Thursday, May 26, 2011

Battle of the Bay

On Sunday, May 22nd, Bounty Hunter rented the Legends Club Box at AT&T Park. We watched and cheered with excitement as our World Series Champions (that never gets old) defeated the Athletics, sweeping them back across the water in the “Battle of the Bay” series. Burriss came through with a walk-off RBI single that drove in lightning-quick Ford for the win in the bottom of the 11th! It’s only May, but the Giants are thrilling the fans at home already. This was their 9th straight win at AT&T Park and 7th win with a walk-off hit. It seems they have finally found their groove and are working hard to own that first place slot.

It was such a treat to spend some quality face to face time with our devoted customers. We were pouring delicious wines, there were classic conversations going on all around us, and the Giants put on a great show. I know that there are some of you out there who really wanted to attend this game, but the date just didn’t work. Please don’t fret, you may have another opportunity later in the summer to spend the day at the park with your favorite Bounty Hunter Wine Scouts. Check back with us soon.

Next time you hear from me, I’ll be giving you a behind the scenes look at the famous Auction Napa Valley 2011 taking place June 2-4 at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

Until then, Cheers!

--Summer Olson, Event & PR Manager

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

2011 Hall Cabernet Cook-off

And Second Place in the professional category of the Peoples’ Choice award goes to….Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ!

Last Saturday we hitched up our new mobile smoker, put on our best Bounty Hunter duds, and headed up valley to Hall Winery and competed in the 2nd annual Hall Cabernet Cook-off. The sun was bright and the winds were gusty. It was our smoker’s inaugural event and we were excited to show her off. Coming off a 1st place win last year, we were ready! Since we wowed them with our delicious ribs last year, we thought we’d switch it up this year and deliver Cabernet stave smoked pulled pork sliders topped with our one of a kind cole slaw. Well that worked for us…sort of. While everyone loved us and were happy to have some pulled pork, the ribs were missed. I was surprised by just how many people asked, “Where are the ribs?” or “We came just for the ribs!” I guess when you have a hit, you just go with it. Don’t worry, our loyal devotees, the ribs will be back and better than ever next year!

In spite of our sliders coming in second, I’m extremely proud of our team. There was stiff competition and taking the Silver home is a great way to end the day. A little horn tooting…we defeated Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, Mustards Grill, Go Fish, The Kitchen at AVIA, Sunshine Foods Market, Cochon Volant, Champinones Catering and Kara’s Cupcakes. I suppose you are wondering who won first place? It was Paula LaDuc’s Fine Catering. They must have been watching Anthony Bourdain’s show “No Reservations,” as they served his favorite, pork belly, and won over the crowd. I guess I should stop just DVRing him and actually watch an episode or two. It seems he speaks for the masses. He’s pork all the way and in this competition pork saw both the Gold and the Silver!

All in all, it was great fun and we thank Hall Winery for hosting such a lovely event.

We’re headed to AT&T Park at the end of the month to catch a Giants game and drink some of our favorite wines in a luxury box with you, our number one fans…hope to see you there, or maybe at another time, having a glass at the Wine Bar.

--Summer Olson, Event & PR Manager