StanzaWe highlight a lot of wine dinners through the year, but this upcoming special from Stanza promises to be something very special indeed. The restaurant will be featuring seven 2013 single vineyard crus from Produttori del Barbaresco paired with a decadent lineup from Jonathan LeBlanc and Amber Billingsley. Cheeseboards to sweetbreads to seasonal fruits, the fall-leaning menu seeks to offer the perfect pairing for this wine extravaganza. A little blurb on the wine for the night, courtesy of Stanza:
The Produttori del Barbaresco has been producing stellar wines in a traditional style since its inception in 1958. This cooperative of 50 families from the very best estates in Piedmont, Italy, produces one wine, Barbaresco, from one grape varietal, Nebbiolo on 250 acres in the heart of the Barbaresco D.O.C.G appellation. These wines are widely lauded by enthusiastsThe full menu for the evening is as follows: * Tartufo asiago, robiola, fiore sardo, stone fruits and chestnut honey * Barbaresco D.O.C.G. Riserva Asili 2013 * Duck egg chestnut ravioli, black truffle and porcini cream * Barbaresco D.O.C.G. Riserva Ovello 2013 * Grilled peach and burrata, crisp prosciutto, tarragon, pickled fresno peppers * Barbaresco D.O.C.G. Riserva Rabajà 2013 * Calabrian cioppino of halibut, Manila clam, squid, shrimp and mussels with gremolata toast points * Barbaresco D.O.C.G. Riserva Rio Sordo 2013 * Single lamb rack and sweetbread croquette, dark cherry gastrique, artichoke puree and spinach dust * Barbaresco D.O.C.G. Riserva Muncagota 2013 * Seared scallop, colonnata lard, saffron sauce and shallots “in Scapece” * Barbaresco D.O.C.G. Riserva Montestefano 2013 * Fiore D Arancio cheesecake, rosemary caramel, black grape and candied orange relish, Solstice Madagascar chocolate truffle * Barbaresco D.O.C.G. Riserva Pajè 2013 The meal on Wednesday, September 26th begins at 6.30 p.m. The cost is $175 per person (or $100 per person without wine pairings). Reservations are a must and can be made by calling 801-746-4441. Due to the rare nature of these wines, seating is very limited and expected to go quickly. 454 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 (801) 746-4441 stanzaslc.com
Celebrate The BountyThe final details are now in for next weeks Celebrate The Bounty. The yearly fundraiser, featuring all things local will be held Thursday September 13th (7-10 p.m.) at Caffe Molise’s new digs in the Eagle building (see pics below for a preview). This year’s CTB sees ten stops for guests to explore, each linking up a restaurant with a suitable cocktail partner; each of course using one or more favorite local ingredients. The full list is as follows: * Hearth & New World Distillery * The Rest & Honest John Bitters * Trio & Ogden’s Own * Caffe Molise & Dented Brick Distillery * Park City Culinary Institute & Salt City Vodka * Meditrina & Sugar House Distillery * Rico Cocina & Vida Tequila * The Garage Grill & Kid Curry Spirits * The Yes Hell & Distillery 36 * San Diablo Churros & Waterpocket Distillery The final menu will be a surprise, but here are some examples of what to expect The Rest & Honest John Bitters * Salvadoran sweet cheese bread bites made with Beehive Cheese, yuzu curd, clifford farms eggs, fig meringue crumble and Slide Ridge Honey served * The Loaded Pistil – gin, dry curaçao, sweet vermouth, lemon juice, jalapeño and honest john lavender bitters Meditrina & Sugar House Distillery * Vodka Summer harvest ceviche shooter with spiced shrimp garnish (combined food & drink) Park City Culinary Institute & Salt City Vodka * Raspberry lemon French macarons served * Salt City Vodka chocolate espresso martinis The Garage Grill & Kid Curry Spirits * Roasted turkey red beet hummus wraps * French Kiss – Kid Curry vanilla caramel vodka, cola, and a splash of half and half Rico Cocina & Vida Tequila * Pollo rebosado – flattened and breaded chicken breast rolled with cream cheese and pasilla peppers, fried and served on top of a peanut mole sauce * Vida Tequila Trio & Ogden’s Own * Heirloom tomato and Utah peach compote, housemade ricotta, house-made herb cracker, evoo, herb salad * Peach ginger shrub – Five Wives Vodka, Porter’s peach whiskey, lemon juice, ginger ale Hearth & New World Distillery * Pan seared 8 oz. cuck breast, fusilli, fontina cheese sauce, toasted hazelnuts, wild mushrooms, chocolate gastrique * The oomaw ginger martini * The blue jalapeño rabbit & grass General admission tickets are priced $65 for food and beverage, $55 for food only. Celebrate the Bounty is a 21+ event. Tickets can be purchase online and more details can be found on the event’s Facebook page.
Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC and The Utah Review; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. I’ve worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.
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