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.
vollereaux brut reserve | nv | champagne
warm goat cheese salad
aged goat cheese | tender greens | honey | pine nuts | vinaigrette
franck millet | 2015 | sancerre | loire
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!