Sunday Discovery Dinner at Grapes and Soda

Last Sunday I enjoyed the Emilia-Romagna theme dinner in this Discovery Dinner series which Chef Ron Shaw who offered up a 4 course selection of small plates. Each Sunday night throughout the fall they have been offering up a different theme of small plates which you can get on it’s own or add the wine pairing option, as this is a Natural wine bar the wines selected are matched by the in-house sommelier Hao-Yang Wang as well any cocktails that are paired are done so by Bar Manager Satoshi Yonemori.

Now on to dinner and the pairings!

1st course:

Beets, Parmesan, Balsamic Vinegar

Beets, Parmesan, Balsamic Vinegar

Beets, Parmesan, Balsamic Vinegar paired with the Rinaldini Picol Ross Lambruco Brut NV, Emilio-Romagna, IT

2nd course:

Green Tortellini

Green Tortellini

Denavolo Catavela 13

Denavolo Catavela 13

Green Tortellini with anchovy butter paired with Denavolo Catavela 13, Emilia Romagna Italy, a delicious orange appearance wine.

Mid-Course:

Beyond Bread

Beyond Bread

Beyond Bread, olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar

3rd course:

Braised Lamb Neck

Braised Lamb Neck

Braised Lamb Neck, Turnip and Cauliflower paired with the La Stoppa Trebbiolo Rosso 13, Emilia-Romagna, IT

4th course:

Sunchoke Espuma

Sunchoke Espuma

Sunchoke Espuma, local walnuts and Amaro Montenegro ‘tiramisu paired with an Amaro Cocktail with Amaro Montenegro, house-made walnut liquer, suze

Each Sunday evening they offer 3 seatings, choose from 6:30pm, 7:30pm or 8:30pm. Dinners cost $35 per person plus tax and gratuity, with optional drink pairings of wine, beer, cocktails, cider or spirits available for each course. Tickets are limited and available for purchase online.

They have some interesting regional dinners coming up, including a focus on Eastern Europe on December 6.

By: Richard Wolak