Holiday wine tasting Food Briefs

November 25, 2013 

What: Complimentary sampling of 16 red and white wines

When: 1-5 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Cheesekeeper, 6600 W. Main St., Belleville

Features: Brian Batridge of Hess Winery, Napa Valley, Calif., will be pouring. All wines featured are 15 percent off Wednesday only and will compliment any holiday gathering.

Cheesecake at your door

Gourmet gifting curator Harry & David is now the exclusive online seller of The Cheesecake Factory's legendary cheesecakes. Consumers can view and order from a selection at www.HarryandDavid.com/TheCheesecakeFactory.

Cheesecakes are packed in dry ice and scheduled for delivery with two-day shipping. Most of the desserts are priced at $44.95, with some higher. Shipping is not included in the cost.

HELP FOR THE HOLIDAY GROANING BOARD

Holiday spreads inevitably boast dishes varying in size and temperature. A simple solution to preserving table and buffet surfaces might be this trivet made from a silicone-nylon composite by Joseph Joseph. Dubbed Stretch, this expandable trivet (in green, black or pink) can hold more than a single pot or pan, since it stretches to roughly 20 inches. Closed, it's a mere 7 1/2 by 2 inches. Suggested retail price: $16. To buy: josephjoseph.com.

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