Covid Takeout 5th Edition 8/16/20

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Thank you for your interest – the dinner has sold out. If you would like to be added to the wait list – please send an email.

Taste of Summer

In the depths of winter when we think about summer – what flavors come to mind?   Tomatoes, fresh herbs, peaches, rosé wine?  Put them together and we’ve got a dinner designed to leave a summer flavor memory mark on your palate.   We return (by overwhelming request!) to Jen Saffron and her Sprezzatura team for a tasty menu matched to a Rosé and a Vermentino – both wines are from next to the Mediterranean Sea, BUT on different sides of Italy.

Each purchase includes dinner for TWO PEOPLE, and TWO BOTTLES of wine. If you would like to join us – please purchase, and we will send confirmation and pick up directions.

We will have a Zoom gathering at 6:30pm.

Logistics 
We will send an email confirmation with pick up details. Dinners (with the wine) can be picked up on Sunday, August 16 between 4:00 – 5:00pm at Sprezzatura in Millvale. Just pop the trunk and food and wine will be gently placed for travel.

Dinner for Two 
Savory tomato pie with goat cheese and herbs

Chicken thighs in a caper, lemon and pistachio sauce

Mezze Rigate with Fresh Pesto

Organic field greens with peaches and edible flowers

Mini espresso chocolate tart 

BOTTLES – yep – TWO BOTTLES – of wine 
For this round Jack has curated two wines from Italy (one rosé – one white).

  • Rosé Wine – Costa dei Trabocchi “Vallevo” Rosato Terre di Chieti IGT Montepuliciano 2019
  • White Wine – Sardus Pater “Lugore” Single Vineyard Vermentino DOC Sardegna 2019

Please note that all sales are final. If you find you are unable to use your seats, please contact Kate and Jack and they will see if there is someone on the wait list who can use them (although this is not guaranteed).  

Covid Takeout 4th Edition on 6/28/20

Don’t cry for us Argentina… We’re busy having dinner!

Argentina is known for many things – some not so flattering (authoritarian governments, currency defaults etc.) and some very flattering, like warm, generous people and fantastic food culture!   In addition to fine culinary traditions, wine has been commercially produced in Argentina since the late 1500s, so we MUST like a country with such history!

Here in Pittsburgh, we have a Mendoza, Argentina native who happens to be a caterer (AND she made food for Kate and Jack’s wedding!). Now that take out is our OTG dinner process, we asked Monica Aveni-Ranii to create an Argentine dinner, paired with two tasty wines.

Each purchase includes dinner for TWO PEOPLE, and TWO BOTTLES of wine. If you would like to join us – please purchase, and we will send confirmation and pick up directions.

We will have a Zoom meeting at 6:30pm – with a special musical guest performance …should be fun!

Logistics 
We will send an email confirmation with pick up details. Dinners (with the wine) can be picked up on Sunday, June 28 between 3:00 – 4:00pm at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkinsburg. Just pop the trunk and food and wine will be gently placed for travel.

Dinner for Two 
Empanadas – two versions: beef / onion with ricotta

Salad with pears and gorgonzola on a bed of spinach and topped with walnuts

Chicken al Vino Blanco from the Mendoza region (chicken sautéed in onions with mushrooms, fingerling potatoes in cumin lemon sauce)

Alfajor with dulce de leche (signature Argentine cookies)

BOTTLES – yep – TWO BOTTLES – of wine 
For this round Jack has curated two wines from Argentina (one white – one red).

  • White Wine – Wapisa Sauvignon Blanc, Atlantic Patagonia, Argentina 2018 / Representing the “new Argentine wine industry” the Wapisa (whale) winery is located 25 miles from the Patagonian coastline 600 miles south of Buenos Aries.   This SB is reminiscent of the Bordeaux style whites, with some grassiness kept in check by bright citrus.  92 points from famous reviewer – this is an interesting white from unusual location in Argentina!
  • Red Wine – Lamadrid Single Vineyard Malbec, Agrelo Mendoza, Argentina 2017 / Malbec OF COURSE!   Back to traditions of fine Malbec from Mendoza region.   This red again reminds one of European style reds, especially those like Cahors, France style reds, with dark, sleek fruit flavors rounding out the very fine tannins… Robert Parker said Lamadrid is “A great value winery to look for.”- tasty stuff.

Covid Takeout 3rd Edition on 5/17/20

As the nation struggles to make sense of how to move forward, we are simply moving on with another heart-warming comfort food/wine combination dinner.   And comfort food means reuniting with Jen Saffron at Sprezzatura. Check out the menu below including TWO wines from the wonderfully rustic Abruzzo region (due east of Rome, on the other side of the boot!).   

Each purchase includes dinner for TWO PEOPLE, and TWO BOTTLES of wine. If you would like to join us – please purchase, and we will send confirmation and pick up directions.

We plan to have Jen and Jack talk us through the food and wine on a Zoom Meeting at 6:30pm – should be fun!

Logistics 
We will send an email confirmation with pick up details. Dinners (with the wine) can be picked up on Sunday, May 17 between 4:00-5:00pm at Sprezzatura in Millvale. Just pop the trunk and food and wine will be gently placed for travel.

Dinner for Two 
Lemony chickpea salad with cucumber, parley, celery

Beef and escarole stuffed shells with red sauce served with rustic bread

Local greens with pancetta and egg

Mini chocolate raspberry tarts

BOTTLES – yep – TWO BOTTLES – of wine 
For this round Jack has curated two wines from Abruzzo (one white – one red).

  • White Wine – Casal Bordino Terre di Chieti Sabelli Pecorino IGT 2016
  • Red Wine – Marramiero DAMA Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 2017

Covid Takeout Round 2 on 4/19/20

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy while the world tries to slow the spread of the virus menace.

In midst of all this distancing and fear – some small relief may come in the form of a nice Sunday evening meal (and yes – that includes wine). SO, we teamed up with and our friend and “Chief Comfort-Foodie Chef” Jen Saffron and her Sprezzatura Cafe team to offer you the menu (and matched wines) listed below!   We’ve already tried the food (and the wines – yes, research is work!) and we think you’ll enjoy this robust, flavorful, Italian, Sunday supper!

We plan on doing another Zoom with Jack and Jen will join us to talk food, Millvale, and much more. Mangia!

Logistics 
We will send an email confirmation with pick up details. Dinners (with the wine) can be picked up on Sunday, April 19 between 3:00-4:00pm at Sprezzatura in Millvale. Just pop the trunk and food and wine will be gently placed for travel.

Dinner for Two 
Olive feta mint dip with crackers

Veg lasagna (red sauce variety) with a side of Sprezzatura famous meatballs

Salad of spring greens, peas, prosciutto and asparagus with lemon dijon balsamic vinaigrette

Biscotti

BOTTLES – yep – TWO BOTTLES – of wine 
In response to your requests for a head to head … Jack has curated two wines for this virtual OTG edition.

  • I Fabbri Lamole, Chianti Classico DOCG 2018
  • Civias Acanteo Nero d’Avola, Sicila IGT 2017

Please note that all sales are final. If you find you are unable to use your seats, please contact Kate and Jack and they will see if there is someone on the wait list who can use them (although this is not guaranteed).  Thank you.

Virtual Edition on 3/29/20

These are trying times – but it is exactly in these situations that we need more connection, more support for each other, more innovation and frankly… some fun…. yep, fun. In a true test of being able to pivot – OTG is going virtual!

We are not offering you advice on how to live or behave – instead we offer you dinner!!!   In the best way we can, without congregating, we invite you to join us for dinner on Sunday 3/29 (in your own home).   We will provide the write up for the food and the wine, and you can read it to each other, while enjoying food and wine like we would all have together.

With our longtime fish friends at Penn Avenue Fish, we offer you this DINNER FOR TWO (and wine… don’t ask where it came from – just know that it is Jack approved and enjoy).

Logistics 
We will send an email confirmation with pick up details. Dinners (with the wine) can be picked up on Sunday, March 29 between 2:30-4:30pm at Penn Ave Fish in the Strip.

Dinner for Two 
Big Summer Salad

Blackened Salmon
white bean ragu / sautéed greens / apple cider vinaigrette

Surprise dessert

BOTTLE – yep – A BOTTLE – of wine 
Jack is curating a specially selected bottle of wine for this virtual OTG edition – you won’t be disappointed (especially magic now that the PLCB is closed)

Please note that all sales are final. If you find you are unable to use your seats, please contact Kate and Jack and they will see if there is someone on the wait list who can use them (although this is not guaranteed).  Thank you.

A Tryp to Marseille on 3/08/20

The Mediterranean Sea gives much to the culinary history of Western Civilization. Coastal regions around the Med have their own flavors and intricacies, each presenting a slightly different take on the regional cuisine. Marseille is a bustling city with cuisine that reflects the richness of both land and sea – equally, the wines are rich and giving as well.

We are delighted to reunite with Kevin Costa, now Executive Chef at the Tryp Hotel. Please join us at a NEW location for the cuisine of Marseille.

First Course 
Potted smoked trout

Aimery Sparkling Crémant de Limoux Rosé Brut NV

Second Course
Bouillabaisse

Mas Amiel Vertigo Blanc 2018  Languedoc-Roussillon

Third Course
Greens with romesco and crispy lentils

Chateau Ollieux-Romanis Cuvee Classique Rouge 2016 Languedoc-Roussillon 

Fourth Course
Braised pork shank, roasted potatoes, haricot vert, mushrooms and artichoke

Chateau Saint Roch Roubials Rouge 2016 Languedoc-Roussillon

and

Chateau Ollieux-Romanis Cuvee Classique Rouge 2016 Languedoc-Roussillon 

Fifth Course
Pear tart with citrus curd

Please note that all sales are final. If you find you are unable to use your seats, please contact Kate and Jack and they will see if there is someone on the wait list who can use them (although this is not guaranteed).  Thank you.

Australia Day 2020 on 1/26/20

When it comes to celebrating the warmth of summer while suffering through the chills of winter, we are big fans!   Please join with us to celebrate a summer holiday in the middle of winter. This year we are teaming up with Penn Avenue Fish to match tasty foods with warm and cool climate Aussie wines – check out the menu below – should be good fun!

No conversation about or with Australians can take place at this moment in time, without acknowledging the massive fires that are devastating the lives of so many people and animals.   Australia’s terrible bushfires have laid waste to millions of acres of wild animal habitats, farm lands, towns and even vineyards.

While we invite you to this year’s Australia Day Dinner, we also hope you will consider donating to Australian Bushfire relief:  www.redcross.org.au or www.wildlifevictoria.org

1 
Smoked Salmon Crostini 
hand sliced smoked salmon /  house made smoked salmon cream 
cheese spread / salmon roe / fresh dill / sour dough crostini

Ninth Island NV Sparkling Wine from Tasmania

2  
Scallops & Angel Hair
browned butter / white wine & fresh herb sauce / grape tomato confit / sea salt

Alkoomi Black Label Riesling 2018 from Western Australia

3
Octopus Salad
poached octopus / peppers / onions / red skin potatoes / arugula / fresh herb vinaigrette

Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2018 from South Australia

4
Lamb
ginger bbq’d lamb chops / seaweed butter / radish & spinach salad / sesame – rice wine vinaigrette 

Holm Oak Pinot Noir 2017 from Tasmania 
AND
Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2014 from South Australia

5
Apple Pie

Island Hopping on 11/17/19

Islands are different.   

Every island around the world has a distinct culture and character all its own. Weather, politics, technology and oceans drive these differences. The result is food and wine culture that is close to, but not exactly like, their larger continental neighbors.  

The ever fabulous Kate Romane and team at Black Radish are creating a series of dishes perfectly paired for this culinary tour. 

We hope you will join us to enjoy five distinctly different wines from five different islands – we think it will be fun and tasty!

1
spinach and ricotta fritters with lemon aioli

Jansz Premium Rose Sparkling Wine NV from Tasmania

2
smoked eggplant, marinated feta, hummus and fire bread

Boutari Kretikos White 2017 from Crete

3
octopus and potato salad

Sella & Mosca La Cala Vermentino 2018 from Sardinia

4
linguini with clams

Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2014 from Sicily
AND
Les Vignerons de l’Ile de Beaute Prestige du President 2015 from Corsica

5
pot a creme with whip and salted hazelnuts

All in the (Drouhin) Family

Can one family, in it’s fourth generation – founded in 1880, make successful wines half a world apart?  From Burgundy, France to Oregon, the Drouhin family makes its best efforts and for this dinner we will make our own assessment of their success.

Kate and Jack have spent a small amount of time (Jack says not nearly enough) in Burgundy and look forward to visiting Oregon sometime soon. On their recent Burgundy visit they spent a morning at Maison Joseph Drouhin in Beaune tasting countless beautiful white and red Burgundies – and we hope some of that Chardonnay and Pinot Noir MAGIC will join us for dinner at Gaucho with stunning dinner provided by the fabulous Kevin Costa.

1
foie gras torchon, fig, balsamic, onion cream, greens, crostini

Cremant de Bourgogne Sparkling NV

2
arctic char, charred corn, romaine, grilled peaches, kohlrabi slaw 

Burgundy: Maison Joseph Drouhin Pouilly Vinzelles 2015
AND
Oregon: Domaine Drouhin Chardonnay Arthur Dundee Hills 2016 

3
string beans, white bean puree, olives, fresh sheep’s milk cheese, dill 

4
grilled ribeye, blistered tomatoes, grilled summer squash, roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions, grainy mustard demi-glace

Burgundy:  Maison Joseph Drouhin Chorey les Beaune 2015
AND
Oregon: Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir Roserock Eola Amity Hills 2015

5
pistachio & cardamom cake, raspberry coulis, whipped cream, smoked honey 

A Community Dinner

Thank you for your interest.  The dinner is SOLD OUT.  If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please send an email to let us know how many seats you would like.  Thanks and stay tuned for more dinners later this fall.

Community is valuable to us all – and we think many on our list of fun food and wine lovers feel strongly that our community deserves our support and attention.   This dinner is produced by Community Kitchen, a group that uses food as the foundation to change lives and strengthen communities. They provide culinary training and job placement services for adults experiencing barriers to employment.   We hope that you will join us in showing up and showing support for this organization!

Amuse Bouche – Ceviche
Seabass, Blood Orange, Mustard, Chili, Chive 

Aimery Sparkling Creėmant de Limoux Rosé Brut NV, France

Salad
Beet, Cauliflower, Black Garlic, Lemon

Bieler Pere et Fils Cuvee Sabine Rosé Coteaux d’Aix en Provence 2018, France

Fish
Monkfish, Miso, Cilantro, Soybean, Ginger

Hugel et Fils Gentil Alsace 2017, France

Meat
Lamb Loin, Ricotta, Tomato, Asparagus, Port

Castello Banfi Centine Rose Toscana 2016, Italy
AND
Montes Alpha Carmenere Colchagua Valley 2016, Chile 

Dessert
Pistachio mousse, Chocolate Graham, Mint

Please note that all sales are final. If you find you are unable to use your seats, please contact Kate and Jack and they will see if there is someone on the wait list who can use them (although this is not guaranteed).  

Thank you.