Wine and Walnuts

A blog about eating, drinking, cooking and reading in the not so Deep South

Wilmington Wine Tastings, Part Two

Kimberly Houston | October 6, 2010

[picappgallerysingle id="308010"]I’ve always meant to write waaaay more on this blog about local Wilmington wine tastings than I do, and I intend to fix that.
So in honor of that commitment, here’s a little tip from me to you.  The Wine Sampler in Wilmington (4107-I Oleander Drive) is having a sale this week (October 7-13) on [...]

Press 102: Get Your Panini and Wine On

Kimberly Houston | September 28, 2010

Panini and Pommes Frites at Press 102

If you’re ever strolling in lovely downtown Wilmington some afternoon, and want to grab an inexpensive but delicious lunch, check out Press 102 inside the Hotel Tarrymore. You don’t have to actually enter the hotel; Press 102 is right off of Second Street, just past the corner of Second [...]

Dinner at Caffe Phoenix, and a Great New Meetup Group in Wilmington

Kimberly Houston | September 16, 2010

Last night I had dinner with the Meetup Group Wilmington Dining Adventurists at Caffe Phoenix, and it was grand.  There were around 40 of us, and we were accommodated graciously and efficiently.
I’m pretty excited about this group, because I can tell it’s going to be active, and offer lots of interesting and fun foodie adventures. [...]

Behind the Scenes at a Wine Dinner

Kimberly Houston | September 6, 2010

I recently worked a wine dinner at Temptations and wanted to share the behind the scenes fun.
I’ve said it before:  if you love food and wine and want to learn more about the whole subculture of people and pleasures that field encompasses, and you want the opportunity  to try lots of great food and wine [...]

Catch on Market Street

Kimberly Houston | September 2, 2010

Oh hallelujah and finally, yes, I ate at Catch on Market Street, a pilgrimage I’ve been wanting to make for a loooong time. Oh boy, was it ever good.
If you live in Wilmington and eat out regularly, you’ve either been here already, heard about how awesome it is, and/or plan to go soon.
I went with [...]

Get in on the Fun: “Forgotten Grapes” Wine Dinner at Temptations Everyday Gourmet, Friday August 20

Kimberly Houston | August 13, 2010

This is going to be B-I-G F-U-N.  Temptations Everyday Gourmet, 3501 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, will present a five-course “forgotten grapes” wine dinner on Friday August 20th at 6:30 p.m.
Chris Kern, wine expert, culinary entrepreneur, and founder of, will partner with one of Wilmington’s Top Chefs (as voted on by readers of the Star-News), Temptations [...]

Want to Visit Foodie Heaven? Check Out Taste the Olive in The Forum

Kimberly Houston | August 3, 2010

Kymberlei DiNapoli of Taste the Olive

If you love to cook, and you really prize using the finest ingredients – the very best and freshest olive oils and vinegars, for example – then you are going to want to visit Taste the Olive, pronto.
I went last week, and from one foodie to another I must tell [...]

Excellent Service to Celebrate: Give It Up for Leanne at Le Catalan

Kimberly Houston | July 12, 2010

Le Catalan, Wilmington, NC

Because I am and have been a server off and on for a few years, when I get great service, it leaves an impression. (For example, I wrote about the great service my friends and I enjoyed at Circa 1922 back in January of this year from Bill. Bill was awesome.)
Recently some [...]

Seriously Good Eats: The Eat Spot, Downtown Wilmington

Kimberly Houston | June 25, 2010

Fried Mac & Cheese, seriously delicious (pic by Carolyn Morgan)

I cannot be-lieve my luck! I happened upon the best fried thing I ever ate last Saturday, at this adorable little restaurant downtown called The Eat Spot. And as an added bonus, I had a pretty damn good salad there too. But really, who cares about [...]

Wilmington NC Top Ten Chef Competion 2010

Kimberly Houston | May 10, 2010

A quick shout-out to my buddy and co-worker, Michael, who landed (again) among Wilmington’s Top Ten Chefs this year, this year making it into the Top Three . . . .Way to go, Michael!
He’s not only very, very good at what he does, he’s hands down the nicest chef I’ve ever worked with.  No drama, no bad behavior, no weirdness, no treating [...]