Anne Amie Vineyards, a family owned winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, will once again visit the great state of Ohio this May, and instead of the traditional winemaker dinner, Thomas Houseman, our winemaker and an avid cyclist, wanted to bring an element of summer fun to our winemaker dinners. Thus, we are hosting a series of progressive winemaker dinners on bicycle called Fête d’ Été (summer party), so-named because we will be on the cusp of Summer in the Great Lakes, and there is a sort of magic in the air this time of year, as well as a desire to be outside.
In each city, we will travel between 5 restaurants atop bicycles, with the entire dinner party in tow. Each ride, very casual in nature, will encompass no more than 12 total miles round trip. At each restaurant, chefs will pair a dish with one of our wines. This offers a unique and incredibly joyful experience and a fresh perspective of each city (not to mention it’s great for digestion!). We’ve held Fête d’ Été dinners in Cleveland, Toledo and Columbus (2012 & 2014), in addition to Detroit, Ann Arbor and Traverse City (2015), and it has been embraced by each of the restaurant communities, with everyone working together to bring an amazing energy and enthusiasm to this fun event.
2016 rides will take place in Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. Each dinner is $89 all-inclusive and includes a Fête d’ Été tour t-shirt. Guests are expected to provide their own bicycle. Event details with participating restaurants will be added soon. We hope you’ll join us!
Confirmed Toledo lineup:
Revolution Grille @ Black Cloister Brewing Co.
Chef Ruiz on the Go at Toledo Spirits