If you can’t already tell. I love all things food and wine. A lot.

So one of the biggest perks of making this little old blog my livelihood, instead of just a hobby, is that I get some invitations to events that revolve around two of my favorite things.

This week alone, I was fortunate enough to attend two local events which fit that bill.

On Sunday, I was in Palm Beach at Mar-a-Lago for the 3rd annual Women, Wine and Shoes event, to benefit the Big Dog Ranch Rescue. What made it even better was that I was able to be there to help one of my favorite companies I recently became familiar with, One Hope Wine. You might remember them from a previous post about a tasting in my home, and their to-die-for glitter bottles.

But let me tell you more about what went on at Mar-a-Lago! There were dogs there dressed better than some of Palm Beaches’ Finest.

Don’t believe me?

This happened and it was glorious.


The sold out event featured world-class wineries, luxurious boutiques, Extravagant Live Auction Items, A Doggy Fashion Show and Couture Fashion Show, plus Glamorous Swag Bags valued at over $500.

There was even some eye-candy walking around with gorgeous shoes by Marchesa, on a silver platter (well-played by the event organizers, Ticket2Events).


And I got to ogle the beautiful Tamara Mellon stunners sitting in the booth behind me, in between pouring delish One Hope wine for attendees.


(Seriously, I might give up an organ for these beauts)


And in the end, the event raised $850,000 for the Big Dog Ranch Rescue, whose mission is to  give the gift of life to as many dogs as humanly possible, and enrich the lives of those who adopt them!

How amazing is that???

Then, yesterday, I attended a media lunch at Thasos Greek Taverna in Fort Lauderdale. Chef Athinagoras Kostakos from Bill & Coo hotel in Mykynos prepared a special tasting menu and discussed modern Greek Cuisine. We also were able to sample Greek Mastiha (that’s liquor, people) from Ambrosia Group/ FOS.


The dishes were as delicious as they were beautiful to look at. And I even put my big girl panties on and tried lamb for the first time ever. You may be rolling your eyes but just know that is a BIG deal for me.


So let me just make sure you understand. Yesterday…for my job…I got to go to an awesome local restaurant and eat a delicious meal prepared by a chef visiting from Mykonos.

My god did I make the right decision leaving a miserable job!

Stay tuned for more Whine & Cheez(its) event posts and if you ever want to feed me delicious food and wine, you know where to find me ;)