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John Brown has been a wine and food columnist in West Virginia since the 1980’s. His regular columns appear in the Charleston (WV) Gazette-Mail under the title Vines & Vittles and in The State Journal - a statewide business weekly

Local Food and Wine Event

Friends of Wine and Food You might want to jump on this one right away. The FARM2U Collaborative is sponsoring a great food and wine event next Monday. See the invite below.

You’re invited! Come celebrate the culinary heritage of WV as guest Chefs from around the state join Berry Hills Country Club Chef Chad Rieve to create a unique, wine-paired five-course festival of food.

Monday, October 17 • Berry Hills Country Club • Reception- 6:30 – 7:30 • Dinner to follow Tickets: $100 per person, $175 per couple, or $1,000 for a VIP table of eight (8). (Table hosts will also receive 4 tickets to the Welcome Reception of the Cast Iron Cook-Off, January 21, 2012, at The Greenbrier).

The Food Antipasto Salad & Exotic Cheeses Harvest Soup Herbal Roasted Veal Rib Eye Russian Fingerling Potatoes Sherry Glaze Chanterelle Mushrooms Butternut Squash Duchess

Our Team of Executive Chefs• Tim Urbanic, Café Cimino • Anne Hart, Provence Market • Chad Rieve, Berry Hills Country Club • Dale Hawkins, Fish Hawk Acres • Paul Smith, Buzz Food Products

Tickets available on-line at, or at The Purple Onion, Capitol Market. Seating is limited – advance purchase required.

Sponsored by the FARM2U Collaborative.For more information, contact Jack Cipoletti, 304-346-3351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I’m privileged to be a board member of the FARM2U Collaborative which does, among many other good deeds, a great job getting WV farmers together with state restaurants to provide the best foods to those of us who enjoy excellent local cuisine.

Give them a call today!

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