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The Mendel Center Box Office is open remotely
via phone and email Monday-Friday from 2pm-6pm.
Saturday, February 13, 2021
6 pm - Interactive Cooking Demonstration
7 pm - Guided wine and chocolate tastings, winery tour, and musical interludes
It may be cold outside, but it’s cozy and warm inside. This year, Winter Delights is coming into your home for a relaxing night of wine, chocolates, cooking, music, and other fun surprises. Start the evening with an interactive Zoom cooking demonstration with Chef Amado. Then be guided through a series of virtual wine and chocolate tastings, punctuated with live music interludes.
Each package includes:
Have your wine, chocolate, and recipes shipped to your home or pick them up the week of February 8 at the Welch Center on the Lake Michigan College Benton Harbor campus. Then, join us on your own, as a couple, or (safely) with friends.
Your wine guide for the evening
Michael Moyer is the Director of the Wine and Viticulture program at Lake Michigan College, currently in its fifth year. He has 20 years of commercial winemaking experience and holds a Master of Science in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis. He comes to Michigan most recently from Figgins Family Wine Estates in Walla Walla, Washington. Prior to that, Moyer worked as Instructor of Wine Science and Winemaker for College Cellars of Walla Walla. His early industry experience was gained in Amador, Napa, and Sonoma counties, as well as the Willamette Valley.
Your culinary guide for the evening
A native of Guadalajara Mexico, Chef Amado began his career at the age of 14 as a pastry ____. He moved to US to Study culinary arts and Graduated from GRCC in 1992. He then traveled to Europe and worked in Spain and Belgium to develop his knowledge of classical European Pastry. He was the program director for The Culinary Institute of Michigan at Muskegon, Michigan for 22 years. He is currently the Culinary Management Program Chair at Lake Michigan College since 2016. In the summer months he travels internationally to teach workshops and masterclasses to other professional chefs in Europe and Latin America.
Live music from Alex & Erin
Alex Holycross (The Native Howl) and Erin Zindle (Erin Zindle & The Ragbirds) have joined forces, from vastly different musical backgrounds, to perform as a new duo. Their fresh sound, dubbed ‘Outlaw Americana’, splices Alex’s heavier bluegrass/metal style with Erin’s sultry songwriter/world music influences. The guitar/fiddle driven performance showcases a new take on story-telling by drawing lyrical parallels between folklore and the current state of the world.