At the Sub-Zero | Wolf Culinary Events Center in Burlingame, the menus for our culinary classes transition with the seasons. On the heels of the New Year of 2016, Supper Club, our once-monthly educational dinner demonstration event, shifts into winter with dishes grilled, sliced, and sautéed before observing guests present to better understand the broad spectrum of features and benefits of the full line of Sub-Zero and Wolf products.
With two resident product experts from Riggs, Chef Ivan Dubriwny and Trade Manager, Shae Wilder, each person attending Tuesday evening’s event received an in-depth introduction to the Sub-Zero and Wolf family of products along with a practice guide for use and care of each.
Aromas of fresh bread met arriving guests from baking taking place in the Wolf convection steam oven. The addition of a glass of wine and a seat at the table followed. Time to tour the Center accompanies a tactile experience of what Sub-Zero and Wolf have to offer.
I have to admit from the start that talking about sparkling wine cocktails are a bit heartbreaking. With such excellent sparklers from Cavas and Proseccos to American bubbles and even the Sparkling Shiraz (a great Thanksgiving wine by the way), why would anyone need to hack such delicious wine into a cocktail?
Maybe the budget for your holiday party doesn’t allow for vintage rose Champagne, but you want to serve your guests something distinctive and nothing says celebration like bubbles in your glass. With this in mind, here are some easy additions to your bottle of bubbles that may become the star of your party and will have you buying sparkling wine year round.Continue reading →
At the Sub-Zero | Wolf Culinary Events Center and Showroom, we are dedicated to helping people find the best appliances for their latest kitchen project. Often the appliance that piques the most interest and curiosity, but also remains the least understood, is the Wolf Induction Cooktop. Although it looks similar to modern electric cooktop, induction cooktops are much more energy efficient and give you greater and faster temperature control than gas.
Recently the Sub-Zero | Wolf Culinary Events Center hosted local celebrity chef and TV personality Joanne Weir, for aholiday party and to mark the release of her new memoir/cookbook, “Kitchen Gypsy: Recipes and Stories from a Lifelong Romance with Food.” Recipes from the book were served to much applause, but the one that got the most interest and attention happened not only because of a great recipe but because of the Wolf Gourmet blender from which it was served.
No, it was not just the silky puree that is the standard from the blender, but the Soup Mode that not only creates the smoothest purees but also heats the finished soup and maintains the perfect temperature. The Wolf Gourmet Blender saves space and time by finishing and heating the dish in the blender saving space in your kitchen for other items dishes.
This “surprise” feature is not the only use for this incredible multi-tasker. Here are four other uses that will make you a star in the kitchen.
On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 6:30pm, Riggs Distributing, Inc., will hold “Joanne Weir’s ‘Kitchen Gypsy’ Holiday Book Release Party” at the Sub-Zero | Wolf Culinary Events Center in Burlingame, CA. Joanne and the Riggs Culinary Team will share recipes and delicious bites from Joanne’s new cookbook “Kitchen Gypsy.” Then, the “Foodie Chap” Liam Mayclem, will join Joanne for a special discussion about cooking, her life, and “Kitchen Gypsy.” Tickets include a signed copy of “Kitchen Gypsy” and proceeds from the event benefit La Casa de las Madres support center.
‘Tis the season for giving thanks: for our health, families, jobs, and multitudes of things that give our lives joy and meaning. For victims of domestic violence, however, the holiday season can be an especially trying and difficult time of year. That is why at Riggs Distributing, Inc.we are supporting La Casa de las Madres support shelter with a special holiday event on December 15th, 2015 from 6:30-9:00pm.
From their website: “In 1976 La Casa de las Madres became California’s first and the nation’s second shelter dedicated to women and children escaping domestic violence. Today, that once-quiet shelter sustains a 24-hour lifeline for San Francisco Bay Area survivors, and La Casa offers a continuum of solutions evolved to meet the diverse and context-specific needs of women, their children, teens, and older adults surviving domestic violence.”
With their goal of responding to calls from help from domestic violence, La Casa works continuously to provide and expand their services to those in need.
Here at the Sub-Zero | Wolf Culinary Events Center, we are always creating recipes that satisfy any palate while also not straining one’s time, especially when the family has gathered for the holidays.
With that in mind here are two simple recipes for your Thanksgiving table that are satisfying and familiar, but are also versatile accompaniments to any autumnal/winter meal. Try them both with any protein (turkey of course!), New York Strip steaks, pork loin, lamb, etc. and you will have a delicious meal to share with your loved ones.
If you have a kitchen remodel project underway or find yourself in desperate need to replace your suddenly defunct dishwasher, what spells value when shopping for a new dishwasher in today’s market?
Before you narrow your list of potential new appliances, you need to know what features you can expect to find in most, and what are the features that distinguish the best brands from the rest. Continue reading →
Here at the Sub-Zero and Wolf Culinary Events Center at Riggs Distributing, we are constantly thinking about food and wine, and creating new menus bringing them together. Our talented Marketing Manager, Bryan Nies, has a passion for wine, and quickly became our resident wine expert. With a personal collection of over 200 bottles and a list of favorite boutique wineries that broadens our awareness of local great wine–Bryan is an endless resource for fresh ideas on wine selection this holiday season. Here are some of his unexpected wines for Thanksgiving dinner that may become a new favorite any time of year.
The traditional Thanksgiving dinner is full of big flavored dishes with contrasting flavors; green bean casseroles with sauce, stuffings, brussel sprouts, rich gravy, and sweet, tart cranberry sauce all compete on the palate in one delicious, family-focused meal. Finding the right wine to bring all of these elements together can be an almost impossible task. For example, choosing the American varietal Zinfandel, with its heavy berry flavors, seems like a like an obvious choice to match the cranberry sauce, but the usually higher alcohol content can make sipping this wine seem more like a strong cocktail, post bites of turkey, than a smooth compliment to the dinner.
Despite the mild Bay Area weather, autumn is here conjuring thoughts of the fast-approaching holidays and delicious pumpkin recipes. At the Riggs Distributing, Inc. Sub-Zero | Wolf Culinary Events Center, we have perfected pumpkin muffins with 3 tricks that will get raves every time you make them.