Today's Hyatt Friday Photo is all about food and wine -- two things we know we can't live without! Park Hyatt Masters of Food & wine is continuing its adventure around the world in a new, exciting location: Park Hyatt Washington D.C. from June 2 through June 5. The weekend will focus on American winemakers and chefs, with intimate lunches and dinners featuring the region's freshest ingredients.
Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy on and off-site tastings that are designed to immerse them in the region's best locally-produced food and wine. Historically, American cheese has gotten a bad rap (and plastic wrap), but times have changed and Maryland's own FireFly Farms is one purveyor the hotel works with that has changed that perception. Since 2002, FireFly Farms has been making premium artisanal goat cheeses recognized both nationally and internationally. The cheeses are produced using agriculturally sustainable, locally-sourced, fresh goat's milk aged from five to eight weeks. You can learn more about exactly how the cheese is produced at FireFly's Cheesemaking 101 page.
Sommeliers and local wine experts will lead guests in a sampling some of the Mid-Atlantic region's best wines. Barboursville Vineyards's celebrated Octagon wine is a dark, rich Bordeaux-style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Named for the Thomas Jefferson-designed James Barbour residence on the winery grounds, Octagon is a pinnacle example of the Virginia and Monticello viticultural areas.
Masters of Food & Wine will kick off on Thursday, June 2 with an intimate five course dinner at Blue Duck Tavern led by Barboursville's winemaker Luca Paschina, while a special luncheon on the winery's grounds near Charlottesville, Va. will cap off the weekend on Sunday, June 5.
A variety of other food and wine events are being offered at Blue Duck Tavern and Park Hyatt Washington during Masters of Food & Wine. Additional details and reservation information may be found here or by calling 202-419-6768.