A NIGHT FOR THE CURE

#1Night for Cure Susan Komen 2018 (93) OPTWoodloch Resort to Host 12th Annual “A Night for the Cure”
Benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure of NEPA raising funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer

On Sunday, October 20, 2019, Woodloch Pines Resort, an all-inclusive resort in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, will host the 12th Annual A Night for the Cure. The tricky-tray fundraiser benefits Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania as part of BK Hope Cures. Originally established 20 years ago by Bob Kiesendahl (BK), co-owner of Woodloch and leukemia survivor, the organization’s mission is to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer.

Last year’s event sold out, attracting more than 500 attendees and raising over $21,000, 100% of which benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 50% of the dollars raised stay right here in Pennsylvania for education, screening and treatment grants, and 50% goes towards cancer research.

#2Night for Cure Susan Komen 2018 (5)Held in the Heritage Nightclub at Woodloch Pines from 5 to 8 PM, the family-friendly evening will feature over 150 items donated by local individuals and businesses, as well as wine and beer tastings, chair massages, face painting for children, hors d’oeuvres, a dessert table, and a 50/50 raffle. Guests will enjoy live entertainment and have the chance to win dining gift certificates, unique gift baskets, and overnight stay packages at the area’s leading resorts and hotels. Admission costs $10, and 100% of the proceeds are donated. The dress code is casual, and attendees are encouraged to wear pink in support of the cause.

“It’s a wonderful night to get together with friends, show our support for the survivors, and raise money for the cause. We’re now in our 12th year, and the event just continues to get better and better! We are extremely grateful to the local businesses and individuals who donate their time and talents to make A Night for the Cure spectacular. All of this hard work and generosity is truly making a difference in the battle against cancer,” said Bob Kiesendahl.

#3Night for Cure Susan Komen 2018 (145) OPTIn addition to A Night for the Cure, Hope Cures also holds two other fundraising events each year, which include both a golf tournament and a 5K run/walk. During the past 20 years, Hope Cures has raised over $1.2 million These funds benefit cancer research and patient care at several worthy facilities and foundations.

For more information about Hope Cures and this October’s great event, please visit: www.bkhopecures.org/trickytray. Additionally, table and room reservations can be arranged by calling Woodloch Resort at 570-685-8002.

SELECT WINES THAT MATCH YOUR STYLE

WinepicOct19-OPT(Family Features) For a novice, simply distinguishing a wine preference – white or red, sweet or dry – may be the extent of his or her comfort level. However, a more experienced wine enthusiast knows there is an entire world to explore when it comes to discovering interesting wine styles.

 

For example, winemakers in the Spanish wine regions of Ribera del Duero and Rueda draw on hundreds of years of history perfecting the art of winemaking. Together, these regions produce an array of flavorful, full-bodied reds and crisp, refreshing white wines. Recently, these regions have garnered attention for their wines’ value and versatility, making them solid choices for someone looking to explore and develop his or her palate without breaking the bank.

 

“The wines of Ribera del Duero are generally made in a more generous, international style that would make them a natural transition for a traditional drinker of Cabernet Sauvignon,” said Brahm Callahan, master sommelier and Ribera del Duero y Rueda ambassador. “The same can be said for Rueda. The wines have bright, ripe fruit, great weight and texture, and offer an excellent alternative for someone who likes Sauvignon Blanc.”

 

Ribera del Duero

There are 300 wineries in Ribera del Duero, which surrounds the Duero River for 100 miles across the region. The semi-arid terrain and climate create optimal ripening conditions for the Tempranillo grapes that define the region’s wines’ distinctive character. If you like Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, the big, rich, bold red wines of the region may be to your liking.

 

  • For the party host: A highly rated red that is soft juicy and impressively flavorful is sure to impress guests. Encourage guests to explore beyond their go-to with a Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero.

 

  • For the gift-giver: For a special occasion (either as a reward for yourself or someone else), the critically acclaimed Vega Sicilia Unico is a quality choice. This wine boasts the perfect proportion of fruit (plums and berries), tannins and acidity for a true splurge.

 

  • For the casual wine drinker: A clean, bright blush rosé with notes of raspberries and strawberries is an enjoyable option throughout the day, from brunch to cocktail hour and onto the patio at twilight.

 

Rueda

One of the hallmarks of Rueda’s refreshing white wines is versatility. With just the right amount of fruit and a refreshing finish, wines from Rueda are clean, bright and complex, yet effortlessly drinkable. The region is home to 70 wineries clustered on the plateau of Castilla y Leon at a high altitude of about 2,300-2,600 feet above sea level. The difficult growing environment, mineral-filled gravel soils and abundance of sunshine help create a crisp white wine with character.

 

  • For the environmentalist: If organic and sustainable winemaking appeals to you, Menade Verdejo is well-known as a flavorful wine made with the environment in mind. These fifth-generation sibling winemakers are pioneers in organic viticulture with an organic certification for their winery and vineyard.

 

  • For the bubble lover: Light bubbles are perfect alone or paired with fish and fruits, and a varietal featuring the Verdejo grape is a less common but delightful way to enjoy a little bubbly.

 

  • For the warm weather enthusiast: A crisp, refreshing glass of an option likeVerdejo offers minerality and intense fruit flavors to unveil an intense palate with a refreshing acidity that is ideal for a hot day.

 

Learn more about the region and its wines at riberaruedawine.com.

 

 

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SETTLERS HOSPITALITY COLORS FALL

#1Settlers_Steak Week at GlassSettlers Hospitality celebrates harvest time in the Pocono Mountains by serving up a bounty of events that capture the sights, sounds and flavors of the season.  The Settlers Inn, Silver Birches Resort, Ledges Hotel and Hawley Silk Mill boast a roster of events  that make the most of fall in the Lake Region.

First, say Bienvenue a Paris with a cooking class devoted to croissants on September 8. Settlers Hospitality Executive Pastry Chef Julia Kent will share the classic French techniques of making the iconic pastry. Comedy takes center stage on September 13. A trio of professional comedians will appear in The Boiler Room at The Hawley Silk Mill. The lineup includes Mike Keegan, Chris Scopo and  headliner Teddy Smith. The creative cuisine of Glass- wine.bar.kitchen comes to The Boiler Room at The Hawley Silk Mill on September 28. Guests can enjoy signature dishes overlooking the Paupack High Falls during seatings at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.

#2Settlers_Chef KateFestivities in October get underway with Chile vs Argentina Wine Dinner at The Settlers Inn on October 4. The elegant meal is paired with a blind tasting of wines selected by the Inn’s Sommelier Claude Briere. That’s a prelude to Hawley Harvest Hoedown and a signature event- Rocktoberfest. The fall favorite celebration on October 5 at The Hawley Silk Mill features the food, music and merriment of a traditional Oktoberfest. The $15 entrance fee includes beer samples from more than 20 craft breweries. A la carte Oktoberfest foods, soup samplings, soup-to-go and live music by Eric Rudy and O & Co round out the offerings.  Bike, Brew and Brats lets visitors combine the festivities with a fall foliage tour. Join Sawmill Cycles for a scenic bicycle ride then return to the Hawley Silk Mill and enjoy free admission to Rocktoberfest.

Visitors can really sink their teeth into Steak Week, October 16-20. Week-long specials at Glass- wine.bar.kitchen at Ledges Hotel will spotlight various cuts of beef, from Filet Mignon and Sirloin to Rib Eye and Tri-Tip. Delicacies of the sea are featured during Lobsterfest at The Dock on Wallenpaupack. From October 21-November 27, the restaurant at Silver Birches Resort creates an assortment of savory entrees starring the crustacean.

Just in time for hunting season, Chef Kate Woehrle will share her talents for preparing venison.  Oh Deer, It’s That Time of Year on October 18 will feature five ways to cook deer. The fun and informative cooking class in the Boiler Room at the Hawley Silk Mill includes a full dinner.

Storytelling Dinner at The Settlers Inn is one of the most highly anticipated events of fall in Hawley. For two nights, October 25 and October 26, storyteller Sandy Gabrielson will offer captivating tales while guests enjoy a family-style seasonal meal. The Undercroft Room overflows with hand-carved pumpkins that illuminate the space and set a festive tone.

Go from boo to salud! An Italian Wine Dinner at The Settlers Inn on November 8 boasts a farm-to-table menu of Italian entrees perfectly paired with some of Italy’s finest wines.

Settlers Hospitality offers five ways to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. On November 27 gather at Glass- wine.bar.kitchen at Ledges Hotel for Friendsgiving on Thanksgiving Eve. Enjoy drinks, dinner and live music with John Curtin in a cool, casual setting. For a traditional Thanksgiving meal of farm-to-table favorites, make a reservation for Thanksgiving Dinner at The Settlers Inn on November 28. It’s a holiday feast of your choosing during the Thanksgiving Buffet at The Waterfront at Silver Birches on November 28. Fuss-Free Thanksgiving at The Dock on Wallenpaupack offers a family style Thanksgiving meal in a casual setting. Stay home and enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with none of the cooking. The Settlers Inn offers Thanksgiving Dinner to Go featuring turkey and all the trimmings. Thanksgiving meals ready to heat may be picked up on November 28 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Orders must be placed by November 26.

Whether it’s a relaxing getaway, memorable meal or unique special event, Settlers Hospitality crafts the finest offerings of the season into exceptional experiences.

About Settlers Hospitality
Settlers Hospitality, boutique multi-concept hospitality in Hawley, PA, consists of The Settlers Inn, Ledges Hotel, Silver Birches Resort, Hotel Anthracite, Sayre Mansion, The Dock on Wallenpaupack, Glass- wine.bar.kitchen, Kol Steakhouse, Cocoon Coffeehouse and Bakery, Lake Region Fitness and Art on the edge. For more information, check out SettlersHospitality.com

FAMILY FAVORITES WITH A BLENDED TWIST

#1FamilyFavorites_14649_A_UF-OPTIf you are raising picky eaters, there’s a cooking technique that makes some of kids’ favorite foods – like burgers and nachos – more nutritious while still tasting delicious.

 

Mushrooms, with their inherent umami flavor, are a perfect addition to blend into meals to increase both flavor and nutrition. Chefs kicked off the trend by blending finely chopped mushrooms with meat for burgers that are flavorful, healthy and Earth-friendly, and now blended burgers are showing up in school cafeterias, supermarket meat counters and fast food drive-thrus.

 

“Blended entrees like burgers are a win-win-win for families wanting to eat better,” said Dayle Hayes, registered dietitian and founder of School Meals That Rock. “Mushrooms add delicious umami flavor, reduce fat and sodium in many popular dishes and kids love them.”

 

Another fan of blending is MasterChef Junior finalist and teen chef, Evan Robinson. Robinson likes to blend with multiple varieties of mushrooms in family favorites such as tacos, burgers and stuffed peppers.

 

“I find that blending mushrooms into some of my go-to recipes helps increase the flavor while reducing the amount of fat and sodium,” Robinson said.

 

If you’re ready to start blending at home, it can be a simple process for introducing foods to even the pickiest of eaters. Recruit kids as kitchen helpers to tackle tasks such as wiping mushrooms clean and using their hands to blend the meat and mushrooms together.

 

For more family-friendly, blended recipes, visit Blenditarian.com.

 

Blended Mushroom Nachos

Recipe courtesy of Chef Evan Robinson

Servings: 4

 

5          shiitake mushrooms

5          white button mushrooms

1          clove garlic

1/4       cup chopped onions

1          tablespoon Mexican meat seasoning

10        ounces ground turkey

 

Cheese Sauce:

1          tablespoon butter

1          tablespoon flour

1          cup milk

1 1/4    cups Mexican blend shredded cheese

 

tortilla chips

salsa (optional)

guacamole (optional)

kale (optional)

romaine lettuce (optional)

tomatoes (optional)

cilantro (optional)

diced red bell peppers (optional)

 

In blender or food processor, pulse mushrooms, garlic and onions. In large saute pan over medium-high heat, mix finely chopped mushroom mixture with seasoning and cook 2 minutes. Add ground turkey, breaking into fine crumbles until completely cooked through. Set aside.

 

To make cheese sauce: In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter then add flour and whisk constantly, breaking up lumps. Stir 2 minutes then add milk and continuously whisk. Stir in cheese and mix with wooden spoon.

 

Assemble chips on serving platter; spread mushroom-meat crumble on top. Add cheese sauce and toppings like salsa, guacamole, kale, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro and diced red bell peppers, if desired.

 

A Cooking Technique You Need to Know: Blending

 

Blending involves mixing finely chopped mushrooms with ground meat for more nutritious, but still delicious, burgers, tacos, meatballs and more.

 

  1. Chop your favorite mushroom variety to match the consistency of the ground meat. This can be done with a knife or food processor.

 

  1. Blend the chopped mushrooms with the ground meat.

 

  1. Cook with Mexican seasoning mix for tacos, marinara sauce for meaty ragu or salt and pepper for juicy, flavorful burgers.

 

#2FamilyFavorites_14649_B_UFPizza Burgers

Recipe courtesy of Chef Evan Robinson

Servings: 4

 

1          tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1          medium portabella mushroom, finely chopped

2-3       white button mushrooms, finely chopped

1/2       small onion

1/2       clove garlic

2          teaspoons Italian-style herb seasoning

8          ounces ground beef

salt, to taste

pizza or marinara sauce

shredded mozzarella cheese

hamburger buns

 

In large pan over medium-high heat, saute extra-virgin olive oil, mushrooms, onions, garlic and herb seasoning approximately 5 minutes until vegetables are soft. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.

 

Blend mushroom mixture with ground beef. Season with salt, to taste.

 

Form into four patties and cook in same pan as mushroom mixture to preferred doneness. Top with dollop pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. Cover pan to melt cheese then carefully transfer to buns.

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OCTOBER 2019 ISSUE

OCT2019 CoverSTRIP-OPTFAMILY FAVORITES WITH A BLENDED TWIST

If you are raising picky eaters, there’s a cooking technique that makes some of kids’ favorite foods – like burgers and nachos – more nutritious while still tasting delicious.
Read full article here

SETTLERS HOSPITALITY COLORS FALL

Settlers Hospitality celebrates harvest time in the Pocono Mountains by serving up a bounty of events that capture the sights, sounds and flavors of the season.
Read full article here

SELECT WINES THAT MATCH YOUR STYLE

For a novice, simply distinguishing a wine preference – white or red, sweet or dry – may be the extent of his or her comfort level. However, a more experienced wine enthusiast knows there is an entire world to explore when it comes to discovering interesting wine styles.
Read full article here

A NIGHT FOR THE CURE

On Sunday, October 20, 2019, Woodloch Pines Resort, an all-inclusive resort in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, will host the 12th Annual A Night for the Cure. The tricky-tray fundraiser benefits Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania as part of BK Hope Cures.
Read full article here