Last night I attended an Italian style Railtown Supper Party at the Vancouver Urban Winery. They have been doing this unique supper parties over the past few months, this week during the Dine Out Vancouver festival they had been offering a taster experience. Each of these dinners are 3 courses paired with 3 wines along an additional 2 house wine tasters.
I have to say this was a wonderful experience, the setting can’t get much better unless of course you had been sitting outside in a vineyard on a summer night. Here it’s a long table, ambient lighting, great jazz playing in the background and an opportunity to meet others at the table. Last night I met a couple of guys visiting here from Australia on my right and 3 men on my left who were local, we had a great conversation about food in general, and a couple across from me who talked food and wine.
On to the dinner part of the experience, Chef Eddie Szasz created the meal along with Chef Maria Huynh, last night’s theme was Italian which also had an Asian twist. To begin we had the choice of the house white or red and received 2 drink tickets for those. After we were seated, we were then served the meal.
Carpaccio di Salmone – house cured “Smiley” Salmon with young daikon & cilantro salad with a kaffir lime, lemongrass vinaigrette paired with the Kraze Legz Pinot Blanc
Mezza Luna al Oxtail – halfmoon shaped ravioli stuffed oxtail braised with star anise & fennel in a light ginger and thai basil tomato sauce paired with the Nichol Nine Mile Red
Tiramisu Cupcake – cardamom, cinnamon and mascarpone frosting paired with the Road 13 Honest John’s Red
The Winery’s in-house Sommelier David Stansfield was the emcee for the evening and he talked about how he paired each course with wines fresh from the taps of the Winery’s 36 tap tasting bar. The cost of this dining experience with dinner and wine pairings was only $65.
Make sure you catch the next Railtown Supper Party especially one that has Chef Maria Huynh on the bill.
By: Richard Wolak