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Thursday, November 6
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
We had a great event at Annapolis' only winery, the award-winning Great Frogs, just minutes from downtown Annapolis. It was a rainy, yet festive, evening of wine tasting and delicious appetizers, in a lovely setting among the vines. La Prima Catering provided a delicious seasonal menu of sustainable appetizers that beautifully accompanied Great Frogs' wines, which were available for sale in a tastings format, and by the glass and by the bottle.
We enjoyed this in the beautiful, rustic barn and under a tent with a little music and great company. A big thank you to 1 North Wealth Services, a Different Kind of Investment Advisor, for sponsoring our event!
Our theme was Run ResponsiblyTM to celebrate our participation in the Across the Bay 10K race on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Sunday, Nov. 9. In addition to Annapolis Green's help with recycling and composting, Race organizers are making this a "cup-free" race to eliminate the usual paper cup litter associated with water stops. Instead, they are asking runners to bring their own bottles or containers.
Annapolis Green helped by offering another alternative, the HydraPouch,® thanks to sponsorship from the Maryland State Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Maryland Sports, and the Chesapeake Conservancy. We offered these almost weightless, flexible, clip-on drinking pouches for sale at the Pre-Race Expo on Nov. 7 & 8 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. And... we previewed them -- and even sold a few -- at Green Drinks. If you're a runner, you might want to buy one or two for yourself! | Read more about our Run ResponsiblyTM campaign and the HydraPouch.®
It was a privilege to be invited to our local winery, yet with that came additional catering challenges to create a first-class event. We asked for a nominal charge for this edition of Green Drinks: $10. There was a cash bar, but your $10 got Green Drinkers admission to an informative event in a very special location and a Great Frogs commemorative wine glass!
About Great Frogs
Our hosts were winemakers Andrea and Nate O'Shea (and dog Finn McCool). The vines were planted in 1999 at Harness Creek Vineyards, located very close to the South River and the wines have won awards in competitions across the country. This quote from the Great Frogs website describes Andrea and Nate's winemaking philosophy:
Our old tobacco barn is the cornerstone of our rustic, artisanal approach to farming and winemaking. Situated on a peninsula in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, you will still find shucked oyster shells in the soil reminding us of the watermen that are central to Annapolis' history. We are determined to preserve this green space so that it will continue to be a farm, as it has been since 1691. We invite you to taste the rich history of Maryland's capital as you drink our wines.
The O'Shea's have named and labeled their wines to reflect the Chesapeake. Names include the Waterman, All Hands on Deck, City Dock, and more. Green Drinkers enjoyed several types of Great Frogs wines -- from Chardonnay to Port and declicious blends. And you can buy bottles to take home with your official Great Frogs wine glass. Be sure to visit Great Frogs’ website for online ordering. Great Frogs wines also are available at many local liquor stores and restaurants.
About La Prima
Everyone raved about the food provided by La Prima Catering. La Prima has a four-star rating from the Green Restaurant Association and takes great pride in its environmental standing. La Prima Catering emphasizes quality and healthy food using fresh, natural ingredients in all its recipes.
View La Prima’s Sustainability Initiatives.
This was the delicious menu we enjoyed.
Broccoli and Cheddar Soup
Creamy rich cheddar cheese combined with our farm raised broccoli, served in demi cups
Fall Kale Salad
Shredded kale and carrots with dried cherries, sugared walnuts and feta, served with a honey mustard and white balsamic vinegar dressing
Sweet Potato Wedges
Roasted till crisp and spicy sprinkled with our Cajun spice blend
Beet Root Deviled Eggs
Fresh farm eggs marinated in magenta beet root, with cooked yolks blended with our own space blend
Focaccia Cocktail Sandwiches
Petite sandwiches on freshly baked focaccia bread: eggplant, smoked mozzarella, house roasted tomatoes and pesto
La Prima served fresh ingredients -- many from Groundworks Farm on the Eastern Shore. The farm has a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program for the winter season. The pickup site in Annapolis is at Vin 909 in Eastport. Learn more.
Everyone is welcome at Green Drinks. There is no charge and no RSVP is needed.
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Green Drinks is a happy hour that gives the environmentally minded a chance to get to know one another in a fun informal way facilitating working together for a common cause: The Health of the Chesapeake Bay and to make Annapolis visibly the Greenest City in the State. It's free and no reservations are required. Cash bar. There are always soft drinks available. You don't have to drink alcohol to enjoy Green Drinks! Our gatherings, in a different location each month, feature venues that operate sustainably, and sustainable food and drink. We routinely draw from 150 to 200 environmentally conscious attendees.
There are over 800 Green Drinks organizations around the world. The Annapolis group is the one of the largest in the United States, following New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and Portland. More about Green Drinks International.