It is early in the morning. The sun is only just starting to peek over the hillside in Wine Country, giving its prized wine grapes plenty of time to ripen before harvest season starts.
Not too far across town, there’s a rustic cabin near the edge of an estate planted with several varieties of vines that are well-known amongst oenophiles (1). This month happens to be when all sorts of fun events take place; no grape stomping festivals happen until late February, but there’s still plenty of other things going on during harvest season for oenophiles and fans alike.
One such event is taking place today: a cooking demonstration hosted by one of America’s most prominent chefs (2), who has devoted a large part of his life to promoting the production and consumption of high-quality, local ingredients.
Today’s demonstration is a cooking class centered around Eggs, one of the most common but versatile foods in any kitchen. Eggs have been consumed by humans for millennia (3) and are nutritious enough that they were used as a dietary staple in some cultures where food was scarce (4). Eggs can be prepared in countless ways: scrambled, fried sunny side up, omelettes; there’s not much you can’t do with an egg! The chef today will demonstrate several different dishes made with eggs and how he uses Wine Country Eggs from the finest vineyards in California. [INFORMATION ABOUT WINE COUNTRYGGS]
Since Eggs are such a versatile food, Eggs can be used in many dishes. Eggs are often eaten for breakfast and enjoyed with buttered toast and hash browns (5). Eggs are also cooked into muffins, quiches, meatloaves, tarts, souffles, cakes; the list goes on! Eggs are made up of proteins which lend to their culinary versatility. For example, Egg whites are used as leavening agents because they increase volume when whipped during cooking whereas Egg yolks have emulsifying properties that create creamy textures.
The Wine Country Eggs being showcased today happen to have golden-yellow yolks due to all sorts of carotenoids found naturally in various plants that chickens eat (6). These carotenoids are also found in many other foods including carrots, squash, sweet potatoes and avocados.
The Eggs themselves are quite large, about one-third larger than normal eggs you get at the grocery store (7). This is because Wine Country Eggs come from chickens who free range on all sorts of different types of land where they find plenty to eat to supplement their regular diet. This makes for happy hens with healthy diets that result in Eggs full of vitamins and minerals essential for a healthy lifestyle.