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Tuesday, January 24: French-Inspired Midwestern Warmth

Tuesday, January 24: French-Inspired Midwestern Warmth

Come in from the cold for a night of great food, wine, and conviviality. Here's what Chef Lynn Pritchard and I came up with—along with pairings devised by Robert Morey of Best Case Wines and wine pro Sarah Pritchard.


sausage gougeres
vollereaux brut reserve | nv | champagne

warm goat cheese salad
aged goat cheese | tender greens | honey | pine nuts | vinaigrette
franck millet | 2015 | sancerre | loire

blanquette d'agneau
braised lamb shoulder | velouté | aromatics | root vegetables | whipped potato
duclaux | 2012 | la germine | côte rôtié | northern rhône

crepe | poached pear | chocolate | orange syrup
chateau haut mayne | 2013 | sauternes | bordeaux

The cost for this event is $53 per person, including tax and gratuity. To reserve your table, purchases tickets, here. 

PS: If you fall in love with one, two, or a few of the wines (and methinks you will!) you can purchase bottles that evening.

Here's how the collaboration on this special dinner came about:

I love French wines—they're some of the most food-friendly bottles around; better yet, right now (with our strong dollar), they're also great value.

But let's face it: Not all French wines are fabulous. For example, Bordeaux wines that cost under $20 are rarely worth uncorking. I've also been fooled by some (but not all) $15 French sparkling wines.

Happily, I've discovered a great way to find a shoo-in nearly every time. Whenever I find a moderately priced bottle, I turn to the back label. If it says, "Best Case Wines," I know I've found a winner. Owner Robert Morey travels the wine-regions of France to find bottles that combine goût de terroir (a taste of place) and patrimoine (tradition) with great flavor and good value.

A few years ago, Robert and I collaborated on a wine dinner at The Embassy Club. It was a lovely evening. When Robert asked me if I'd like to collaborate on another wine dinner, I said, but of course!

To our great joy, Lynn and Sarah Pritchard of Table 128 were equally enthusiastic. Sarah knows Best Case Wines well—and features them on her well-purveyed wine list. Chef Lynn and I sat down and dreamed up a great menu: We decided to feature French winter-bistro classics, fortified by Chef Lynn's refined Midwestern sensibilities. Meanwhile, Sarah and Robert joined forces for some irresistible pairings.

We hope you'll join us!


Robert Morey of Best Case Wines.

Robert Morey of Best Case Wines.



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