“From Terroir to Table” Fundraiser at Becker Vineyards

Dr. Richard and Bunny Becker are hosting “From Terroir to Table” in the Lavender Haus at Becker Vineyards near Stonewall to benefit the Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts. The award-winning wines of Becker Vineyards will be paired with the flavorful cuisine of Jason Dady, Executive Chef and Owner of Bin 555 Restaurant and Wine Bar in San Antonio. The evening begins with an optional winery tour led by Dr. Becker at 6:30 pm. A reception follows at 7 pm with the four-course dinner at 7:30 pm. A live and silent auction will be part of the celebration of fine wine and fine cuisine. Attire for the evening is “business”. Tickets are $125 per person. Seating is limited for the dinner and reservations are required. For information and reservations, contact Nichole Bendele at the winery.

The Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts is dedicated to the awareness, understanding and celebration of Texas food, wine and agriculture through educational programming and hands-0n experiences. For more information on the Center, visit www.texascenterforwineandculinaryarts.com

Pedernales Cellars Tempranillo 2009 picked Texas Monthly’s Wine of the Month

Patricia Sharpe, executive editor with Texas Monthly, has just named Pedernales Cellars Tempranillo, 2009, as Wine of the Month for March 2011 in her blog, Eat My Words.

Brian Phillips, beverage director and sommelier at Haddington’s in Austin a fairly new Rustic American Tavern serving upscale pub food and an array of hand-crafted cocktails and specialty beer and wine . . . recently served me a glass of this . . . and I was amazed at its full, rounded flavor as well as its levity. (Almost like a Pinot Noir.) It stood on its own as a great sipping wine. This selection is very different than the other Tempranillos we’ve shared in the past, and it’s worth discovering for yourself.

Welcome to Our New Website!

After several months of work, we have launched our new website.  We hope you like all the hard work that has been done.

The new site has room for larger pictures, and is easier for us to change than the old one.  We’ve also added a blog where you can keep up with the things going on in at Gästehaus Schmidt.

Please let us know what you think, or make a suggestion by posting a comment.

“Live Free & Fly” 4th of July Celebration in Luckenbach Texas

Annual event featuring Walt and Tina Wilkins and friends. Live music all day. Special guest this year are The Warren Hood Band, Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay, and Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay. A great Family day in Luckenbach, Texas. 1-6pm This is an outdoor event. Please bring your lawn chairs, dogs on leashes, grandmas, aunts and uncles. The World famous Lawn Mower Parade happens at 4pm. Fundraiser benefits the Harmony Project.

‘Tis the Season for Gift Certificates

sm_treeAre you wondering what to buy your loved one, friend, boss or business associate for a Christmas, birthday, anniversary or wedding gift? A Gift Certificate to a Fredericksburg, Texas  Bed & Breakfast or Guest House is the perfect solution. Just call 866-427-8374 toll free and purchase a gift certificate.  We can email the certificate to you so you can still get it in time for Christmas!

Tannenbaum Ball – December 4

groove daddy will perform december 4

Guests at the Gillespie County Historical Society’s annual Tannenbaum Ball will enjoy a top Austin show band, catered meal, silent auction and prize drawing on Saturday, December 4, at the Pioneer Pavilion in Lady Bird Park beginning at 7 p.m.

The theme for this year’s ball is the Diamond Anniversary, celebrating the Society’s forming in 1934 to preserve and share the area’s cultural heritage.

The public can purchase prize tickets for a .75-carat oval diamond valued at $2,200 donated by Segner’s Jewelers. Prize tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased from Segner’s Jewelers at 236 W. Main St, Fredericksburg TX; Janie Trantham at 830-990-9675; or Pam Spruiell at 830-997-5809.

Austin’s top show band – Groove Daddy – will liven up the event with popular tunes from the 1950s to today. The 10-piece group features a full horn section to help recreate the original sound of everyone’s favorite songs. They play high-energy dance hits by such artists as James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Kool and the Gang, The B-52s, Tina Turner, and more.

Carte Wheels will cater a full meal, beginning with hors d’oeuvres of Tiny Yorkshire Puddings with Shaved Roast Beef and Cranberry Horseradish, Seared Tuna Bite with Pickled Ginger and Wasabi Aioli, and Crisp French Carrot Salad Presented in a Petite Cone. Salad is Mixed Baby Greens, Dried Cranberries, Spiced Pecans, and Gorgonzola presented with Blush Vinaigrette in a shot glass on the side. Dinner is Roasted Beef Tenderloins Tournedos with Roasted Shallot and Port Demi Glace, Smoked Gouda Mashers, and Fine French Beans with Pancetta. Dessert is Carte Wheels’ Famous Apricot Bread Pudding with Butter Rum Sauce.

Attendees can also bid on select auction items which so far include a house for 12 in Santa Fe, murder mystery dinner, a condominium in Colorado, an antique gun, crawfish/shrimp boil for 40, a Houston Grand Opera package, plus fly fishing, a day hunt, gourmet dinner and helicopter ride.

Tickets for the ball are $100 per person and may be purchased online at www.pioneermuseum.net, or by calling 830-997-2835. For the first time, guests can reserve seating at the ball for $125 per person. Seats can be reserved only by calling 830-997-2835.

The annual Home Tour takes place on the following Saturday, December 11, 2010, from noon until 6 p.m. Tickets for the Home Tour are $25 per person and include tour booklet and access to seven homes decorated for the holiday season, all open to the public for the first time. Home Tour details and tickets are also available online at www.pioneermuseum.net.

The Home Tour and Ball are the largest fundraisers for the Gillespie County Historical Society. Details and tickets may be purchased by contacting the Gillespie County Historical Society, 312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, 830-997-2835.

Spring Family Event at the National Museum of the Pacific War – March 24

Families are invited to an afternoon filled with history and fun at the National Museum of the Pacific War, 328 East Main Street, at 2 pm. Learn about the use of “target kites” in WWII, then decorate one to take home. This program is recommended for children between the ages of six and ten years. All materials for easy and fun kite assembly are provided. At the end of the program, kites can be taken home to be flown. Admission to the program is $5.00 per child; this fee will cover the cost of supplies. The program will be capped at 18 children, pre-registration is encouraged.