WHEELING, W.Va. (January 10, 2012)- -Oglebay Institute's Stifel Fine Arts Center is pleased to offer Tapas Tastings: The Art of Elegant Small Plate Dining - a new culinary series beginning 6:30 p.m. Saturday, January 21.
Mingle with friends while tasting a variety of traditional and non-traditional tapas prepared by Chef Sarah Lydick of Sandscrest Conference and Retreat Center who will present and discuss each dish. Guests can sample a variety of recipes served with complimentary wine samples.
"Tapas are small plates of food including appetizers, snacks or finger food. They originated in Spain but these small-plate entrees are served in towns around the world and are a very popular culinary trend right now," said Oglebay Institute director of performing arts Kate Crosbie.
Crosbie said tapas tastings are great way to try several new dishes in the same meal. "A single entre can be boring. Many people don't want to eat only one dish. Tapas dining allows you to try a little bit of this and a little bit of that without overeating."
Lydick's menu for the evening will feature a variety of Spanish-inspired tapas. She has been the chef at Sandscrest since 2005. Prior to that, she studied fine cuisine in Paris, followed by an internship at The French Laundry in California and serving as a private chef for a Pittsburgh family.
Cost for the January 21 event is $28 ($23 OI members). Pre-register by calling 304-242-7700. The Tapas Tasting Series continues monthly through April, featuring new chefs and recipes at each event. A complete list of dates and chefs is as follows:
Chef Sarah Lydick, Sandscrest Conference and Retreat Center
Chef Gene Evans, West Virginia Northern Community College
Chef Charlie Schlegel, Ye Olde Alpha
Chef Craig Aubrey, Stratford Springs Steak & Seafood Restaurant
This program is made possible through the generous support of the members of the Institute as well as with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.