9 Perfect Pairings: Midwest Wine Experiences
Kohler, Wisconsin: Food and Wine Experience
Old-school funk music pumps through a tent at The American Club resort, and Chicago celebrity chef Graham Elliott Bowles trots between rows of tables, fists clenched in the air, shouting hello to the more than 200 people gathered to watch him make his spin on Christmas classics.
The session, one of dozens that take place during Kohler's Food and Wine Experience, brings some of the biggest-name chefs to this AAA five-diamond resort 55 miles north of Milwaukee (October 20-23, 2011).
Foodies who dine at buzzworthy restaurants, home cooks who can't wait to try new recipes and wine enthusiasts all find their way here; the 7,000 attendees range from students in their 20s to seasoned cooks in their 70s. One-hour sessions run $25 to $40 each (special dinners can cost much more). At all of them, the audience gets generous wine pours and learns from the winemakers why a particular vintage works with the amazing dishes coming out of the oven and with the award-winning Wisconsin cheeses being served.
Most of the license plates in the parking lot are from Wisconsin, and visitors told us they hoped word about their 11-year-old "secret" festival wouldn't get out--but it's just too good not to share. (800) 344-2838; destinationkohler.com -- Kendra L. Williams
Pictured: Food Network celebrity chef Anne Burrell cooks for crowds at Kohler's Food and Wine Experience.