By Amy L. Schubert Food Writer Published Oct 08, 2008 at 5:36 PM

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Kohler kicks off its eighth annual Food & Wine Experience on Thursday, Oct. 23, starting at 3 p.m. with a schedule packed with wine classes, cooking and spices lectures, and several destination Kohler chef challenges.

The four-day food and wine extravaganza features food and wine tastings galore, talks by celebrity and local chefs and sommeliers, and cookbook signings. Many of the events are complimentary, others include a moderate price tag ($25-$30 for basic lectures up to $150 for full meals prepared by visiting chefs).

For those who are looking to make the Food & Wine Experience a weekend getaway, overnight attendees can book reservations on Oct. 25 and 26 at The American Club, including accommodations for two guests, two tickets to the Taste of the Vine and two tickets to the Feast of Talent starting at $678 per person. Or, the Taste of the Vine package includes two tickets to Taste of the Vine and accommodations start at $378 per person.

For more information on The Kohler Food and Wine Experience, or to make reservations, call (800) 344-2838 or visit

Amy L. Schubert is a 15-year veteran of the hospitality industry and has worked in every aspect of bar and restaurant operations. A graduate of Marquette University (B.A.-Writing Intensive English, 1997) and UW-Milwaukee (M.A.-Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Writing, 2001), Amy still occasionally moonlights as a guest bartender and she mixes a mean martini.

The restaurant business seems to be in Amy’s blood, and she prides herself in researching and experimenting with culinary combinations and cooking techniques in her own kitchen as well as in friends’ restaurants. Both she and her husband, Scott, are avid cooks and “wine heads,” and love to entertain friends, family and neighbors as frequently as possible.

Amy and Scott live with their boys, Alex and Nick, in Bay View, where they are all very active in the community. Amy finds great pleasure in sharing her knowledge and passions for food and writing in her contributions to