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It’s Friday. We have four bites of food and drink news to catch you up on the week’s events. Here comes your recap.


Phoenix City Grille’s Bourbon Bacon Brunch Is This Weekend

Mother’s Day may be behind us, but in case you haven’t had enough of brunch, Phoenix City Grille (5816 North 16th Street) is hosting a Bourbon Bacon Brunch this weekend. The four-course meal starts with a welcome cocktail — a Bourbon Espresso Martini — followed by house

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The inaugural St. Augustine Food and Wine Festival will showcase culinary arts, beverages and culture in the Nation’s Oldest City this weekend.

The event will host celebrity chefs, such as Maneet Chauhan, as well as winemakers, local chefs, artisans and have plenty of local craft spirits/beers.

The festival kicks off Thursday night with the World Gold Hall of Fame Winemaker’s Dinner.

“The most important part about food is not forgetting where you’ve come from and celebrating where you have arrived at,” Chauhan said. “And I think that is what the cuisine of St. Augustine is —

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ASHEVILLE – While brewery tours abound, there hasn’t been much in the way of wine tours in Asheville. Now, two local women have decided to change that.

New wine tours for WNC

Kelly Denson of All American Food Fights and Kasey Hotchkiss of Asheville Detours have launched Blue Ridge Wine Tours, which explores the growing world of Western North Carolina wine. 

Tour groups will meet local winemakers, explore vineyards with mountain views and, of course, drink locally made wines.

Hendersonville’s main tourism department says its wine region, known as the Crest of the Blue Ridge, was named an American

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Tango in Buenos Aires, private al fresco wine dinners in Mendoza, the breathtaking scenery of Patagonia, and sampling Argentine flavors with a native chef all along the way — this is the experience on offer this fall from Ricardo Fernandez Battini, an Argentina-born chef and Western North Carolina local. Battini announced his 2021 Argentina Culinary Wine Tour dates: Nov. 5-17.

The 12-day luxury excursion, led by Battini and his wife, Suzanne, includes four days to experience the old-world elegance of Buenos Aires, three days in the high plateaus of the Mendoza wine country, and three days in the breathtaking Lake

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American trade officials this month suspended tariffs on certain European foods and wines that raised or threatened to push up restaurant prices and cut jobs and profits.

The announcement brought a sigh of relief to some Arizona business owners.

“It’s definitely good news,” said Phoenix restaurateur Chris Bianco, who was among a group of restaurant owners who earlier signed a letter urging relaxation of the tariffs.

The industry already was facing tight profit margins and rising costs for a host of other expenses ranging from rent to insurance to labor, Bianco said. Restaurants often don’t have the luxury of passing

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Local restaurants and bars have joined a nationwide movement calling on the Biden administration to end the 25% tariffs on European food, wine and spirits.

The tariffs were put in place in 2019, after the European Union gave subsidies to the European-based company Airbus, subsidies the World Trade Organization later declared were in violation of global trade rules. In response, the United States put a 25% tariff on all European wines, in addition to spirits, cheeses, oils and other food items.

But according to the Coalition to Stop Restaurant Tariffs, an advocacy group consisting of thousands of restaurants

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