Kansas City Carnival

by Nannette Eaton on August 25, 2012


“These images in vivid and violent tones have resulted from crystallization of memories of the circus, popular tales or travel.” — Henri Matisse

The Wines of France Kansas City Carnival was held in the historic City Market with the Kansas City skyline as the back drop. Chef Alex Pope of Vagabond created a modern upscale twist on the carnival and state fair standards to pair with the Wines of France. The Wine Harlots favorite was irreverent take of a Wisconsin favorite, cheese curds. Chef Pope reimagined the classic as Tempura Mozzarella Curd Caprese with Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes with Basil Coulis which paired well with a sparking wine, the Lucien Albrecht Crémant D’Alsace, a delicious wine at an approximate retail of $12-14 USD from the Alsace region in France. Also a hit was artisanal version of a corn dog which paired well with Domaine de la Renjarde Côtes du Rhône-Villages Vin de Pay Portesde Mediterranee, about $15 USD from the Rhône. Watermelon slushie with Carmel Wine reduction and served in a poblano pepper? In the 100 degree heat, I’ll take two please! The only dish that  struck-out was a play-on-words dish, Popcorn Shrimp. Shrimp and popcorn tossed with truffle butter that missed the mark, clever wordplay notwithstanding.  In addition to wine and cusine, there were a few arcade games that tested the player’s mettle, and the performers from the Vibe Tribe kept the guests entertained with flights of fancy and carnival whimsy.

Nannette Eaton of Wine Harlots is employed as the Official Blogger/Social Media Correspondent on the Wines of France Across America 2012 promotional tour.

photo credits:
food by EatonAlive ©2012
people by Lush Life ©2012
Vibe Tribe in-focus pics by Lush Life ©2012, grainy, blurry shots EatonAlive ©2012.

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Kim August 25, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Nannette – what dates were you in KC w/ WOF? Just curious…it’s my ome town!

Nannette Eaton August 26, 2012 at 9:43 am

Hey Kim!

We were in Kansas City July 13-16, the whole Wines of France Across America ran from July 10-25.
A whirlwind trip that was a total blast!
And I loved Kansas City — lots and lots to drink!



Emma Geraln August 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm

OK, now i’m hungry!

Nannette Eaton August 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Hi Emma!

Thanks for the comment.
It was tons of fun, and the food and wine match-up were awesome.


Nannette Eaton

juliano August 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Now thats my idea of a good time!

Nannette Eaton August 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm


Wine and playing with fire?
It worked for us!

All the best,

Nannette Eaton

Whorrified September 18, 2012 at 10:15 am

Posts like this are why i LOVE wine harlots! Food porn, fire, whimsey, booze…you’ve got it all! xoxo

Nannette Eaton October 22, 2012 at 6:44 am

We try to do our best!

barry November 6, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Looks like it was a fun time

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