Bear with me dear readers. Today’s post has approximately one point five million photos, but I just had so many great ones it was hard to narrow them down! Don’t forget to check out the guilt-free artichoke white bean dip recipe that this amazing event inspired at the end of the post!
Make-A-Wish Foundation event
Last weekend, Pat and I were lucky enough to attend Wishes in Wine Country, an event to benefit the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation hosted by Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards. It was a fabulous afternoon of sampling amazing dishes from Bay Area restaurants and sipping delicious wine. We seriously ate ourselves silly.
Scroll through for more photos and the recipe for Artichoke White Bean Dip!
This Wishes in Wine Country was the most successful one yet. With the help of over 40 area wineries and restaurants, the event raised over $700,000 to support the “wishes” that Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish helps grant, like Disneyland trips and the amazing Batkid event.
In an extra stroke of luck, my new bloggie friend Sarah and her husband, Lucas, won tickets in my giveaway and were able to join us for the event. It was so much fun to be at the event with another blogger, as we were able to take a million photos and she didn’t raise an eyebrow when I asked her to take a photo that featured my bracelets and cotton candy (see below). #JustBeingAwesome
We also took advantage of the unlimited macaron pops. Holy moly. Seconds, thirds, fourths? Check.
All photos from the Wine Country Wishes event from here down are from the talented and lovely Sarah Menanix. You can see more of her work (and recipes!) here.
Homemade cotton candy and arm candy? Yum.
We also played a little bit of croquet on the lawn. Even as I write that I’m rolling my eyes a little bit! So bourgeois. It was actually really fun though, and we even got a mini lesson where I learned that you don’t stand sideways and swing at it like a golf club. Who knew? Incidentally, I also learned that I am much happier sitting in the shade drinking wine and watching other people play croquet.
This recipe for artichoke white bean dip was dreamed up while Sarah and I were at Wishes in Wine Country. It is healthier than your typical artichoke and party dip recipes because it has Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream. I promise you won’t miss the fat one bit. I can’t promise you won’t eat the entire batch in one afternoon. We sure did. You can see Sarah’s recipe post here.
Guilt Free Artichoke White Bean Dip Recipe
- Yield: 6-8 1x
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Stove
- Cuisine: american
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1 small shallot, chopped
- 1 tsp minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
- 1 15 oz. can cannellini beans
- 2 T. low-fat greek yogurt
- 1 T. lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons packed fresh oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- 1–2 T. water
- 1 12 oz jar marinated artichokes
- 3 T. grated parmesan
- 1.5 tablespoons olive oil (or oil from artichokes)
- Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the shallot and garlic until soft and browned.
- Put the beans, yogurt, lemon juice, oregano, cayenne, salt and pepper in a food processor and process until smooth. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water and process until desired consistency.
- With the food processor running, drizzle in olive oil.
- Drain the artichokes and add to the food processor bowl. Pulse until desired consistency. I left them as medium-sized chunks.
- Transfer to an oven safe bowl and bake at 375F for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with grated parmesan and broil for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
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