The Winemaker’s Dinner Links

We’ve been busy these past couple of days and therefore the site has been updated with a lot of features relating to Everly Drummond & Dr. Ivan Rusilko’s The Winemaker’s Dinner. To make it easier to for you, I’ve decided to keep all links in one place for easy reference.

Author Interview: Everly Drummond & Dr. Ivan Rusilko
Playlist: TWD
About Wine: Wine: A gift from the Gods
Recipe: Arugula Salad
Recipe: Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Recipe: Waldorf Salad
Recipe: Shrimp Stir Fry
Behind the Scenes:: Location Images
Review: TWD-Appetizers

Interview with Everly Drummond and Dr. Ivan Rusilko, co-authors of The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers

Everly’s responses are in bold purple, while Dr. Rusilko’s are bold black.

~ Thank you so much for participating in this interview.  The Lovers are getting into the swing of interviewing with a bang seeing as how we are with two authors instead of just one.  So, let’s all get some stretches in, hop on the big comfy bed, and chat.   Why don’t we start off slow.  Would you like a drink?

With a name like Winemakers… come on!  If comes in a black velvet bag with a velvet glove on it and says Mollydoooker – my favorite wine on earth – then hell yeah!

~ Tell us a little bit about yourselves.

Well the book somewhat did… but all and all I love to laugh, play and love. The order sometimes gets muddled though.

~ What’s your favorite genre of book to read?

I apparently traded in medical text books for anatomy books of a different kind. But any genre that has a solid story line with a few twists works for me.
I have a soft spot for YA

~ Do you have any favorite books/authors?

C.S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters and The Four Loves.
 Several, but most notably Jane Austen and Christopher Moore.

~ What book are you currently reading?

The Four Loves for the second time. It’s mentally stimulating and I love that.

~ You’re doing well so far. Turn ‘round and we’ll rub your backs while we chat. Hope you don’t mind. We’re a little handsy.  How did you two get together to write the story?  Was it difficult to write with two writers?

After contacting Ivan on Facebook, it took a while to get into it, but once we started, it was surprisingly easy for us to write together. We corresponded all through email, but we somehow managed to find a groove that worked for both of us.
It has its ups and downs and agreements and arguments but the process has been fantastic thus far and I don’t see it straying from its current path.

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Wine: A gift from the Gods

14111353_mBenjamin Franklin once wrote “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” Wine has played an important role in our secular lives. In our secular lives wine is what we have celebrated special occasions with birth, marriage, happy and even sad time; we toast to each other with wine, offering those toast as prayers into the universe. Historically wine was a safer choice to drink than most water supplies.

Wine is used as the backdrop of the book The Winemakers Dinner, the characters of Jaden and Ivan first see each other at the Miami social event portrayed in the book. What is a Winemakers Dinner, usually they are a social event were vintners and winemakers showcase their most prized wine. In the book the wine that is showcased predominately is the Velvet Gloved Shiraz by the Australian winery Mollydooker Mollydooker Winery has a personal relationship with Dr. Ivan Rusilko the co author of the book. Dr. Rusilko not only enjoys the Velvet Glove Shiraz, but also has revealed another love of the Miss Molly produced by the winery. Continue reading

Recipe: Arugula Salad

9403164-salad-with-arugula-and-cherry-tomatoes-with-a-glass-of-wine-in-the-backgroundPlease note this is not the same recipe featured in The Winemaker’s Dinner by Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond. Due to copyright we were not allowed to publish the exact same replica.

• 1 bag Arugula
• 1 pint cherry tomatoes
• ½ c feta cheese
• Balsamic Vinaigrette (recipe below)
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Recipe: Waldorf Salad

10613419_mLocated below is a recipe for Waldorf Salad. Please note this is not the same recipe featured in The Winemaker’s Dinner by Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond. Due to copyright we were not allowed to publish the exact same replica. Recipe by Elizabeth.

• 10oz medium diced apples (green and red variety)
• 3 oz small diced celery, blanched
• ¼ c mayonnaise
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 10 lettuce leaves, cleaned and dried (iceberg, green leaf, boston, or bibb variety)
• ¼ c coarse chopped walnuts, lightly toasted
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Recipe: Shrimp Stir Fry

13402854_mLocated below is a recipe for Shrimp Stir Fry. Please note this is not the same recipe featured in The Winemaker’s Dinner by Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond. Due to copyright we were not allowed to publish the exact same replica. Recipe adapted by Elizabeth from

• 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
• 1 clove garlic, crushed
• 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
• 8 canned whole baby corns, cut in half
• ½ c unsalted cashews
• 2 c raw broccoli flowerets
• 8-10 baby Brussels sprouts, quartered
• 2 scallions finely sliced
• 10 oz. medium sized shrimp, raw
• Stir Fry Sauce (recipe below)
1. Place 1 tbsp. oil in stir fry pan over medium high heat, add shrimp and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from pan, set aside.
2. Place another tbsp. of oil in pan and sauté garlic and onions for 2 minutes
3. Add corn, broccoli, sprouts and cashews and sauté for another 6 minutes
4. Add cooked shrimp back to pan and toss with Stir Fry sauce and sauté for 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated through.
5. Serve immediately and garnish with sliced scallions.
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