There was a whole lot of shaken and stirring going on Thursday when Vine & Table hosted the very special north-side launch of the Indiana chapter of Bourbon Women. With over 200 in attendance, it is little wonder why Indianapolis was chosen as the next chapter hub for this growing organization of women who love bourbon. Now the women of Indy can join the hundreds of members in 23 states and countries in their love for all things bourbon. Read More
Here are four brilliant bourbon cocktails I chose to mix, shake and serve at Vine & Table’s recent event hosting the north-side launch of the Indianapolis chapter of Bourbon Women. You might want to set your sights on one or two and mix a batch for yourself and your best bourbon buds. Each is distinctive, delightful and delicious… Read More
March has arrived and with it comes the best time of the year to talk about and drink some Uisce Beatha (otherwise known as Irish Whiskey). Unless you’ve been living on a remote Pacific island for the last few years you’ll have noticed a massive resurgence of the Irish whiskey industry, with new brands popping up here, there, and everywhere. Just recently we moved our Irish whiskey section in the store to make room for all of the new bottles arriving. Pernod Ricard, owners of the Midleton Distillery in my hometown of Cork, have firmly positioned Jameson as the leader of the pack, with Redbreast and Green Spot following on its heels, while over in County Westmeath, Beam Suntory’s Kilbeggan Distillery has been introducing us to many old and new styles of whiskies. Read More
If you’ve been watching the beer section at Vine & Table over the last few months you may have noticed a particular new brew appear on the shelves. Last November we unveiled our first privately brewed beer, a Belgian Strong Ale with apricots that we dubbed “The Merchant of V&T.” The Merchant was the brainchild of your humble beer guy (David Helt) and Jason Wuerfel, owner/head brewer of local brewpub Books & Brews. The response to this collaboration has been incredible. In less than a month we sold through over half of our entire order, and bottles have been steadily making their way into customers’ hands ever since. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to taste this fantastic beer yet, I highly advise making a trip to pick up a bottle while we still have a few left. Read More
You say Tomatin and I say Tomatin! Get it? That’s just a wee Irish joke I made up!
Right, let’s get back to the whisky. Tomatin is one of Scotland’s biggest distilleries, situated in the Highlands just a bit south of Inverness. Its 12 copper pot stills pump out over 2.5 million liters of spirit every year, with a fair proportion of that whisky going into blends. However, a substantial amount is also held back for the distillery’s single malt portfolio, which has been increasing in size and quality over the last few years. February’s Malt of the Month features a relative newcomer to the portfolio- one that is interesting in style, moderately priced, and very tasty: Tomatin 12 Year Old French Oak Single Malt Scotch Read More
The holiday season may now be but a distant blur, your bar may be looking a little empty, and the last thing you want to do is shell out more money on expensive Scotch! Well I have the answer to all (well, most) of your problems- a delicious single malt that won’t break the bank but might break your heart. Yes, it’s that good! Read More
Few things say “special” just by their very nature than champagne. Just the very mention of it makes even an ordinary day feel like a special occasion.
So much of what I do at home is inspired by what we do at Kahn’s Catering. So much of what we do at Kahn’s Catering is inspired by what I personally enjoy when I’m dining out, or by the broad and unique experiences our team brings.
One of our menu offerings is a champagne bar. It’s one of our special bars that often serves as the ideal start or finish to a garden wedding ceremony for our wedding clients. Our champagne bar has chef-made fruit purees such as tropical (a blend of mango, papaya and pineapple), peach and berry (fresh blackberries, raspberries and strawberries) that serve as the perfect mix-in. We also serve champagne with such delights as St. Germain liqueur, candied hibiscus flowers, fresh raspberries, halved strawberries (rinse, and leave the tops on, slicing through the leaves, the green top still-on helps the berry to look fresher and more appealing floating in the flute). Read More
As the names on your gift list shortens, and you’re left with a few you just don’t know what to get, it is time to stop at Vine & Table. I mean, everybody has to eat and drink, so how can you really go wrong? Wrap up everyone on your hard-to-buy-for list at Vine & Table with this thought in mind: share what you love!
Need further inspiration? Here are my favorites: Read More