Women Gather for Wine, Food and Friendship

March 30, 2013
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by Diane Gage Lofgren

(l to r) EBUG Founder Kim Merkin, Diane Lofgren, Chef Margaret Riesen, Chief Executive Organizer Lis Golden McKinley, Wine Expert Tracey Rose, and Pamela Halloran

(l to r) EBUG Founder Kim Merkin, Diane Lofgren, Chef Margaret Riesen, Chief Executive Organizer Lis Golden McKinley, Wine Expert Tracey Rose, and Pamela Halloran

Recently, I attended a wine and food pairing event with some 25 other women who belong to EBUG (East Bay United Gals), a “book club without a book” formed a number of years ago by Kim Merkin. This was one of many events EBUG hosts throughout the year to give women a forum for fun and friendship that requires no monthly dues and no membership requirements.

Kim is a master at asking EBUGGERS to submit ideas for interesting and engaging things to do each year and then the 250-plus women on her EBUG mailing list vote. The top dozen events are created for the rest of us to enjoy. Just this year, Kim and friends have participated in the following events: Japanese cooking demo with an authentic master chef from Japan, Perfume making, and a Pervian Despacho ceremony.

Tracey Rose, wine expert from JJ Buckley Fine Wines, offers wine-tasting tips

Tracey Rose, wine expert from JJ Buckley Fine Wines, offers wine-tasting tips

Lis Golden McKinley letsmakeroom.com volunteered this idea and then organized the event. The other good sport, Giovanna Tanzillo, offered her home to host it. They asked Tracey Rose, wine expert from JJ Buckley Fine Wines, http://www.jjbuckley.com/ to offer wine-tasting tips as she poured the white, red and dessert wines. Chef Margaret Riesen from the Vegetarian Gourmet http://www.vegetarianweddings.com/ treated us to delicious pairings from her kitchen, including Briouates (a Moroccan phyllo specialty with ground lamb, carmelized onion, ginger and cilantro), Jalapeno cups filled with chever, toasted pecans and Black Forrest bacon, and French chololate mousee. Lis created a wine quiz for the guests and five lucky women won wine accessory prizes.

So, True or False? Shiraz and Syrah are the same grape?

Answer: True

Lis Golden McKinley, who organizes homes and lives for a living, quizzes us on wine trivia

Lis Golden McKinley, who organizes homes and lives for a living, quizzes us on wine trivia

I didn’t know that, but I did learn a lot about wine that evening. Moreover I saw again how lucky we are to have women who care enough to want to get together to connect, commune, and enjoy each other’s company. EBUG offers one way. How can you create a GOTCHA! Group of women who will Grow Old Together with Courage, Health and Attitude — and then ask others to help you keep it going strong?

 

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