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Chefs' Challenge

6:30–9pm | Kohler Design Center
Presenting: Destination Kohler Culinary Team

This is our opening bell! Every year we kick off Food & Wine and get the competitive juices between our Kohler Culinary teams flowing to duke it out for bragging rights of best chef! This year, we told them to take the gloves off and get creative. Our chefs will be working hard to showcase their talents and win your vote. Don't miss the fun as you sample some yummy food and flavorful cocktail samples while enjoying live music and casting your vote for your favorite bite. Bragging rights will go to the chef who is crowned the people’s choice or the judge’s choice. A cash bar will be available.
$29.99
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Kohler Food & Wine Hub

Noon–5pm, Friday & Saturday | Food & Wine Hub
The past year has made us savor time spent with family and friends. The small moments have taken on more meaning, and people are beginning to reconnect with those they haven’t seen in a while. At Kohler Food & Wine, we want to help you connect with the people you care for, and create memories that will last a lifetime. This year we have taken the idea of celebration to a new level and are introducing the Food & Wine Hub. This central gathering spot will provide the opportunity for you and your friends to reconnect, laugh, and indulge in the creativity of our mixologists. Each day you can buy a wristband that will get you four full-size cocktails created exclusively for the Hub.
$35
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The Seeker, Your Passport to Wine 

11am–4pm, Friday & Saturday | Multiple Locations
2020 cancelled a lot of travel plans… The Seeker is here to help make up for those lost plans with some delicious wine!  Explore the grounds of Destination Kohler through a wine-guided tour unlike any other!  Guests who purchase this add-on to their Kohler Food & Wine Experience will enjoy the opportunity to sample 4 different wine offerings from The Seeker at 4 different locations, culminating with a final stop including a complimentary bottle of wine to bring home!  Finish your travels in one day, or split them up in two!
$20
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Breakfast Bites & Cocktails with St. George Spirits & Miss Mary's Premium Mixers

10–11am | Appley Theatre
Presenters:
Matt Bauer, Executive Chef, Destination Kohler

Michael Losselyoung, St. George Spirits

Ryan Timm, Miss Mary's
What better way to start the festivities of Kohler Food & Wine 2021 than with some tasty breakfast bites and cocktails to get things moving? In this seminar, you will hear the tales of how two great companies came to be--St. George Spirits out of California and the Wisconsin-born Miss Mary's Premium Mixers! Guests will enjoy four cocktails, expertly paired with small bites prepared by Kohler Executive Chef Matt Bauer, and leave this seminar with the knowledge of how to make these tasty concoctions at home!$49.99

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Taming Wild Game with Ken Wright Cellars

11am–Noon | The American Club® Sister Bay/Ellison Bay
Presenters:
Ken Wright, Owner, Ken Wright Cellars

Leonard Sorce, Executive Chef, Immigrant Room Restaurant

Ken Wright Cellars is off on the hunt for the perfect game pairing in this incredible seminar. The Kohler culinary team has provided some incredible game-inspired dishes that have been paired alongside the pinot noir portfolio of Ken Wright Cellars. Guests will be greeted with a lovely glass of rosé followed by the spoils of the hunt with three small bites prepared by Leonard Sorce, Executive Chef, immigrant Room Restatuarnt. Seminar provides 3 or more food samples, 3 or more tasting pours.
$49.99

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The Irish Coffee: How This Iconic Drink Went on to Take Over the World

11am–Noon | Council Room
Presenter: Gillian Murphy, Brand Ambassador, Tullamore D.E.W.

The story of Irish coffee is a fascinating one. You will learn where and why this delicious drink was created and how to make the perfect Irish coffee yourself at home. You will also learn the story behind Tullamore DEW Irish whiskey, how it is made, and taste some of the delicious and exclusive varieties poured neat. There will be fantastic giveaways for all attendees and the chance to win some amazing prizes along the way!
$44.99

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Fresh Cannelloni with Fabio Viviani

11am–Noon | Culinary Stage 2
Presenter: Fabio Viviani, Celebrity Chef

Chef Fabio Viviani offers a lesson on how to eat like an Italian and shares tips and secrets to making authentic Italian dishes at home. Chef Fabio will show you how to make his favorite cannelloni recipe with ricotta, spinach & tomato sauce. 
$54.99

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"We Love Bacon" with America's Test kitchen

11am–Noon | Culinary Stage 1
Presenters: Members of America's Test Kitchen 

Whether it's the first meal of the day or a late-night bite, bacon has the power to make everything better. Join Bridget and Julia as they celebrate all-things-bacon and show you how to incorporate this salty, smoky wonder-meat into a medley of dishes. 
$59.99

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Match the Great Winemakers of Bordeaux and California with Jarvis Estate

11:30am–12:30pm | The American Club® The Winery Bar

Presenter: David Crane, National Sales Manager, Jarvis Estate

In 1993, one dark night during fermentation pump-overs, William Jarvis accidentally pumped a third of a tank of cabernet franc into a tank of cabernet sauvignon.  Chaos ensued until this accidental blend was an immediate hit with winery guests. Since 1996 the Lake William Red Blend has been made yearly. In this seminar guests will learn more about the 100% estate-grown wines from the legendary Jarvis Estate in the heart of Napa Valley. Using complimentary blending instruments each guest will be able to make their own finished wine to compare to the 2014 Lake William.  
$44.99

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Lunch with Cakebread Cellars

Noon–2pm | The American Club® The Wisconsin Room

Presenter: Brian Streeter, Culinary Director, Cakebread Cellars

Brian Streeter has been highlighting the world-class wines of Cakebread Cellars with seasonal, product-driven menus since 1989. While utilizing the best ingredients Northern California has to offer, Brian draws on the cuisines of the Mediterranean–where food has historically been linked with wine–for inspiration on how to best pair the two. Guests of this three-course luncheon will get to taste dishes paired with the exceptional Cakebread Cellars portfolio that Brian has had the pleasure of working with for over 25 years.
$109.99

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Taste What Makes a Reserve Wine Special at St. Francis Winery

Noon–1pm | The American Club® Sturgeon Bay

Presenter: Bob Aldridge, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Cheers to Sonoma’s unique growing regions and talented winemakers. Taste along with St. Francis COO Bob Aldridge as he presents and contrasts award-winning St. Francis wines that represent the bounty of the county or make the most of a single appellation. You’ll enjoy county-wide blends that embrace the diversity of this historic wine region and contrast them with appellation-driven, small-production reserve wines. You’ll note style differences, learn about the art of barrel aging, and better understand how specific terrain, soil, and climate can be an important component for fine winemaking. Extra points for sharing your thoughts on food pairings with these classic varietals–merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and zinfandel!
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Chocolate, Cheese & Wine with Share a Splash Wine Co. & BelGioioso Cheese

Noon–1pm | Appley Theatre

Presenters:
Barbara Jurbala, Director of Sales Southwestern U.S., Share A Splash Wine Co.

Sofia Auricchio Krans, Project Manager, BelGioioso Cheese

Crystal Thomas, Chocolatier and Production Manager, KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates  

When you take the best cheese and pair it with the best chocolate, you’re in for a fun, educational seminar. Adding some fine wine to complement the pairings will leave you with nothing left to wish for. Sofia Auricchio Krans of BelGioioso Cheese joins Kohler’s Crystal Thomas of KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates and Barbara Jurbala, Director of Sales Southwestern U.S. of Share A Splash Wine Co., in a delightful pairing you’ll want to share at your next dinner party. Seminar provides 3 or more food samples, 3 or more tasting pours.
$49.99

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Dive Deep with Duckhorn

1–2pm | The American Club® Sister Bay/Ellison Bay
Presenter: Kyle Lee, District Manager – WI & MN, The Duckhorn Portfolio

Welcome the Duckhorn Portfolio to Kohler Food & Wine 2021! Cofounded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has spent forty years establishing itself as one of North America’s premier producers of Napa Valley wines. From its modest inaugural vintage of 800 cases of cabernet sauvignon and 800 cases of merlot in 1978, to its addition of sauvignon blanc in 1982, Duckhorn Vineyards has crafted a tradition of quality and excellence that continues today.  In this seminar guests will enjoy the opportunity to taste the incredible Napa Valley portfolio that Duckhorn has to offer including the famous Three Palms Vineyard Merlot and the new Discussion Napa Valley Red Wine.  
$44.99

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Taste the Peak: From a Napa Valley Legend

1–2pm | The American Club® Marquette Bay
Presenter: Philippe André, Senior Business Development Manager, Folio Fine Wine Partners

Welcome to the world of Michael Mondavi Family Estates, guided by Chicago sommelier Philippe André of Folio Fine Wine Partners. Founded by Michael Mondavi in 1999, the 15-acre, high-elevation Animo vineyard, located in the Atlas Peak AVA, is a jewel of the Napa Valley. Philippe will explain the uniqueness of this small vineyard located in one of Napa Valley’s storied subappellations--Atlas Peak. He will lead you through a selection of fine Napa Valley wines from Emblem, Animo, and M by Michael Mondavi, including a few of Michael’s favorite library selections.
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Chardonnay Four Ways: A Food & Wine Pairing

1–2pm | The American Club® Bay de Noc
Presenters: 
Rich & Leslie Frank, Proprietors, Frank Family Vineyards

Paul Smitala, Executive Chef, Black Wolf Run
Let us show you how diverse in style the chardonnay grape can be! We will discuss and taste four wines from Frank Family Vineyards, all using the chardonnay grape, but made in very different styles. Each wine will be expertly paired with a dish from Black Wolf Run Executive Chef, Paul Smitala showcasing the power of chardonnay. Starting with Blanc de Blancs, moving to Carneros Chardonnay, Lewis Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay, and finishing with Late Harvest Chardonnay. Throughout the discussion we will educate you on how this single grape can be made into so many different styles by using different winemaking techniques. Seminar provides 3 or more food samples, 3 or more tasting pours.

$49.99

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1000 Miles of Pinot Noir

1–2pm | The American Club® Thunder Bay 
Presenter: Tony Gatti, DWSET, Midwest/Great Lakes Regional Manager, HALL Family Wines

This seminar will be a tasting experience beginning in the famed Shea Vineyard in Williamette, Oregon. From there, we will travel south to the Anderson Valley, then on to the Sonoma Coast before finishing finally in the Santa Rita Hills. We will explore both these broad appellations and single vineyards within some of those appellations. This seminar is a unique opportunity to explore the expressive diversity of one beloved varietal when cultivated on disparate terroirs on the West Coast of the U.S.A. 1,076 miles of pinot noir as the crow flies, to be exact. 

$44.99

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The Better-For-You Cocktail Class

1–2pm | Council Room
Presenter: Kate Hartman-Hassen, District Manager, Ketel One Vodka

Ketel One Botanicals took the spirit industry by storm just over a year ago, completely changing the way consumers looked at the drinks they were pouring. Ketel One Botanicals use no artificial flavors or sugars, have no carbs, and are made with 100% non-gmo grains. Long story short, these need to be added to your drink cabinet at home. Now how can this get any better? Kate Hartman-Hassen of Ketel One Vodka will guide you through the tale of how these botanicals came to be and show you in hands-on demonstrations how to make better-for-you cocktails at home!  

$44.99

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Classic Crème Brûlée with Courtney Beyer

1–2pm | Culinary Stage 2
Presenter: Courtney Beyer, Pastry Chef, Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro

Join Pastry Chef Courtney Beyer from Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro to learn how to prepare classic crème brûlée. She’ll show you the techniques and tips to make your own version of this coveted custard dessert. 

$54.99

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Mastering Guacamole and Ceviche with Rick Bayless

1–2pm | Culinary Stage 1
Presenter: Rick Bayless, Celebrity Chef

Chef Rick Bayless is an expert in all things related to traditional Mexican cuisine. In this demonstration he will walk you through the steps of making some favorite dinner party dishes: guacamole and ceviche.

$59.99

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A Tour de France in California: Tasting the 2017 Burgundy, Rhône, and Bordeaux Varietals 

1:30–2:30pm | The American Club® The Winery Bar
Presenter: Armen Khachaturian, National Sales Manager, Morlet Family Vineyards    

Join Armen Khachaturian, National Sales Manager for Morlet Family Vineyards, as he guides you through a unique opportunity to taste a horizontal of four Morlet Family Vineyards wines from the 2017 vintage. Born in Epernay, France to a fifth-generation winegrower family, Luc Morlet spent his childhood working on his family’s Premier Cru and Grand Cru Champagne estate. Luc earned worldwide recognition as the winemaker for Peter Michael Winery. and now handcrafts vins de terroir and unique cuvées from Napa Valley and Sonoma County under the Morlet Family Vineyards label. Meticulously farmed vineyards, along with Luc’s unwavering commitment to quality and low-intervention winemaking techniques, produce powerful, yet refined wines that are harmonious in their intensity and richness, while displaying personality, seamless character and graceful aging capability. Robert M. Parker, Jr. declared that Luc, "Is not only a fabulous winemaking talent, he knows how to bring the French savoir faire of complexity, elegance, and precision to the ripe, concentrated, intense fruit of California.” These highly sought-after wines are available to the winery’s mailing list and can be found at the finest restaurants and specialty wine shops around the world.

$49.99

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Seafood, Smoke & Sherry Oak by Highland Park Single Malt Scotch

2–3pm | Blackwolf Run®
Presenter: Caiti Soares, Edrington Brand Associate

Join the Edrington team from the Midwest to experience smoke-inspired small bites paired with peated whisky that you will dream about for years to come.  All of this while enoying the pictureque views that the Blackwolf Run Clubhouse has to offer.  There may be no better way to enjoy a Friday afternoon in Wisconsin! 

$49.99

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Climb the Hills of Sonoma, CA, with Rodney Strong Wine Estates

2–3pm | The American Club® Sturgeon Bay
Presenter: Rick Sayre, Winemaker Emeritus, Rodney Strong Wine Estates

Climb the hills of Sonoma with Rodney Strong Wine Estates. Rick Sayre, Winemaker Emeritus will take you on a tour of Sonoma through the 11 estate vineyards at Rodney Strong. He will focus on key regions such as the Russian River, Chalk Hill, and Alexander Valley. You will gain a better understanding of what makes Sonoma so unique. Taste through eight wines from Rodney Strong starting with their Estate tier wines into their high-end, highly rated single-vineyard cabernets. The winery was founded in 1959 by Sonoma county wine pioneer Rod Strong as the thirteenth bonded winery in the county. For over 30 years, Rodney Strong has flourished under the leadership of the Klein family, fourth-generation family farmers.

$44.99

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Sushi & Bubbles with Schramsberg

2–3pm | Appley Theatre
Presenter: Fred Zammataro, Executive Vice-President / Chief Operating Officer, Schramsberg Vineyards

Sushi and bubbles, need we say more? Meet Fred Zammataro, Executive Vice President and COO of Schramsberg Vineyards, who will guide you on a culinary journey uniting impeccable California sparkling wines with high-quality sushi. This is not meant to be a one-time pairing, guests will leave this event with a hunger to bring these pairings to their own dinner parties as soon as possible. Enjoy four delectable pours of Schramsberg, each paired with a unique sushi roll. Seminar provides 3 or more food samples, 3 or more tasting pours.

$49.99

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Edrington High Marque Single-Malt Experience

2:30–3:30pm | The American Club® The Immigrant Restaurant
Presenter: Lacey Massari, Area Manager,  Edrington

The ultimate in luxury spirits portfolios invites you to a high-end single-malt tasting that your palate won’t soon forget. Join Lacey Massari, Edrington’s single-malt specialist, for an in-depth narrative and sampling of four of The Glenrothes and Highland Park’s finest offerings. You’ll learn about the history of each iconic distillery, time-honored traditions each brand represents, and you will also have the opportunity to taste some of the offerings few have ever tried. Join us for an event to remember… and you won’t leave empty-handed.

$99.99

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20 Years in the Making: The Penfolds California Collection

3–4pm | The American Club® Sister Bay/Ellison Bay
Presenter: Tracy Sturm, Fine Wine Specialist, Breakthru Beverage Wisconsin

The stars have aligned and with this being the 20th anniversary of Kohler Food & Wine, what better opportunity to showcase a wine endeavor 20 years in the making? Meet the California Collection from the most famous Australian producer of fine wine: Penfolds. Tracy Sturm, fine wine specialist of Breakthru Beverage, will take you on a world-wide journey showcasing some of the best wines that Penfolds produces in Australia as well as their new projects from California. Hear the history of this famous winery dating back to 1844 and how a wild idea 20 years in the making has shaped the trajectory of Penfolds for years to come. 

$44.99

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Exploring the Soul of the Oregon Terroir

3–4pm | The American Club® Marquette Bay
Presenter: Guillaume Large, Winemaker, Résonance Vineyards

When a world-class wine allows us to discover the soul of a place, something magical happens. Guillaume Large, Résonance winemaker and protégé of longtime Maison Louis Jadot winemaker Jacques Lardière, will share details about the exceptional Oregon terroir that drew the legendary brand to its first investment outside Burgundy since its founding in 1859. While tasting through a selection of chardonnay and pinot noir wines that represent different regions within the Willamette Valley, Guillaume will describe the similarities and differences between Oregon and Burgundy, and share the story of what inspired Jadot to put down roots in Oregon. He will also compare back-vintage wines to demonstrate the uniqueness of each as it expresses not only the terroir of each vineyard but the moment in time of its creation. 

$44.99

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Taste Like a Pro with Caymus Vineyards

3–4pm | The American Club® Thunder Bay 
Presenter: Kristen Ellis, DWSET, Market Manager– Illinois, Wagner Family of Wines 

Learn to taste wine with WSET Diploma Wine Educator Kristen Ellis through the lens of the iconic Caymus Vineyards portfolio. Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon is arguably the leader in Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon. Dive deep into their additional portfolio as there are a number of other world-class wines from the legendary Wagner family. This interactive seminar will teach you how examine wine though sight, smell, taste, and texture. Come away from this class with the knowledge and confidence to taste like a pro.

$44.99

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Cheese Inspired Bites with Dry Creek Vineyards

3–4pm | The American Club® Bay de Noc

Presenters: 
Sara Rathbun, Director of Marketing & Communications, Dry Creek Vineyards

Sandra Wassink, Executive Chef, River Wildlife
Comfort food lovers unite! This is the seminar for you. Sara Rathbun of Dry Creek Vineyards has devised a plan to showcase the legendary portfolio of wine coming from California paired with what Wisconsin does best--cheese. Enjoy four beautiful wines expertly paired with twists on classic cheese-inspired small bites. Seminar provides 3 or more food samples, 3 or more tasting pours.

$49.99

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Lobster Toast to Tickle your Tastebuds with Ryan Sherman

3–4pm | Culinary Stage 2

Presenter: Ryan Sherman, Executive Chef, Field & Fire Restaurant

We've all heard of the ubiquitous avacado toast. But why not take that to the next level? Chef Ryan Sherman from Field and Fire Restaurant will get your taste buds buzzing with this delicious poached lobster atop of a perfectly toasted brioche.

$54.99

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Homemade Italian Meatballs with Fabio Viviani

3–4pm | Culinary Stage 1

Presenter: Fabio Viviani, Celebrity Chef

Meatballs are a staple component of southern Italian cooking. There’s no better person to demonstrate how to prepare authentic homemade meatballs than Chef Fabio Viviani. Born and raised in Italy, he operates multiple successful restaurants throughout the United States and will show you how to become an expert on making delicious meatballs with parmesan polenta to accompany the dish.

$54.99

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Sake – Get with the Better-for-You Buzz

3–4pm | Council Room

Presenter: Monica Samuels, Vice President of Sake & Spirits, Vine Connections

Did you know 77% of consumers said they intend to make more attempts to stay healthy in 2021? With consumer health consciousness at an all-time high, more and more people are seeking out better-for-you beverage alternatives to enjoy at happy hour and beyond. Enter Japanese sake. Sake Samurai, Monica Samuels, will be diving into sake’s long list of wellness benefits (including sake’s secret weapon that fights cancer, erases wrinkles and improves heart health). Learn how sake is primed to take center stage as a go-to choice for those looking for new beverages to fit in their wellness-centric world.

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Celebrating Champions with Champagne

3:30–4:30pm | Winery Bar

Presenter: Nick Gurniewicz, Fine Wine Sales Manager for Breakthru Beverage Wisconsin

Champagne bottles all across Wisconsin were popped as soon as the final buzzer sounded on July 22 when the Milwaukee Bucks were declared NBA Champions for the first time since 1971.  Nick Gurniewicz, Fine Wine Sales Manager for Breakthru Beverage Wisconsin, was one of those dedicated fans popping bottles & celebrating the big win. Fast forward to Kohler Food & Wine 2021 as Nick is prepared to keep that Championship celebration rolling by toasting a selection of rare & highly sought-after Champagne offerings in a truly never-before-seen lineup.  Guests of this seminar will enjoy the most exquisite offerings from some of the most famous Champagne houses including Charles Heidsieck and Taittinger! 

$99.99

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Wings & Whiskey with Western Spirits

4–5pm | Appley Theatre
Presenters: 
Erik Hage, Western Spirits

David Hendel, Chef, The Horse & Plow
This is the ultimate appetizer to what we are sure will be a Friday night to remember! Erik Hage of Western Spirits has selected four of the most unique offerings from their impressive whiskey portfolio. David Hendel, Chef at The Horse and Plow, has rolled up his sleeves to come up with four unique wing pairings for these great whiskeys, highlighting the ultra-rare Calumet Farms 15-year-old bourbon. Seminar provides 3 or more food samples, 3 or more tasting pours.

$49.99

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Legendary Wines of Piedmont, Italy, from the Bruno Giacosa Winery

4–5pm | The American Club® Sturgeon Bay
Presenter: 
Daniele Sbordi, Director of Luxury Wines, Folio Fine Wine Partners

Bruno Giacosa crafts some of the most prestigious Barolo and Barbaresco single-vineyard wines in Piedmont, Italy and is one of the world’s most respected wineproducers. In the early 1980s, Giacosa’s search for the best vineyard sources initiated the process of acquiring vineyards in the communes of Serralunga d’Alba, La Morra, and Barbaresco, vineyards that consistently produce some of the finest expressions of Nebbiolo. This seminar will lead you through the incredible wines of the Bruno Giacosa Winery and teach you the nuances of different appellations within the Piedmont region. We will start with elegant Bruno Giacosa wines for regular consumption and culminate with two of the most collectible wines in the world. This seminar will help you to understand Giacosa's goal to produce wine that maintains its identity from vine to bottle and that great wines begin in the vineyard with the production of grapes cultivated by experienced growers.

$44.99

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Cincoro Tequila & Ceviche

5–6pm | Council Room
Presenters: 
Chris Spake, Vice President of Brand & Trade Development, Cincoro Tequila

Michael Rennicke, Chef Tournant, Destination Kohler
It may be approaching winter in Wisconsin, but for this seminar we are only thinking of being somewhere on a beach! Ceviche is the perfect last-minute dish that will impress dinner guests any time of the year, and why not pair that with world-class tequila from Cincoro? What is this Cincoro, you might ask? Cincoro is the tequila born of an alliance of five NBA owners (including Michael Jordan and Wes Edens, owner of our Milwaukee Bucks) that will have guests questioning if they have really ever had tequila before. Enjoy a sampling of three ceviche dishes prepared by Michael Rennicke, Chef Tournant at Destination Kohler, paired with Cincoro tequila. Bonus--enjoy a Cincoro cocktail to go as you continue to enjoy this Friday night to remember! Seminar provides 3 or more food samples, 3 or more tasting pours.

$49.99

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Kimchi Beef Dumplings: A Twist on a Korean Cuisine Staple with Melissa King

5–6pm | Culinary Stage 1
Presenter: Melissa King, Celebrity Chef

Kimchi is a a fermented Korean style slaw that is a staple of Korean cuisine. Chef Melissa King will walk you through the process of taking this well known dish and turn it into a delicious dumpling.

$54.99
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Preparing the Perfect Ribeye Dinner with Nyesha Arrington

5–6pm | Culinary Stage 2
Presenter: Nyesha Arrington, Celebrity Chef

Chef Nyesha Arrington, takes you through the process of how to break down a whole Ribeye into steaks and explains the difference between the eye and the cap. She will then show you how to create an amazing meal blending the flavors of Argentina and America with a mouth watering chimichurri sauce, collard greens and robuchon potatoes.

$54.99

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Celebrating American Artisanal Cheese with Cakebread Cellars Wine

5–6pm | The American Club® Bay de Noc

Presenter: Brian Streeter, Culinary Director, Cakebread Cellars

Elevate your wine and cheese pairing knowledge with Brian Streeter, the executive chef of Cakebread Cellars for over 30 years. This celebrated winery chef will lead participants as they taste some of America’s best artisanal cheeses from Northern California and the Midwest. Brian will tell the stories of these artisan producers and how he pairs each cheese with Cakebread Cellars wine. What’s the difference between goat’s milk, cow’s milk, and sheep’s milk cheese? Why do we put quince paste on our cheese boards? Learn how to select cheeses and accompaniments to enhance the flavors and aromas of your wines and wow your guests at your next party. Seminar provides 3 or more food samples, 3 or more tasting pours.
$49.99

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The Andes, Argentina, and the Most Famous Grape of South America--Malbec

5–6pm | The American Club® Marquette Bay

Presenter: Angela Calad, Argentina Wine Specialist, Folio Fine Wine Partners
This seminar will discuss the different aspects that define viticulture in Argentina, specifically the Andes Mountains' climate, altitude, terroir, soils, and how they influence the development of wines from Argentina and especially our world-famous malbec. You will learn how malbec first arrived in Argentina and the history of how this European blending grape became a stand-alone varietal and the emblematic wine of Argentina. We will taste through six different wines from Argentina, starting with torrontes, our most famous white grape varietal. Then we will taste several malbec-based wines from around different areas of Argentina to demonstrate how diverse and complex malbec can be.

$44.99

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Super Tuscans--Are They as Super as Their Name?

5–6pm | The American Club® Thunder Bay  

Presenter: Teresa Spada, Italian Specialist, Kobrand Wine & Spirits

Tenuta San Guido created the "Super Tuscan" category in 1968, with the creation of the iconic Sassicaia bottling, and as they say, the rest is history. But what makes a Super Tuscan "super?” Teresa Spada, Italian Specialist for Kobrand Wine & Spirits, will guide you on a journey through six wines, including the legendary Sassicaia, that will help you understand the creation of this category of Italian wines and why they have become so influential in the wine world today.
$44.99

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Grand Tasting

5:30–7pm | The American Club® The Grand Hall of the Great Lakes 

Discover new wines during this tasting with more than 30 knowledgeable wine exhibitors serving over 100 different wines at the 20th annual Kohler Food & Wine. Sample and sip all the wines featured at this year's event and purchase a bottle on the spot. It's a great place to find your new favorite wine.
$44.99

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Dinner with Dry Creek Vineyards

6–9pm | Whistling Straits

Presenters: Sara Rathbun, Director of Marketing & Communications for Dry Creek Vineyards

Dan Dries, Executive Chef of Whistling Straits

The story of Dry Creek Vineyards can be described as one dedicated family working day and night for five decades to turn what many considered an idealistic pipedream, into a reality that revolutionized the California wine industry.  Sara Rathbun, Director of Marketing & Communications for Dry Creek Vineyards, will guide you through the wines in this intimate 4 course dinner featuring dishes prepared by Dan Dries, Executive Chef of Whistling Straits.

$199.99
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French Vs. Oregon Wine Dinner

6–8pm | Champagne Taittinger Tent 

Presenters: 
Guillaume Large, Winemaker, Résonance Vineyards

Rob Hurrie, Chef/Owner, Black Pig
On a crisp spring day in April of 2013, an idea was launched into motion that would bring one of the most famed French wine producers in the world all the way to Résonance Vineyard in Oregon. It was here that the winemaking team of Louis Jadot found the conditions similar enough to Burgundy that they were able to justify the investment to bring Résonance Wines into the world of Oregon wine. To say this was a success would be an understatement, as Résonance Vineyards wines have quickly achieved incredible status amongst the other great wines coming from Oregon. Guests of this dinner will get to taste a unique and rare welcome wine followed by a fantastic four-course dinner prepared by Chef Rob Hurrie. Each course of this dinner will have the added value of being paired with not just a wine from Résonance but also Louis Jadot! 
$219.99

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Robert Parker Extraordinary Dinner

6:30–9pm | The American Club® The Immigrant Restaurant 

Presenters: 
Philippe André, Senior Business Development Manager, Folio Fine Wine Partners

Andy Westley, Breakthru Beverage Senior Director, Learning, Leadership and Sales Solutions

Leonard Sorce, Executive Chef, Immigrant Room Restaurant
Teresa Spada, Italian Specialist, Kobrand Wine & Spirits

The famous wine publication Robert Parker considers wines to be Extraordinary if they earn a score of 96-100 points on their tedious rating system. Finding one of these wines is hard enough. In this dinner, guests will enjoy an entire meal featuring these extraordinary wines! The dinner begins with a reception hosted by Philippe André, Senior Business Development Manager, Folio Fine Wine Partners, and continues with a five-course culinary experience prepared by Executive Chef Leonard Sorce of the four-star Immigrant Restaurant at The American Club®.  Andy Westley, Breakthru Beverage Senior Director, Learning, Leadership and Sales Solutions, will guide guests through each wine pairing including a perfect 100-point wine!  

$349.99

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Dinner at the Taverne: Presented by Ketel One Vodka

6:30–9pm | Taverne on Woodlake 

Presenters: 
Kate Hartman-Hassen, District Manager for Ketel One USA

Thomas Hauck, Chef, Taverne on Woodlake

"Inspired by small batch craftsmanship". There is a reason why those words are printed on every bottle of Ketel One Vodka.  Those words would fit nicely to describe Taverne on Woodlake as well, so what better location for a truly unique dinner experience!  Guests for this dinner will be blown away with the diversity that vodka can bring to a cocktail-focused dinner.  Throughout 4 courses guests can expect to see truly unique cocktails with each course and leave with the confidence to make those cocktails at the home bar! 

$174.99

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A Journey to Italy Featuring Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993

7–9:30pm | Culinary Stage 2

Presenters: 
Juan Urbieta, Executive Chef, Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993

John Korycki, Executive Chef, Harbor House

Courtney Beyer, Pastry Chef, Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro

Allisun Grandy, Wilson Daniels Italian Wines

Let us take you on a culinary journey to Italy! Executive Chef Juan Urbieta from Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993 and The Bartolotta Restaurants team will present an authentic four-course meal inspired by the local, seasonal ingredients of Italy thoughtfully paired with Italian wines from the Wilson Daniels protfolio

$164.99

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Kohler Food & Wine Hub

Noon–5pm, Friday & Saturday | Food & Wine Hub
The past year has made us savor time spent with family and friends. The small moments have taken on more meaning, and people are beginning to reconnect with those they haven’t seen in a while. At Kohler Food & Wine, we want to help you connect with the people you care for, and create memories that will last a lifetime. This year we have taken the idea of celebration to a new level and are introducing the Food & Wine Hub. This central gathering spot will provide the opportunity for you and your friends to reconnect, laugh, and indulge in the creativity of our mixologists. Each day you can buy a wristband that will get you four full-size cocktails created exclusively for the Hub.
$35
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The Seeker, Your Passport to Wine 

11am–4pm, Friday & Saturday | Multiple Locations
2020 cancelled a lot of travel plans… The Seeker is here to help make up for those lost plans with some delicious wine!  Explore the grounds of Destination Kohler through a wine-guided tour unlike any other!  Guests who purchase this add-on to their Kohler Food & Wine Experience will enjoy the opportunity to sample 4 different wine offerings from The Seeker at 4 different locations, culminating with a final stop including a complimentary bottle of wine to bring home!  Finish your travels in one day, or split them up in two!
$20
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Rides & Rosé

9–10am | Bold Cycle
Presenters:
Lauren Hydock, Bold Cycle Master Instructor

Tracy Sturm, Fine Wine Specialist for Breakthru Beverage
Join Bold Cycle Master Instructor Lauren Hydock in this 45-minute indoor cycling class. Expect to be out of the saddle for most of this high-intensity cardio, featuring hand weights and music-inspired choreography. Warm up, ride through hills, sprint, and end with a yogic cooldown followed by a short presentation and some delicious samples of rosé.
$44.99

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Brunch Reimagined: Featuring Champagne Taittinger

10–11am | Champagne Taittinger Tent
Presenters: 
Ron Breitstein, Group Manager, Kobrand Fine Wine & Spirits

Matt Bauer, Executive Chef, Destination Kohler
Enjoy five unique marques of Champagne Taittinger with several reimagined brunch classics prepared by Executive Chef Matthew Bauer of The American Club®. Each champagne will be paired with an ideal complement to enhance your brunching experience.
$49.99

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Unlocking the Fifth Taste: Umami & Sake

10–11am | The American Club® Bay de Noc    
Presenters: Monica Samuels, Vice President of Sake & Spirits, Vine Connections

Michael Rennicke, Executive Chef,  Horse & Plow
Expand your palate and your beverage list by unlocking the superpower of combining Japanese sake with umami-rich foods. Along with Sake Samurai, Monica Samuels, you will be exploring the versatility of sake when paired with unexpected, utterly decadent foods while learning how sake’s unique structure and flavor profile actually enhances your culinary experience.

$49.99

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Smart Tech in the Kitchen

10–11am | The American Club® Great Bays Ballroom   
Presenters: Members of America's Test Kitchen

High-tech appliances like air fryers, instant pots, and sous vide immersion circulators are hot items for home kitchens. Are they mostly hype or potential time savers? Who should own what and why, plus tips and tricks for maximizing the value of these cutting-edge kitchen tools.

$49.99

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Ride the Russian River with Davis Bynum Winery

10–11am | The American Club® Marquette Bay       
Presenter: Rick Sayre, Winemaker Emeritus, Rodney Strong Wine Estates

Take a tour through the Russian River in Sonoma, CA with Rick Sayre, Winemaker Emeritus. He will focus on the unique wines from Davis Bynum winery, owned by Rodney Strong Wine Estates. Davis Bynum was the “Pioneer of Pinot” in Sonoma County. In 1973, when Davis Bynum first released his small lot of single-vineyard pinot noir from the famed Rochioli Vineyard in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, pinot noir was a relative stranger to the region, but the fickle grapes thrived in the unique terroir. The first to produce single-vineyard Russian River pinot noir, Davis was instrumental in bringing the prestige to the Russian River Valley vineyards, still acclaimed as one of California’s finest chardonnay and pinot noir growing regions. In 2007, when it was time for Davis to sell the winery, he hand-picked his successor and selected Tom Klein and the Klein family, fourth-generation California farmers who shared the same values and principles. Taste through six Davis Bynum wines, including highly allocated Dutton Ranch and Clone pinot noirs.  

$44.99

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2001: A Belle Glos Odyssey--A Single-Vineyard Pinot Noir Birthday Celebration

10–11am | The American Club® Thunder Bay       
Presenter: Andrew Strenk, Region Manager – Midwest, Copper Cane Wine and Provisions

A top luxury pinot noir, a category leader, one of the most recognizable brands, and it’s still not old enough to drink! Belle Glos, the brand that started it all for Joe Wagner, is rich with history. Join Andrew Strenk, Midwest Regional Manager for Belle Glos, as he takes you on a road trip through coastal vineyard sites that make up the Belle Glos brand. Like Kohler Food & Wine, we too are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Belle Glos with the first “drinkable” vintage being released in 2001 from the Clark and Telephone vineyard. We will taste through the current, highly rated lineup and have a few older vintages to highlight the effects of aging on coastal pinot noir.    

$44.99

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Sunrise Soul Sculpt

10:30–11:45am | Yoga on the Lake     
Presenters: Sara Smith, Yoga on The Lake Instructor

Amanda Tucker, Edrington Area Manager
Join Yoga on the Lake instructor, Sara Smith,  as she takes you on a high-intensity yoga class geared for the “gym-focused” yogi who loves to sweat, build endurance, strengthen muscles, and jam to high-energy music. Then cool down with a variety of delicious cocktails inspired by the sun to complement your morning workout.

$44.99

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Casks & Chords: Connecting Wine & Music like never before!  

11am–Noon | Council Room  
Presenter: Andy Westley, Breakthru Beverage Senior Director, Learning, Leadership and Sales Solutions    

There are many factors that contribute to the final product in a wine that you taste, the very same could be said about the process in creating a great song.  Wine and music are both living things.  They change from experience to experience.  Think about all the times you are driving and hear a song that takes you back to a specific moment,  or when you are enjoying a nice dinner and the wine brings you back to another meal.  You feel everything you felt.  You are literally transported back to that moment in time.  Andy Westley, Certified Expert in Wine & Accomplished Musician, will open guest’s eyes to the connection that wine and music can have!  Guests will enjoy four exclusive wine offerings paired with songs performed live for pure enjoyment! 

$44.99

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Homemade Tortillas & The Classic Taco with Rick Bayless

11am–Noon | Culinary State 1  
Presenter: Rick Bayless, Celebrity Chef    

The two most popular classic Mexican dishes are tortillas and tacos. In this cooking demonstration Chef Rick Bayless will have you up your game and show you how to create these dishes that will have your guests begging for more.

$59.99

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Smash Burgers with Nyesha Arrington  

11am–Noon | Culinary Stage 2 
Presenter: Nyesha Arrington, Celebrity Chef     

The idea behind a smash burger is pretty simple: take a bacon press or a spatula and smash the patty down onto the grill to get better contact between the meat and the heat. This gives the burger a better taste and look. Chef Nyesha adds layers of flavor to your mouthwatering smash burger by adding american cheese & gochujang butter.  Add a side of  gaufrette potatoes “thin waffle fries” and you have your next backyard grilling idea.

$54.99

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Schramsberg: Beyond Blanc de Blanc; Beautiful Blushing Bottles and Rich Reds

11am–Noon | The American Club® The Winery Bar 

Presenter: Fred Zammataro, Executive Vice-President / Chief Operating Officer, Schramsberg Vineyards    

Take a deeper dive into the iconic California sparkling wine producer, Schramsberg. You may think you know this winery only for its delightful blanc de blancs, but they also produce some of the most incredible brut rosé that California has to offer. But that is not all! From the Davies Vineyard, a proud facet of Schramsberg, guests will also get to taste their incredible pinot noir and dynamite cabernet sauvignon. 

$44.99

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LUKE Luncheon

Noon–2pm | The American Club® The Wisconsin Room
Presenters: 

Thomas Vogele, Owner, LUKE Columbia Valley Winery

Troy Unruh, Executive Chef, Wisconsin Room

Join Thomas Vogele, Owner of LUKE Columbia Valley Winery, as he and Chef Troy Unruh from the Wisconsin Room prepare and pair a three-course meal with some of the Columbia Valley's best wines.

$109.99

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Wyoming Whiskey Married with Beef  

Noon–1pm | Blackwolf Run®
Presenters: 
Kevin Koke, Area Manager for Wisconsin & Illinois for Edrington Spirits

Paul Smitala, Executive Chef, Blackwolf Run
Pour me a cocktail and fire up the grill! Join us at Kohler’s highly acclaimed Blackwolf Run® Golf Course for an escape to the “wide open spaces” of Wyoming.  Edrington’s Midwest team will guide you through an interactive Wyoming whiskey brand immersion, featuring pairings from where the story begins, Mead Ranch Natural Beef. If you love whiskey cocktails, nature, and incredibly prepared beef offerings from Blackwolf Run head chef Paul Smitala, then you have found your match!  Join us for an experience to remember.

$49.99

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Oysters & Blancs with Dry Creek Vineyards  

Noon–1pm | Appley Theatre
Presenters: 
Sara Rathbun, Director of Marketing & Communications, Dry Creek Vineyard

John Korycki, Executive Chef, Harbor House 

Every spring for the past 20 years, the country’s most unique food and wine tasting takes place in Seattle, where over 200 wines are tasted and judged with oysters in an effort to find those special few that achieve the “bliss factor.” The vibrant combination of minerals, sweetness, and the sea makes for a difficult pairing with wine, but when it happens, the marriage is truly heavenly. Dry Creek Vineyard has been a proud winner nine times with a variety of its blancs–both Chenin and fumé. Join this special event, pairing beautifully crafted wines with a different variety of oysters presented by John Korycki to see which ones truly are “blissful.” Take the plunge, and learn what makes this incredible pairing a match made in heaven. Seminar provides 3 or more food samples, 3 or more tasting pours.

$49.99

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Vamos! A Terroir Adventure Across Argentina and Chile  

Noon–1pm | The American Club® Bay de Noc
Presenter: Elizabeth Butler, Director of Wine, Vine Connections

We are taking you to new heights as we set out on an amazing Andes adventure through wine! Join Elizabeth Butler, Director of Wine for Vine Connections and South American wine educator extraordinaire, for a crash course in how the vast and diverse terrain on either side of the Andes produces some of the highest quality and least expected wines. We will journey from a 6,000 ft vineyard in the driest desert on earth to vineyards within seven miles of the Chilean coast and over to Mendoza for some of the most elegant, old vine offerings the region has to offer; plus even more destinations along the way! Lizzy’s passion and experience living on both sides of the Andes will transport you to the Southern Hemisphere with every sip.

$44.99

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A Tantalizing Tour Through Burgundy

Noon–1pm | The American Club® Marquette Bay
Presenter: Guillaume Large, Winemaker, Résonance Vineyards

Join Guillaume Large for a tantalizing tour through the Burgundian regions and the unique Burgundian classification hierarchy. Guillaume has worked in the winemaking team at Maison Louis Jadot for many years and is currently directing the cellar operations at the Jadot outpost in Oregon: Résonance Winery. This tasting offers an experience of both white and red Burgundy, with an example of each at the Villages, Premier Cru, and Grand Cru levels. These terroirs have been producing small amounts of extraordinary wines for over 1,500 years, with results meticulously recorded and refinements carefully adopted. The 2018 vintage provides a perfect view of the region as this was a most memorable and successful vintage.

$44.99

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Old Vine Zinfandel with a Twist

Noon–1pm | The American Club® Thunder Bay
Presenter: Jennifer Brown, General Manager, BACA Wines

What is the difference between old vine and non-old vine zinfandels? Join us as we explore some of the finest and most storied old vine vineyards and zinfandel regions in California. We will taste through five discreet vineyards and AVAs and compare old vine to younger vineyards. Starting on the west side of Paso Robles, moving up to Russian River, through Dry Creek Valley, then onto the moonscape-like Rockpile AVA, and ending in Mendocino. You will learn about the best growing regions of zinfandel and their characteristics. Old vine vineyards have unique depth and character that are best discovered first hand; and at BACA, we approach zinfandel with a bespoke handling that gives our expression of the varietal a novel and alluring twist. Join us in this special seminar to further your California wine knowledge; and to discover something that is both old and new. 

$44.99

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Everything Chocolate with America's Test Kitchen

1–2pm | Culinary Stage 1
Presenters: Members of America's Test Kitchen

Fellow chocolate lovers, prepare to immerse yourself in the wonderful world of chocolate! Join Julia and Bridget as they show you tips and tricks for working with chocolate, and prepare an assortment of delectable delights for you to enjoy. 

$59.99
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Farm-to-Table Napa Valley with Brian Streeter  

1–2pm | Culinary Stage 2
Presenter: Brian Streeter, Culinary Director, Cakebread Cellars

Cakebread Cellars has pioneered the Farm-to-Table movement in Napa Valley for the last 50 years when co-founder Dolores Cakebread first planted her Wine Country Garden.  Today, Brian Streeter continues that movement with passion as the culinary director of Cakebread Cellars.  Join Brian as he showcases a dish from his latest cookbook, "Gather: Casual Cooking from Wine Country Gardens".  Guests will receive a complimentary copy of the cookbook with purchase of a ticket!  

$59.99

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Grgich Hills Estate: Not Just Chardonnay!  

1–2pm | The American Club® Great Bays Ballroom
Presenters: 
Sean Barrett, Midwest Regional Manager & Brand Ambassador, Grgich Hills Estate

Zeke Fitzgerald, Chef Tournant, Destination Kohler
Miljenko “Mike” Grgich first gained international recognition at the celebrated Paris Tasting of 1976 when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won finest white wine in the world. The results stunned the international wine establishment and immediately earned Mike Grgich a reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the world. The Paris Tasting victory served notice to the world that the California wine industry was on the move, and it led to the creation of Grgich Hills. Although Miljenko is known as the, "King of Chardonnay," he has an equally impressive history with cabernet sauvignon as well. Join Grgich Hills Estate Sales Ambassador Sean Barrett for a rare vertical tasting of the 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015 vintages of Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, and learn about Grgich Hills Estate's amazing history. The talented chefs from The American Club® will expertly pair each wine with four unique small bites for you to enjoy. It will be an event to remember!

$49.99

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The Power and Structure of Washington State Cabernet with DeLille Cellars  

1–2pm | The American Club® The Winery Bar
Presenter: Jason Gorski, Director of Winemaking & Viticulture, DeLille Cellars

Explore the cabernet sauvignon portfolio of DeLille Cellars, one of Washington State’s pioneers of Bordeaux-style blends and exclusive cabernets from some of the oldest and most prestigious vines in the state. Explore both single-varietal wines and Cabernet-dominant blends from the Red Mountain, Snipes Mountain, and Horse Heaven Hills AVAs. Participants will taste DeLille’s founding wine, Chaleur Estate, a Bordeaux-style blend from Red Mountain, and its counterpart blend Harrison Hill, made from the second-oldest cabernet sauvignon vines in Washington State. Four Flags, one of DeLille’s flagship wines available throughout the country, is 100% cabernet from four distinguished Red Mountain vineyards. DeLille also focuses on small-lot productions they find to be exceptional in the cellar as single-vineyard bottlings. Participants will enjoy 100% cabernet sauvignon from Shaw Red Mountain Vineyard, Discovery Vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills, and Clone 191 from DeLille’s own estate vineyard on Red Mountain, Grand Ciel. Through this tasting experience, participants will learn why the power and structure of Washington State cabernet is garnering increased recognition on an international level for this exemplary varietal and growing region.

$44.99

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KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates & Wine 

2–3pm | Appley Theatre
Presenters: Ron Breitstein, Group Manager, Kobrand Fine Wine & Spirits

Crystal Thomas, Chocolatier and Production Manager at KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates
One of the most magical pairings in the world is wine and chocolate. Ron Breitstein, Group Manager of Kobrand Fine Wine & Spirits, returns to join Crystal Thomas of KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates to discuss the delicious pairings of still, sparkling, and fortified wines with incredible KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates. Seminar provides 3 or more food samples, 3 or more tasting pours.

$49.99

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Salvestrin Dr. Crane Vineyard: Four Generations of Grape Growing

2–3pm | The American Club® Bay de Noc

Presenter: Rich Salvestrin, Owner, Salvestrin Winery

Rich Salvestrin will detail the lineage of one of the oldest and most respected vineyard properties in Napa. He will share with us the generational progression of grape growing on his family property, detailing the farming of and what varietals have made-up the historic Dr. Crane Vineyard. Guests will indulge in several vintages old and new of 3D, an homage to the fourth generation, whcih include his and his wife Shannon’s three daughters. We’ll also travel back in time to when Dr. Crane planted this vineyard and see pictures of the historic inn on the property that the good doctor called home and where Rich was born, which is now open to the public.

$44.99

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Beyond Somm. School with Ken Wright

2–3pm | The American Club® Marquette Bay

Presenter: Ken Wright, Owner, Ken Wright Cellars

Have you ever thought of quitting your job to just get to drink wine all day? Then THIS is the seminar for you! Ken Wright will walk you through the romantic idea of becoming a certified master sommelier. Before you immerse yourself in the full course load to become a somm, why not enjoy an hour with Ken Wright learning some of the most interesting details? Ken will take things even a step further in this seminar and will lead a detailed discussion on professional winegrowing and winemaking. Why is there no substitute for the perfect marriage of plant and place? Why does geology matter? Why does microbiological life in the vineyard matter? Does wild yeast matter? These are some of the questions Ken will answer in this seminar.

$44.99

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Cabernets of Rutherford with Frank Family Vineyards

2–3pm | The American Club® Thunder Bay 

Presenters: Rich & Leslie Frank, Proprietors, Frank Family Vineyards

Please join us as we taste four cabernets from the Rutherford appellation. As we taste each wine we will discuss where in Rutherford it comes from and why each wine has its own distinct flavor profile. We will start with the Frank Family Napa cabernet, sourcing fruit from a larger area of Rutherford, then get more specific with our RHF Reserve cabernet, single-vineyard Winston Hill cabernet, and conclude the seminar with The Patriarch, coming from the “heart block” of the Winston Hill Vineyard.

$44.99

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Spirits of the World Unite!

3–4pm | Council Room

Presenters: Lauren Rine- Business Development Manager, Hotaling & Co

Join Lauren Rine- Business Development Manager for Hotaling & Co, importer and distiller of spirits from all over the globe, for an eye-opening journey exploring various spirits from all corners of the earth. Recent events may have derailed some global travel plans and have certainly made us all more appreciative of the opportunity to be transported someplace new. Guests of this unique seminar will hear about unique offerings and see these spirits in their most exquisite habitat, in the form of some world-class cocktails!

$44.99

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Kung Pao Chicken- Done Right with Melissa King

3–4pm | Culinary Stage 1

Presenter: Melissa King, Celebrity Chef

Chef Melissa King takes this standard Asian dish found in most chinese restaurants and gives it the treatment it deserves. 

$54.99

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Steakhouse at Your House

3–4pm | Culinary Stage 2

Presenter: Amanda Langler, Executive Chef, Mr. B’s – A Bartolotta Steakhouse – Brookfield 

Fire up your grill and learn the tips for creating a steakhouse-quality meal in your own home. From navigating a meat market like a pro to choosing the right cuts of meat, Executive Chef Amanda Langler of Mr. B’s–A Bartolotta Steakhouse will show you preparation techniques for the main star of the dish, along with sumptuous sauces and sides to make it a meal to remember.

$54.99

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Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia: The Pursuit of Perfection 

3–4pm | The American Club® The Winery Bar
Presenter: Teresa Spada, Italian Portfolio Specialist, Kobrand Fine Wine & Spirits

What is a "perfect wine?” This is something most wineries strive for, and Tenuta San Guido is no different. You will have the unique opportunity to try six exquisite wines from the legendary Tuscan producer Tenuta San Guido, including the 100-point rated 2016 vintage of Sassicaia, along with the 2017 and 2018 vintages. Join Teresa Spada, Italian Portfolio Specialist, from Kobrand Fine Wine & Spirits as she guides you through Le Difese, Guidalberto, and the iconic Sassicaia. Dive into this estate's rich history and judge for yourself if any of these wines are truly "perfect!”

$44.99

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Snack Attack with Vine Connections

4–5pm | Appley Theatre
Presenter: Elizabeth Butler, Director of Wine, Vine Connections

Have you ever gotten home from a long day of work and all you want to do is enjoy a snack & a much-needed glass of wine?  Do you have popcorn sitting in the cupboard but not sure what wine would taste good alongside it?  Do you have a refreshing white wine chilling in the fridge but can’t decide what tasty bite to accompany it?  The answers you have been looking for can be found in this seminar!  Guests will enjoy 5 different wine selections paired with 5 Woodlake Market approved snack selections! Seminar provides 3 or more food samples, 3 or more tasting pours.

$49.99

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A Taste for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

4–5pm | The American Club® The Winery Bar
Presenter: Bob Aldridge, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer, Sequoia Grove Winery

Join Bob Aldridge from Sequoia Grove Winery to learn how the five key elements of taste–salt, sour, sweet, bitter, and umami–can influence the perception and enjoyment of cabernet sauvignon. The session will start by tasting three single-vineyard cabernet sauvignons that are major components of the nationally available Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon blend. Experience the unique aroma and flavor nuances of different Napa Valley AVAs, and learn how they contribute complexity and layers of flavor. From there, pivot to a fun and educational tasting experiment with the essences of salt, sour, and sweet. You’ll be amazed at how each of these can influence cabernet sauvignon in a very significant way. Which of these essences play well with cabernet and which one should you avoid? You’ll have to come experience for yourself. You’ll walk away with an entirely new appreciation of food and wine.

$44.99

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Harness the Power of Washington Wines with LUKE Columbia Valley

4–5pm | The American Club® Thunder Bay
Presenter: Thomas Vogele, Owner, Luke Columbia Valley Winery

Join Thomas Vogele, Owner and Winemaker of LUKE Columbia Valley, in an exclusive tasting and tour of the Columbia Valley of Washington State.  Your experience will begin with the LUKE Ancient Lakes Chardonnay. Next in line will be a series of wines that put Washington state wines on the map, most notably merlot, followed by The Companion Red Blend, and LUKE’s flagship wine, Cabernet Sauvignon. All three of these wines are the heartbeat of the LUKE portfolio, focused squarely on the great vineyards of the Wahluke Slope AVA within the Columbia Valley, the namesake behind the LUKE label. These wines will showcase the opulence of fruit and generosity of character that has become synonymous with Washington wines. To round out the experience, you will be treated to the Reserve tier of the LUKE portfolio, a Reserve Syrah and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon that will showcase what Thomas and his winemaking team can do when they vineyard designate, hand harvest, and employ some interesting techniques in the winery. 

$44.99

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Macallan & Chocolate

5–6pm | Council Room
Presenters: 
Molly Melville, Brand Ambassador- The Macallan

Crystal Thomas, Chocolatier & Production Manager, KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates
Whisky and chocolate creations are sophisticated, complex arts defined by traditions and time-honored processes. Molly Melville, Brand Ambassador- The Macallan, will guide you through a unique sensory experience pairing a select range of the Macallan portfolio with perfectly paired KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates. You will learn how to take these two iconic indulgences rooted in tradition and share your newfound knowledge with friends and family by creating your own at-home experience. Seminar provides 3 or more food samples, 3 or more tasting pours.

$49.99

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Shrimp & Grits Tacos with Jamika Pessoa

5–6pm | Culinary Stage 1
Presenter: Jamika Pessoa, Celebrity Chef

Chef Jamika is a self-described Southern Belle with Caribbean roots and displays a cooking style of “Caribbean Heat meets Southern Sweet”. Her mouthwateringly delicious recipes offer bold flavors and unexpected twists for meals for any occasion. Join Jamika in a celebration of shrimp and grits tacos with cuban sandwich eggrolls party appetizers. 

$54.99

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Beef Wellington–Yes You Can

5–6pm | Culinary Stage 2
Presenters:
Aaron Bickham, Corporate Executive Chef, The Bartolotta Restaurants

Courtney Beyer, Pastry Chef, Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro

Take your cooking to the next level by mastering the classic, crowd-pleasing beef Wellington. Corporate Executive Chef Aaron Bickham, along with Pastry Chef Courtney Beyer, both with The Bartolotta Restaurants, will teach you the time-tested techniques to sealing in the juices with a buttery, flaky, and stunningly decorative pastry crust for an showstopping dish that will wow your guests.     

$54.99

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Grand Tasting

5:30–7pm | The American Club® The Grand Hall of the Great Lakes 

Discover new wines during this tasting with more than 30 knowledgeable wine exhibitors serving over 100 different wines at the 20th annual Kohler Food & Wine. Sample and sip all the wines featured at this year's event and purchase a bottle on the spot. It's a great place to find your new favorite wine.    

$44.99

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Cakebread Cellars Wine Dinner

6–9pm | Whistling Straits®
Presenters: 
Brian Streeter, Culinary Director, Cakebread Cellars

Dan Dries, Executive Chef, Whistling Straits
With 25 years of experience working at Cakebread Cellars, Culinary Director Brian Streeter will be working hand-in-hand with Whistling Straits® Head Chef Dan Dries to create a dinner unlike any other. This wine dinner will feature a welcome wine from Cakebread Cellars followed by a four-course meal. The unique twist is that Brian and Dan will both be showcasing their cooking chops as they highlight each course with a duo of dishes!     

$249.99

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HALL & BACA Dinner

6:30–9:30pm | Blackwolf Run®
Presenters: 
Jennifer Brown, General Manager, BACA Wines

Paul Smitala, Executive Chef, Blackwolf Run   

Jennifer Brown, General Manager of BACA Wines, and daughter of Kathryn Hall, the founder of HALL Wines, will walk you through a unique selection of vintages pulled from the HALL and BACA wine portfolios. Each wine is perfectly paired with one of Chef Paul Smitala's mouthwatering recipes.  

$174.99

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DeLille Cellars Dinner

6:30–9:30pm | The American Club® The Wisconsin Room

Presenter: Jason Gorski, Director of Winemaking & Viticulture, DeLille Cellars

DeLille Cellars has crafted over 200 wines with successive vintage ratings of 90+ points totaling an astounding 500+ individual 90+ scores from leading critics. These wines will showcase the power and finesse that the Washington terroir can impart upon a wine. Join Jason Gorski, Director of Winemaking and Viticulture for DeLille Cellars as he and Chef Troy Unruh of the Wisconsin Room pair DeLille Cellar Wines with Chef's inspiring culinary creations. This four-course dinner will be one to remember.

$174.99

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Ken Wright Wine Dinner

6:30–10pm | The American Club® The Immigrant Restaurant

Presenters: Ken Wright, Owner, Ken Wright Cellars

Leonard Sorce, Executive Chef, The Immigrant Restaurant
Ken Wright has had an interesting journey along the way to come to find that his calling was making some of the best pinot noir North America has to offer. Ken got his start from the ground up, waiting tables before finally attending college at UC-Davis for viticulture. From there, chance would open his eyes to the unique terroir that Oregon can offer to produce high-quality pinot noir. Join Ken as he offers his wines for pairing by the incredible Executive Chef of The Immigrant Restaurant, Leonard Source. This four-course dinner will show guests how diverse single-vineyard pinot noir from Oregon can be.  

$249.99

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World-Class Wisconsin Dinner Featuring the Bartolotta Restaurants

7:30–9:30pm | Culinary Stage 2

Presenter: 

Rod Ofte, General Manager, Wisconsin Meadows 

Aaron Bickham, Corporate Executive Chef, The Bartolotta Restaurants

Amanda Langler, Executive Chef, Mr. B’s – A Bartolotta Steakhouse – Brookfield 

Andy Westley, Breakthru Beverage Senior Director, Learning, Leadership and Sales Solutions
Our local ingredients put Wisconsin on a world-class stage. From grass-fed beef to award-winning cheese, there is much to celebrate about our state! Join the chefs from The Bartolotta Restaurants for an elevated culinary celebration of Wisconsin, as they prepare a four-course meal that highlights the finest ingredients this state has to offer with expertly paired wines.

$164.99

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Champagne Taittinger Food & Wine Send-Off

9–11pm | Champagne Taittinger Tent

All good things must come to an end, but here's your opportunity to keep things going for as long as you can with a celebration of bubbly. Enjoy flowing champagne and delectable bites as Champagne Taittinger shares some of its best bottles while the DJ keeps the party going throughout the evening.

$119.99

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Food & Wine 5K Fun Run with Ketel One Botanicals

9am | Sports Core
Join us for an early morning run through the village of Kohler with stops at each mile marker for a delicious sample of a Ketel One Vodka Spritz. Cross the finish line and Bloody Mary's and brunch hors d’oeuvres will be awaiting you. The race is untimed and will start at 9am. Runners must be 21 to participate and will receive a F&W event t-shirt. Registration forms and waivers will be filled out on site, so please arrive a few minutes early.
$45

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