Altamont Vineyard & Winery’s HalloWine Festival

— Great time at this year’s HalloWine Festival. This was both Elise and my first time at HalloWine and also first time at Altamont Vineyards. It’s definitely worth the trip back.

It was great to meet the guys from the Albany Distilling Company and The Chocolate Mill Café, see local food celebs Yono and Dominick Purnomo, Elliot Cunniff, and everyone else participating in the competition.  It was a cold and rainy night and the folks from Altamont Vineyard did everything they could with the large tents and heaters. Luckily we stayed dry, had some good food, wine, and cigars. Check out the pics below.

Yono and Donna Purnomo from Yono’s.

A couple of dishes from Giovanni S. Morina, chef-owner of Gio Culinary Studio.

An assistant of Ryan Huneau’s, executive chef from the Mallozzi Group, plating one of Chef Ryan’s dishes.

Marla Ortega, chef-owner of Illium Cafe, plating one of her dishes.

One of the dishes from Chef Elliot Cuniff of Creo.

Master Pastry Chef Frank Vollhammer, chef-owner of The Chocolate Mill Café.

While the desserts were not in the competition, they were some of my favorites for the night.

And finally the winning dish from Chef Yono…

…followed up with him accepting his award. Congrats!


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