Giveaway: Belgian Beer Kit from Palm Beer

Palm Beer has offered to give one lucky WTVC reader a Belgian Beer Kit featuring a pair of uniquely-shaped beer glasses and Belgian Beer on the Menu, a book about Belgian beer/food pairings.

A Pair of Palm Beer Glasses – a $20 Value: Scientific studies show that the shape of glassware will impact head development and retention. Why is this important? The foam created by pouring a beer acts as a net for many of the volatiles in a beer. What’s a volatile? Compounds that evaporate from beer to create its aroma, such as hop oils, all kinds of yeast fermentation
byproducts like alcohol, fusels and fruity esters, spices or other additions.

Beer Sommelier Ben Vinken’s book “Belgian Beer on the Menu” – a $40 Value: Ben Vinken, the author, is a world authority when it comes to Belgian beers.  He is a beer sommelier and describes beer like one would wine, and he is a pioneer in the field of beer and food pairing

Palm Beer KitAlthough no actual booze is included in the give- away, here’s a look at some of Palm’s delicious brews:

PALM the sociable beer for every day, for everyone.

“Speciale Belge” is one of the better Belgian beers of the early 20th century. This smooth-drinking, amber-coloured top-fermentation beer has a sensible alcohol content.  Special PALM malts determine its honey-like mellowness and PALM’s own selected yeasts give it a fruity yeast aroma. Fine aroma hops from Kent afford subtle harmony. PALM is the absolute number one “BELGIAN AMBER BEER”.

RODENBACH Caractère Rouge and RODENBACH Vintage 2009

In addition to the RODENBACH VINTAGE, which was introduced for the third time already this year, the Roeselare-based brewery also developed 900 unique bottles of RODENBACH Caractère Rouge in cooperation with top chef Viki Geunes. Because of his astute, unique tasting skills and his exceptional creativity, PALM Breweries asked Viki Geunes to cooperate in its product innovation and development.

STEENBRUGGE, a holy order from PALM Breweries.

In 2003 the prior of Sint-Pietersabdij authorised PALM Breweries to brew the STEENBRUGGE abbey beer. He instructed Belgium’s leading family brewer to carefully preserve the legacy of St Arnoldus for future generations. PALM Breweries solemnly promised to safeguard the unique, ancient recipe.

BRUGGE Tripel, the taste and smell of Bruges’ rich history.

A top-fermented beer with a characteristic smoked yeast aroma.  Undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle.  The secret of its complex taste is “Gruut”, a traditional blend of herbs from Bruges.  A sturdy beer for the passionate enthusiast of heavier connoisseurs’ beers.  BRUGGE Tripel has won the Gold Medal at the prestigious “Monde Sélection Brussels” three times.


Estaminet Premium Pils is the latest example of PALM Breweries’ craftmanship. You can see, smell and taste the result: a golden-yellow pilsner with a subtle hop aroma, low alcohol content (5.2%) and distinct fruity flavour. Estaminet Premium Pils is a thirst-quenching, refreshing beer.


A hazy and rusty orange hued beer with a half inch of white head. The aroma is nice with notes of hay and oak. The flavor is earthy and oaky, and much sweeter than expected. Sharpness in the finish.

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Giveaway: No Sides Needed

No Sides Need: 34 Recipes to Simplify Life

61y%2BhhbrRHL. SL500 AA272 PIkin3,BottomRight,28,32 AA300 SH20 OU02  No Sides NeedStuart Reb Donald is at it again and this time he’s gone digital for his first cookbook for Kindle No Sides Need: 34 Recipes to Simplify Life.

Donald, long established as one of the most passionate food writers in the blogosphere, offers busy families a chance to eat good without too much fuss.  According to the author, “I have never understood the mindset that every meal should have multiple courses.  Certain types of food like sandwiches and casseroles are meant to contain the entire meal in one vessel.  This book is a return to that modesty.”  No Sides Needed is the first e-cookbook for Donald who has penned two standard cookbooks including the Gourmand World Cookbook Award nominated Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico.

Final day to sign-up is 4-26-12.  To enter simply leave a comment below.

Giveaway: The Frugal Foodie Cookbook

The Frugal Foodie Cookbook

The Frugal Foodie CookbookCooking great meals at home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Written by two foodies who refused to let their eat-in kitchen or tiny budget disappoint their taste buds, this creative collection proves you don’t have to be wealthy to enjoy fine food! Alanna Kaufman and Alex Small, founders of the popular blog, offer you 200 mouthwatering recipes that will please their palates and their pocketbooks.

About the Authors
Alanna Kaufman (New York, NY) is originally from Bethesda, MD. She has always loved writing, and served as city news editor of the Daily Pennsylvanian while attending the University of Pennsylvania with Alex. She also spent a year writing for Slashfood, AOL?s food blog. In addition to writing for Two Fat Als, Kaufman is also attending graduate school in New York City.

Alex Small (New York, NY) grew up in Easton, CT, where he began experimenting in the kitchen at an early age. He met Alanna at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005, while serving as a senior photography editor at the Daily Pennsylvanian. In 2006, the pair created the popular food blog, Two Fat Als, for which Alex manages the web design and photography. He is currently living in New York City, attending graduate school.

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Giveaway: Working the Plate

Working the Plate

Working the PlateIn the world of cooking, presentation is every bit as important as flavor. This idea is critical for restaurants, where a dish’s appearance could determine the difference between excellent reviews and bankruptcy. Enter Styler’s new work, a step-by-step recipe manual for home cooks interested in making their dishes look as good as they taste. This is no ordinary cookbook; think of it as a compilation of ideas.

Ten of the nation’s top chefs here introduce eight styles of plating. Delineated by chapters focusing on the art and principles of plating, the brief but packed text allows readers to indulge in various styles, including “Minimalist,” “Artist,” “Architect,” “Contemporary European Style,” “Asian Influence,” and “Desserts: Classic and Contemporary.” The book features photographs of chefs preparing dishes and is sparsely designed with an eye to beauty, allowing food design to take center stage. Styler doesn’t seek to be an authority on plating but instead hopes that this work will serve as an introduction to the art. Highly recommended for large public libraries.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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Stuart’s Honors & Awards

2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up


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