A sizable crowd attended the 4th Annual Wine & Food Pairing event on Saturday at the Civic. The event was a fundraiser for Faithful Friends Animal Advocates (FFAA).

A sizable crowd attended the 4th Annual Wine & Food Pairing event on Saturday at the Civic. The event was a fundraiser for Faithful Friends Animal Advocates (FFAA).
Participants learned about, sampled and enjoy five different wines and foods to complement each wine. Premium wine and food pairings were provided by Sam's Cellar. Non-alcoholic options were available. Guest wine sommelier Dan Morgan from A. Bommarito Wines and guest chefs Seth Richardson, Shawn Damm and Vincent Reif, provided the food.
Food consisted of a soup to salmon to a steak to a tiramisu cake, to name a few. The wines comprised of white, red and sparkling wines.
"It is real easy to pair food with wine, you start to know what taste good together," said Richardson.
Morgan added, "as (me being a) part of the Society of Wine Educators, you try to help the lay person understand how wine is made, what it is made with, and why they are drinking the wine with the foods that they are being paired with."
Wine and food paring are growing trends. Morgan said there are thousands of wines in the world.
"I first recommend that you should always drink what you like," said Morgan. "My second recommendation to someone who is just new to wine, is to taste lots of different things. keep your pallet (check) open, because you get people who are stuck on moscato. My suggestion is taste all kinds of things, and talk to a professional like at Macadoodles, or your waiter at your local restaurant, don't be afraid to explore. There are thousands of wines throughout the world and it is pretty diverse."
Morgan also suggested to drink in courses.
"Like with a salad, have a nice crisp white wine, with your steak, have a nice red wine and finish off if you are having some chocolaty maybe a port or something like that," he said. "Never be afraid to experiment with wine."
The money raised - according to  Kala Shuler, volunteer helping to organize the event in a previous interview with the Daily News - "the funds go to support the shelter and the animals that are temporarily sheltered there while awaiting adoption."