• On Sunday, January 20th, 5-9 p.m., at the Racquet Club, it's the third annual Italian Winterfest, a benefit for the Catholic Education Scholarship Fund and residents of the Ave Maria Home.
Serving it up at this event are: Pete & Sam’s, Garibaldi’s, Folk’s Folly, The Rendezvous, The Italian Rebel; Frank Grisanti’s, Coletta’s, Lucchesi’s Pasta, and Ciao Bella. And, of course, there will be plenty of wine.
This year's Winterfest is dedicated to event co-founder Sam Bomarito of Pete and Sam's, who passed away last year.
Tickets are $40 in advanced, or $45 at the door. For tickets, contact, Lisa Bell at 405-3791, firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Helen Carmack at 373-1205, email@example.com.
• Also on Sunday, from 4 to 6 p.m., it's the Iron Shaker Cocktail Competition at Hog & Hominy.
Four teams compete in an Iron Chef-like contest, creating cocktails from 3 of the 5 secret ingredients provided. Team leaders are Michael Hughes of Joe's Liquors team; Jayce McConnell of Snackbar in Oxford; Anna Katherine Metzger from 12Bar on Beale; and Nick Talarico of Hog & Hominy and Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen.
Judging the concoctions will be Hog & Hominy's Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman; Edible Memphis' Melissa Petersen; Chubby Vegetarian Justin Fox Burks; and the Flyer's own Hannah Sayle.*
Guests receive a welcome cocktail from each team and vote for a winner the People's Choice award. Tickets are $30 and available at Hog & Hominy. Proceeds go to Grow Memphis.
*FYI, Hannah Sayle will be a guest on this week's Local Color on WKNO. It airs tonight, January 17th, 8:30 p.m.