The Coeur d’Alene Resort holds first food and wine festival

It was a weekend of foodie bliss at the Coeur d’Alene resort as they held their first Food and Wine Festival.

“When we heard they were going to have one in Coeur d’Alene, we were so excited,” said local food blogger, Sarah Carlton.

She writes for her blog Gather & Savor and says the area’s food scene is really catching fire.

Carlton wasn’t alone in her excitement for the festival, many of the weekends events were sold out.

“We were in seventh heaven,” said Carlton, “the spread was incredible and there was even live harp music.”

As a part of the festival, there were several organized meals, followed by classes for participants.

On Saturday classes included a “Coeur d’Cocktail” class for cocktail enthusiasts and a ceviche making class led by renowned local chef, Chad White.

“We really wanted to put on an event that said come see what we are doing and what your culture in the area is doing when it comes to the culinary arts scene,” said the resort’s beverage manager, Justin Schorzman.

He led the cocktail class and walked attendees through how to make ginger pear salty dogs, cucumber lemongrass martini’s and caprese Bloody Mary’s.

“The trick is to start with you mixers and your alcohol in the shakers first, before you start the ice, the reason I say that is so you don’t water it down,” he said.

As one who had a hand in organizing the event, he was thrilled with the turn-out.

“The Food and Wine Festival is here to stay,” he said. “We will have more chefs, more bartenders,more wineries, more people enjoying the culinary arts and what the Northwest has to offer.”