the food at Lemoyne is superior to the food at the Camp Hill location. Thoughts?
Pesto Burger at the Pizza Grille (Lemoyne).
Today – it has been decided – we’re heading to State College for Penn State v. Pur-don’t. This will only be my second PSU home game, and I’m looking forward to it … except for the part where we’re picked up at 7:30 a.m. I’m a morning person and all, but it’s Saturday!
Tomorrow, I’m Lancaster-bound for the Pennsylvania Food and Wine Show. I’m guest-judging the cooking competition, Chopped PA, and afterwards, I’ll spend some time in the PennLive booth — stop by and say hi!
Another busy week is in the books, and the holidays are nipping at our heels. Here’s what was:
Congrats to Adrian, who hopefully will swing by the PennLive booth at the PA Food & Wine Show on Sunday!
Craft Craft Night will include all of my favorite things: craft beer, crafting, recycling, and YOU! Come join Sara as well as my team from Stouts and Stilettos as we guide you through some awesome craft beer related crafts.
What better way to get in the holiday spirit than with a friends and great beer while making awesome gifts for your friends and family. Here are just a few ideas of what we’ll be making:
Bottle Cap Crafts
This station will have the supplies to make many a variety of items using the easiest item of all: bottle caps. Think earrings, hair clips, magnets and glass charms. I can’t wait to construct some sweet Bell’s Oberon bottle cap earrings. Every time I go to a beer festival I’m jealous of everyone else’s awesome craft beer jewelry, and after Craft Craft Night I’ll be able to rock my own and so will you.
Also, don’t even act like your husband won’t be pumped to add some beer bottle magnets to his beer fridge, especially featuring one of his favorite breweries.
A few years back I really wanted to make a craft beer themed Christmas tree and was a bit discouraged when I found ornaments incredibly hard to find. So, I decided to make some myself and now you can too. This year I’m looking forward to adding more to my collection using some of the awesome coasters we’ve snagged from our friends at Erie Brewing and Victory Brewing. Plus, we’ll have plenty of other materials ready to make your tree awesome.
I’m not going to lie, this is my favorite item on the list. Definitely the most complicated, we’ll be taking beer (and wine) bottles and using some science to turn them into glassware. This one could get dangerous, but we’re willing to take that risk for the promise of an awesome gift. Can you imagine opening custom glassware on Christmas morning? Now take your excitement and put it onto someone else’s face when you give them this great gift. The best bottles to use don’t have paper labels but instead have the label printed or painted directly on the bottle. Best examples: Stone Brewing, Corona, liquor bottles, etc.
Finally, taking inspiration from some awesome Pinterest ideas, we’ll be making some awesome bottle art. Think over the mantle decor like snow covered bottles you can fill with springs of holly and holiday branches, chalkboard bottles you can use year-round and holiday themed phrases you can put on bottles with some glitter glue. What isn’t better with glitter anyways?
The party starts at 6 p.m.
We will provide light seasonal snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
All alcohol is BYOB so bring your favorite craft beer or wine to sample and share.
The cost is just $10. We’ll have supplies, but we encourage you to bring your own empty bottles, bottle caps, labels, coasters, etc. if you have favorites.
The event will feature signature red Ketel One cocktails, a Chinese raffle, and complimentary hors d’eouvres. A donation is requested at the door to benefit ADA.
November is National Diabetes Awareness month, so it is a perfect time to bring to light the importance of this great foundation and educate people on this scary disease. 25.8 million Americans have some form of diabetes. This equates to 8.3% of the population, and of these, 7 million do not know they have the disease. The number of diagnosis for diabetes has risen in an epidemic way, from 1.5 million in 1958 to 18.8 million in 2010.
Local sponsors for this event include: TT & H law firm, Greenlee Partners, State Street Strategies, City House B & B, WCI Partners, Inc., The Vineyard at Hershey, Home 231, Cafe Fresco, Made to Keep, SaraBozich.com and Level 2.
The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading 501(C)3 nonprofit charity fighting against diabetes and its deadly consequences, and working to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. It is our hope to assist her in raising money and awareness for her foundation. The money raised by the ADA funds research, information programs, and advocacy efforts that support the 25.8 million children and adults with diabetes.
There’s a lot going on this weekend, as usual, and I’m still waiting to find out just what will be on my agenda. I had a plan in place, but you know how those can often go … Maybe I’ll be at the Penn State game, maybe I’ll be doing the Mason Dixon Wine Trail, maybe I’ll be at the Toys for Tots Benefit at the Abbey Bar. Not quite sure yet.
If you’re heading to the Toys for Tots Benefit Concert (you should) at the Abbey on Saturday, be sure to buy a pint of The River 97.3′s “Not So Silent Night Holiday Ale.” ABC will donate $1 from each pint to Toys for Tots. The beer is their Jolly Scot base brewed with some holiday spices especially for this event.
Of course, don’t forget to BUY your SaraBozich.com 2013 Holiday Party tickets, back at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey (but this time in the new building). For a limited time, SAVE 10% with code, “sbhh”.