Thursday night, I headed downtown to meet the Nosh League at It's Amore. Signs on the window said "Coming Soon" but we were getting a preview. I signed in the foodies at the door with entries into our raffle and the It's Amore staff, Linda Gair and Art Brittan, welcomed guests with glasses of prosecco.
Once everyone had taken their seats Ken Swarner, Weekly Volcano publisher, gave a warm welcome speech before handing the floor over to Linda to discuss the food and wine pairings of the evening.
A unique winery, SOZO Friends, was showcased for the evening. Each SOZO product provides between 1 and 25 meals to those in need through various local charities. After It's Amore purchased its first order from SOZO, they were presented with a $75 check made out in their name to Fish Foodbanks of Pierce County. "A lot of companies say they are helping, but it was good to see the proof" said Linda.
Our first course of caprese salad was procured from the kitchen paired with the Cheris Pinot Gris as Linda showed us the seals on the bottles stamped with the number of meals each bottle provided.
The perfect slices of buffalo mozzarella and ripe tomatoes were served with a balsamic reduction approved by my tablemate, a typical foodie with expert tastes from her years living in Italy.