Messina Hof’s Cooking Party with the Chef


The holiday season has finally arrived with the cooler weather, and with it is the opportunity for some holiday dish inspiration. Messina Hof is hosting its monthly Cooking Party with the Chef—this time with a “Holiday Fare” theme. This festive opportunity to eat lunch, drink wine, and be merry is offered on Sunday, November 18 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The special event will be held on Messina Hof’s Bryan property. Lunch will be prepared and served in The Vintage House Restaurant’s Vineyard Room, which was listed as one of Open Table’s Most Romantic Restaurants in America. The winery’s Designer Events Coordinator, Sarah Fite, emphasizes that the menu is “handcrafted by our in-house chef” one week in advance so that the freshest ingredients are used to create an enjoyable meal. Messina Hof’s two chefs are Chris Shepley and Glen Huggins.

The chefs design a menu of 3 to 4 holiday-themed courses that cooks of all skill levels are able to replicate. As Fite says, “We try to make sure that everyone can duplicate these meals and these dishes at home.” Everyone from novice to gourmand is welcome to enjoy an expertly prepared lunch—and imbibe wine pairings in the process.

Guests who volunteer will also have the opportunity to assist in the meal’s preparation; however, those who wish to just sit back and enjoy the afternoon are welcome to do so. Fite emphasizes that diners are welcome to ask the chef questions while he cooks for them. Additionally, Messina Hof takes great care to accommodate any guest’s dietary restrictions.

The Sunday afternoon at Messina Hof’s highly rated restaurant promises a “casual” atmosphere where guests may indulge in a “full-course meal” and wines that accent the dishes they eat, according to Fite. The cost to attend the cooking party is $91.57, which includes tax and gratuity. With purchase of a ticket to the event, the diners will receive a printed compilation of recipes from the lunch. Guests will also be entered in drawings that occur throughout the afternoon for various cooking-themed prizes.

Why not spend a Sunday afternoon eating lunch prepared by a professional chef that also complements wines from Messina Hof’s own vineyard? Get your tickets today through Messina Hof’s website to enjoy crafted cuisine that embraces the flavors and merriment of the holiday season.


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