It was a packed patio at the inaugural Tunes on the Terrace concert last Friday night! Luckily the fierce storm that was heading our way from St. Louis dissipated as it approached Bloomington. Maybe it was the tunes of the Beatles tribute band, The Rigby’s, as they sang Here Comes the Sun that kept Mother Nature in line. Whatever the reason, it was an entertaining evening. The wine was flowing, BBQ was sizzling and the crowd, both young and old, enjoyed the music of on a perfect Indiana summer night.
We have two more concerts lined up this summer. We hope you’ll join us! The first one was a sold out show, so gather your friends and family and buy your tickets!
Friday, July 22, 2011 – American Cheese
One of Indy’s favorite bands brings you slices from all the great decades and the songs you hate to love! Tickets: Upper Patio $25 ~ Lower Patio $20 ~ Lawn $15
Friday, August 19, 2011–Jenn Cristy A Bloomington favorite! Piano-driven melodies influenced by popular rock and roll acts of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Tickets: Upper Patio $30 ~ Lower Patio $25 ~ Lawn $20
When I was a kid, my family would host a wonderful culinary event called “Dump Dinner” in the summer on our back deck.
It was actually a tradition brought into the family by my Aunt Jan who married my Uncle Skip when I was in middle school. Aunt Jan brought all kinds of fun into the family; I can remember staying up late playing her crazy-fun dice game that enthralled both children and adults alike. I was thrilled to be able to stay up late and be a part of the adult conversations. (Not surprisingly, the adults enjoyed many a glass of Camelot Mead and Soft Red on those evenings, staples at our house since the late 1980’s.)
So, it was Aunt Jan who taught us all about “Dump Dinner.” It is an amazing meal, full of flavor and fun.
Delicious, delectable goodies like shrimp, sausage, new potatoes and corn were boiled together with a magical blend of seasonings into a huge pot and the resulting feast was dumped out onto a big (outdoor) dining table covered in newsprint and outfitted with sticks of butter, salt and pepper, hot sauce and LOTS of paper towels. It was unbelievable!
Did I mention that “Dump Dinner” did not require the use of utensils? This was a big score for my little brother and I. We would hunker down and devour as much as we could. Afterwards, bellies full, our faces and arms covered in a light coating of butter, we would all gather on the deck, enjoy a beverage (more wine for the adults, juice boxes for the kids) and listen to the sweet summer song of the cicadas.
It was a truly memorable experience that I often wish I could revisit.
Fast forward 20 years and I am working at Oliver Winery, helping to promote a very similar, albeit slightly more upscale, version of this glorious summer meal. (We will have bibs and maybe some silverware!)
Our first annual Seafood Boil Bash* is Friday July 8th. The food is going to amaze you! Our dear friends at One World Catering and Events will be providing the seafood boil. They have a cornucopia of delights prepared- shrimp, clams, mussels, crab, sausage, potatoes, corn, carrots and onions. And bread! And butter (real butter)! And hot sauce!
Each ticket includes this awesome meal, artfully dumped, I mean, displayed right in front of you on the table, two glasses of your favorite Oliver wine (I’m thinking Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonel for me) and the toe tapping tunes of local favorite Craig Brenner and the Crawdads. We will be giving VIP tours of our production facilities and conducting wine tastings too! Can’t you just see yourself sitting out our patio with friends…the wine…the twinkle lights…the food…the Crawdads singing in place of cicadas. What a fun night!
Tickets for this event are limited and expected to sell out prior to the event, so get yours today before it is too late. Come join us and create a memory!
Tickets are $100+tax per person. $80+tax per person for Wine Club Members (limit 4 tickets per wine club membership)
*Dump Dinner was quickly nixed as the title for the event-sorry Aunt Jan!
Founded in 1972, Oliver Winery is Indiana’s oldest and largest winery. We are located in Bloomington, Indiana. We make over 40 varieties of wine from classic viniferia like Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio to fruit wines like Blackberry. We also make a line of wines called the Creekbend Collection which are made exclusively from grapes grown in our Monroe County vineyard, Creekbend. We operate a Tasting Room that is open year round for tasting and weekend tours. Our wines are available for sale in our Tasting Room, distributed in eighteen states and through our online store: www.oliverwinery.com.