Friends of Cooper’s Hawk Wine Club Welcome Chef Anne Burrell – An evening of good food and wine and lots of laughter as Food Network Chef, Anne Burrell, entertains the Wine Club.
If you want to know what it means for a restaurant to have a very loyal customer base, ask Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants. This restaurant, based in suburban Chicago, has 35 locations across the country. Cooper’s Hawk understands who it’s customers are, what they expect and then exceeds those expectations.
Started in 2005 by Tim McEnery with a mission to pair good food and wine in a comfortable and inviting environment, he has successfully built a business that welcomes all no matter your wine knowledge. In fact, they have created a wine program within their restaurants where guests are invited to sample wines in their tasting rooms. The feeling of Napa in your own neighborhood. Learn about the different wines, their origins and food pairings for over 50 wines offered by Cooper’s Hawk.
Another step in showing their passion and dedication to this aspect of their business is their highly successful Wine Club. With over 250,000 members and led by Emily Wines, an internationally qualified sommelier and one of only 149 individuals in the Americas to be designated Master Sommelier, members are exposed to a depth of education and experiences to match their level of interest. From events to adventures, Cooper’s Hawk offers it all.
The Wine Club offers monthly multi course dinners centered around a wine, cheese, recipe or cultural experience. This is an exclusive event created specifically for Members. The Club offers a wide variety of memberships depending on your preferences which they have outlined in their club overview. There are Members-Only parties, classes, domestic and international wine trips and events. And it is for this reason that I learned about the loyalty members have for Cooper’s Hawk.
Celebrity Chef, Anne Burrell, from the Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America, hosted an evening of cooking demonstrations, education (some knife skills which this knife rep found fun to share with you), delicious food and wine and of course, lots of laughter. As this was my first experience with Cooper’s Hawk Wine Club, seeing the crowd for this sit-down dinner was fabulous. Their energy, excitement and interest in all that was being shared was proof that Cooper’s Hawk understands their audience.
Chef Anne shared some of her recipes for the dishes we were enjoying along with the stories that went behind them.
Goat Cheese Cheesecake
The entire evening was filled with delicious dishes, fun and yes, wine. And so much laughter! We left with Chef Anne’s new cookbook and some tips for cooking at home.
While I have been sharing about the Wine Club thus far, Cooper’s Hawk offers a menu of contemporary American fusion dishes that are made from scratch, incorporating seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Menus are offered for Chef Recommendations, Gluten Free, Happy Hour, for the Kids, Catering and Carry-out accommodating most food and dietary preferences. Each dish is matched with a suggested wine to enhance and highlight flavors like these ahi tacos:
AHI TUNA* TACOS bin 78 Blackened and Seared Rare, Citrus Slaw, Sriracha Cream, Pico de Gallo, Avocado, Cilantro, Wasabi Cream
So many choices on the menu just for you. If you are a looking for an interactive way to learn more about wine and food pairings, check out Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants and their Wine Club. Coming up in April is a chef event welcoming Chef Richard Blais as their next Friend of Cooper’s Hawk. As I have had the pleasure of knowing him through my work in the housewares world, I am very excited about this event! Get your tickets soon as they will go quickly!