Reminiscing over Kohler Food and Wine Experience 2013, the largest food and wine festival in the midwest! You’re going to want to mark this on your calendar for next year.
Ever heard of Kohler, Wisconsin?
If you’ve been reading along since this time last year, you might remember my trip to Kohler last fall. This year I was very forunate to get another chance to head back up to The American Club with a wonderful group of bloggers.
Every October, Kohler’s American Club Resort, just named the Top Resort in the Midwest by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine’s Readers Poll, hosts a fabulous food and wine festival in the cozy little village of Kohler, Wisconsin.
And let’s not forget their award winning resort, golf courses and spa, all inspired by members of the Kohler family.
When we first arrived in the village of Kohler, we headed to the Kohler Design Center and Museum. I’m always amazed to see early American ingenuity, like Kohler’s first electric dishwasher seen above.
We played “How Many Bloggers Can Fit in the Bathtub” and Ooooed and Ahhhhed over the breathtaking room designs in the upper level of the design center.
Then we stopped by Kohler’s Craverie Chocolatier Cafe to meet Chef Annette Righi, Kohler’s head chocolatier.
Chef Annette told us the story of Mr. Herbert Kohler’s passion for fine chocolates, spurring on the creation of their signature Terrapin, a chocolate caramel candy named after a type of turtle.
And of course we tried a few…
After that we spent a ridiculously-indulgent weekend: visiting Kohler’s Water Spa, eating at their marvelous restaurants, going to parties, tasting wines, and watching cooking demos with famous chefs.
And I learned a few things… Did you know Ernie Els (the golfer) partnered with world-renowned wine maker Louis Strydom to make his own Australian wines?
They were wonderful.
I also learned quite a bit about beer pairing from master beer sommelier Marc Stroobandt.
Marc and Chef Michael Feker put on a highly entertaining cooking and pairing demo using Stella Artois Beers.
Never have so many beers been placed in front of me at one time… it was pretty nice.
We got to meet beloved Chef Jacques Pepin and his daughter Claudine. They shared their take on gourmet fast food, i.e. cooking quick at home.
Yet one of the coolest things we got to do was hang out with Cat Cora in the Kohler Greenhouse Coffee Shop.
Cat sat with us for over an hour and chatted about family, cooking, business, and technology.
We were proud to be able to teach her something… how to use “AirDrop” photo sharing on her iphone. That was a very proud moment! *wink*
Photo Credit: Foodie Crush
On our last night in Kohler we visited the quaint River Wildlife Lodge restaurant for one last glorious meal before we all had to head back to reality.
It was hard to say goodbye to such a marvelous weekend!
So to recap, #KohlerFoodWine is an event not-to-be-missed in 2014.
I’ve been twice now, and would love to make it a yearly getaway. Both trips were so unique, offering different wines, dishes, and experiences. Plus the homey luxury of the American Club Resort makes you wish you could stay forever!
Photo Credit: Cookin Canuck
If you get the chance to visit Kohler this year, here’s what I suggest you do…
Kohler Bucket List
Play Golf at one of the Award-Winning Courses (Lt. Dan will talk more about this soon!)
Eat at the Immigrant Restaurant (or the Horse & Plough, River Wildlife Lodge, and Cucina)
Splurge at Craverie Chocolatier Cafe
Shop in Kohler’s Shops at Woodlake
Visit the Design Center (and jot down all your newly-discovered remodel plans.)
Plan for the Kohler Food & Wine Experience 2014!
Disclosure: The American Club hosted me at this event. All opinions are always my own.