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Food Network celebrity chef Richard Blais hosts “Friends of Cooper’s Hawk” on I-Drive

Richard Blais – chef, restaurateur, James Beard Foundation nominated cookbook author and television personality joined Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant on I-Drive as the “Friends of Cooper’s Hawk” host.  Cooper’s Hawk wine club members were the first to be invited to attend this exclusive event.  Cooper’s Hawk wine club is the largest wine club in the world with over 350,000 members.

We were also invited to attend Richard Blais’ sold out stand-up comedy cooking show and we loved it!  Blais is a hoot, his show was educational as it was entertaining.  Before the event, we got to sit down and interview him during a private media meet & greet.  We learned that at age 11, Blais would make ham and cheese sandwiches with crushed chips after school while Julia Child was playing on the television.  Blais would pretend he was in a restaurant where he was the customer, server, chef and owner.  His dad was in film so that played a huge role in his life growing up.

Blais now owns five restaurants, has a beautiful wife with two young daughters.  He is also the manager of his daughter’s basketball team.

“I am a man who likes to embrace opportunity.” – Richard Blais

It was a pleasure dining with Joseph Hayes from Orlando Magazine

Tim McEnery, Founder and CEO of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants and Richard Blais

Toast & coopa with white truffle honey

Lobster cannoli with ricotta, fresh herbs

Sicilian meatballs with currants, pine nuts

Persimmon and burrata salad with spanish olive oil, black truffle

Emily Wines of Cooper’s Hawk

Sea bass milanese with romanesco, brown butter, crispy pork, avocado dressing

Modern tiramisu with mascarpone ice cream, brandy, orange, cocoa nib

Richard Blais, Chef Edmund & Chef Stephen of Cooper’s Hawk and Blais’ Chef Scarletta

They sent us home with a bottle of wine and a signed copy of Richard Blais’ “So Good” cookbook – courtesy of Thomas Koenigsberg, CMO at Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants.  This was the first cookbook that I read through and thoroughly enjoyed.  Highly recommended!

Fun fact:  The only wine that is gonna be served at the Screen Actors Guild Award this Sunday, January 27, is this blend of SAG x Cooper’s Hawk Wine thanks to a 3-year partnership with SAG.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery
8005 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 956-3400


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