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Shaken Not Stirred 

Where: LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst
When: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
Cost: $75 for games and food only, $100 if participating in the Winetini Blending Challenge. Limited tickets available. Purchase online. 
Visit: frontdooragency.org/events/winetini




Stir it up
Bond-themed event features winetini contest, gourmet food

09/15/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Put on your best James Bond or Bond Girl look and spend an evening creating winetinis and enjoying gourmet food during “Shaken Not Stirred” on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at LaBelle Winery in Amherst. 

The winery will be transformed into a casino with blackjack, roulette and craps tables throughout the rooms. At 5:30 p.m., the games will open and appetizers including artisan cheeses, crudités vegetable platters and Mediterranean tapas will be served. 
Starting at 6:15 p.m., teams of 10 will put their mixology skills to the test in the Winetini Blending Challenge. Participants will be given LaBelle fruit wines like cranberry, apple and blueberry, spirits like gin and vodka and various garnishes with which they can create original cocktails. 
“It gives the people who don’t want to partake in the gaming a chance to do something fun while stirring, shaking, sipping and tasting as a team to build their own unique drinks,” said Jean Perry, director of development and special events for the Front Door Agency, which puts on the annual fundraiser.
The teams will have several tries to perfect their winetinis before giving them a name and designing a label. When they’re done, they’ll present their creations to the judges — LaBelle Winery owners Amy LaBelle and Cesar Arboleda and the director of the Front Door Agency — who will score the drinks based on taste and creativity. The top three teams will each receive a prize. 
“There are a lot of different aspects that the teams will have to get creative with, so that will be a fun activity,” Perry said. 
Following the Winetini Blending Challenge from 6:45 to 8 p.m., there will be several carving and gourmet food stations with dishes including maple-glazed carved pork loin with apple relish, peppercorn-crusted beef sirloin, salads and pastas with a selection of seasonal sauces. Gluten-free options will also be available. 
“When they’re ready to eat, people can just walk up to the food stations throughout the venue and try all the different meals prepared by LaBelle chefs,” Perry said. 
The games will close at 8 p.m., and the evening will wrap up with gourmet coffee and dessert from 8 to 8:30 p.m. The winning teams for the Winetini Blending Challenge will also be announced. 
Proceeds from the Shaken Not Stirred event will help families in the greater Nashua area that are facing homelessness. 
“It’s a good event to get together and have fun with friends or coworkers, or to celebrate a birthday or another special occasion, and you’re supporting a good cause,” Perry said. 





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