January 31, 2014
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New Orleans celebrity chef Kelder Summers demonstrates recipes at Winn-Dixie store No. 1426 on Jan. 23. Photo credit: Geovanni Velasquez.​

Remodeled Winn-Dixie store No. 1426 in Algiers, La. welcomed customers and community partners to a wine and cheese tasting event hosted by local personality Kelder Summers Jan. 23.

The event showcased various Winn-Dixie store department offerings, including the produce, dairy, seafood and bakery departments. Samples of food and cheeses were paired with complimentary wines, highlighting the flavor of the selections. During the event, the Algiers community also checked out the store’s refreshed features. Summers, the event host, prepared two dishes in cooking demonstrations for customers to enjoy.

“The Wine and Cheese Tasting was a successful event that allowed us to cater to our customers’ taste for specialty items,” said Mark Fleming, store no. 1426 store director. “Guests really enjoyed the opportunity to learn cooking tips from Kelder, a popular voice in the community. We look forward to continuing to serve the people of Algiers and will continue to be a neighbor that cares about their interests.”

Customers tasted samples of four types of cheeses with complimentary wine pairings at each station. Customers camped out in the Produce department for the two dishes Summers demonstrated - her “Call me a Cab” spinach salad, which included a fresh dressing made with the featured cabernet and Louisiana Shrimp scampi, prepared with a light chardonnay. For dessert, event attendees enjoyed Winn-Dixie’s signature jumbo almond cupcake and Mardi Gras favorite, cream cheese king cake.

An acoustic guitarist played a musical selection to create a sophisticated atmosphere for the crowd of customers as they enjoyed samplings and cooking demonstrations.

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