A Luscious Grape Tasting Experience!

By Lynn Ponder:  Last week I was invited to Michy’s Restaurant as part of Grapes from California media tour in Miami.  Have you had the pleasure to meet Chef Michy or for that matter enjoy her delectable cuisine? Let me tell you that you are missing out big time if you have not been to one of her restaurants in Miami. Actually, webcitygirls is coming out with “regalitos” and Michy’s restaurant is part of our network of friends so stay tuned for our email blast with info soon!

We were greeted with a sweet smile by Chef Michy Bernstein, Karen Brux, VP of Marketing Communications for Grapes from California and the friendly team of PR Fleishman-Hillard.  The table setting was gorgeous and once all the Miami Foodies bloggers were introduced delicacies made with grapes began to appear!

Lynn, Carolyn, Michy and Laura

Did you know that grapes are one of the three most consumed and most popular fruits in America and that the US table grape season runs from May to January.  99% of grapes in the US are grown in California with 100 million boxes being produced, where 60% are sold in the US and 40% are exported.

“Grapes are nature’s perfect snacking gift – they are portable, delicious and fresh and loved by children and adults alike,” said Karen Brux, vice president of marketing communications for the commission.  “We hear a lot about super foods.  This is our way of highlighting the wonderful qualities of grapes from California that make them the perfect super snack”. Now being touted as “The Original Super Snack”.

Grapes of every color contain a variety of antioxidants and other polyphenols, natural components in grapes that may contribute to a healthy heart.  Grapes also contain potassium and are a good source of vitamin K, wich plays a role in helping blood to clot.

Plus with just 90 calories per servicing, grapes from California are an all-natural snack that you can enjoy with no fuss and no muss, making them a super substitute for high-calorie, high-fat, processed foods.

Our luncheon First Course an exclusive creation by extraordinaire Chef Michy:

White Gazpacho, Grapes, Cucumbers, Jerez and Olive Oil  ~It was truly scrumptious

Second Course:

Pancetta Wrapped Snapper Braised with Red and Green grapes, Pressed Juice, Roast Fennel Puree

Third Course culminated our delightful lunch:

Peanut Butter Panna Cotta, Dark Grape Gelee, Jus and Dried Crispies

For delicious ways to snack on grapes, visit www.grapesfromcalifornia.com and we would also like to encourage you to submit your favorite “Super Snack” idea featuring California grapes for a chance to win $5,000, an awesome contest at:  www.facebook.com/grapesfromcalifornia

Now you know more reasons to love grapes!  Chin Chin toast with grapes = Salud!