How To Host The Ultimate Friendsgiving: Food & Wine Pairing

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I love bringing women and wine lovers together, especially if it's for good food and wine. So when this Friendsgiving post came to mind, I knew it would be special if it came to life. Thanks to my supporters and fellow bloggers and influencers,  I was able to coordinate and host this collaborative Friendsgiving food and wine pairing at west elm Dadeland.

Whether you are keeping up the tradition or hosting your first Friendsgiving, this game plan will ensure that you host a memorable Thanksgiving with friends. Cheers to that! 

Table Setting Inspiration 

For the table setting, it was all in the details. Using furniture and dinnerware from west elm Dadeland, dynamic duo and sisters, Cat and Jules with Tinseldot, an event design company, styled everything to perfection. I still cannot get over their beautiful flower centerpiece, which was complimented by real flowers and fruit around the table. Be sure to stop by your nearest west elm to make your Friendsgiving table setting stand out. And if you need an extra hand with styling your table, I'm sure Tinseldot will be happy to hear from you.

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The food was provided by Miami event catering company, Cuisine and Events. Owner and Chef, Mia Anzola is not only amazing and great to work with, she can throw down a delicious spread. Highly recommend her for your next event or gathering.  

Dinner was paired with longtime supporter, ZONIN1821 wines and the wine pairing was led by Wine Specialist and Wine Director, Alessandra Esteves with The Florida Wine Academy. A dear friend and wine mentor, Alessandra heads the Florida Wine Academy in Downtown Miami, catering to both wine lovers looking to learn about wines in a private setting and wine professionals who want to perfect their skill.

Before you get started with your Friendsgiving, don't forget to give thanks. Here's a little help from Author and Spiritual Life Coach (and my dear friend and mentor), Nikki Novo who led our spiritual prayer before dinner. Click here for prayer

FOOD & WINE PAIRING MENU & RECIPES

Starter:                    Butternut Squash Soup with Apple and Bacon (click here for recipe

Wine:                          Masseria Altemura Fiano

Starter:                    Arugula, Fennel and Orange Salad (click here for recipe

Wine:                          Zonin Prosecco

Starter:                    Cheddar Polenta cakes (click here for recipe) topped with Ratatouille (click here for recipe

Wine:                          Masseria Altemura Rosato

Main Dish:               Fig-glazed Roast Turkey meatballs with Traditional Gravy (click here for recipe) and Cornbread Chorizo Stuffing (click here for recipe

Wine:                          Masseria Altemura Sasseo

Dessert:                   Banana Walnut Mini Cupcakes (click here for recipe

Wine:                          Castello del Poggio Moscato

Where to Purchase WINES  

Zonin Prosecco and Castello del Poggio Moscato are available at most neighborhood grocery stores or Total Wine & More. The Estate wines (Masseria Altemura Fiano, Rosato, and Sasseo) are registered in Florida and are available for purchase in any wine shop (just ask).

About ZONIN 1821

The Zonin family is proud of its heritage and reputation for creating authentic Italian wines spanning seven generations of winemakers in Northern Italy. With its close ties to the land for the past seven generations, the Zonin family heads the most important viticultural group in Italy and one of the leading private winemaking companies in Europe.  They celebrate the diversity of Italian wine from Italy’s major wine regions through their passion for winemaking and a mission to bring Italian wine of the highest quality to all wine lovers.

Miami wine events with ZONIN1821 wines

To ensure that every bottle embodies the philosophy of preserving the local winemaking traditions, land, and culture of their respective regions, many of ZONIN1821’s products are made using varietals that are native to the region in which they are grown. In this way, ZONIN1821 guarantees the highest quality wines, from the vineyard to the glass.

 

Get TO KNOW The BLOGGERS & INFLUENCERS (and my friends) 

BLOGGERS WITH INSPIRATIONAL WINE BLOGGER, WINE WITH NAT

Nikki with NikkiNovo.com 

Jannely with The Fashion Buffet 

Laura with The Fashion Diva

Natalia with Beauty Beyond My Curves 

Karyn with With Love From Miami 

Paola with Coral Gables Love

Cat and Jules with Tinseldot

Special Thanks

A special thanks to Nicole and team at west elm Dadeland for the opportunity to host a memorable Friendsgiving at their location. Loved the @ brass paperweight gifts, which you can purchase for your Thanksgiving with friends.

Photo credit: My supporter and event photographer, Nabila Veruska who beautifully captured our Friendsgiving. She rocks!