Island Hopping on 11/17/19

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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

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Thank you.

All in the (Drouhin) Family

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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 

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Thank you.

A Community Dinner

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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

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Thank you.

Love the Earth (and wine!)

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Sustainable – Biodynamic – Organic….. what does this all mean when it comes to wine!??!

To help us navigate the world of sustainable wines, we are delighted to have Sandra Taylor join us. Sandra is CEO of Sustainable Business International, a consulting business that assists clients at various stages of environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practice, primarily in the food and beverage sector.  She is also the Falk Chair of Socially Responsible Business at Chatham University in Pittsburgh.

Chef Kevin Costa has connected with all of his local farmers to bring us a meal connected with the local economy. We hope you can join us to enjoy this spring feast and unravel the mysteries of sustainable wines.

1
chicken liver mousse, lemon thyme, lemon zest, ramps, olive oil toast, sea salt 

Simonnet-Febvre Cremant de Bourgogne Blanc NV

2
seared trout, arugula, carrot tops, dandelion greens, pea shoots, water cress, radishes, Marcona almond, orange-saffron vinaigrette

Argiolas Vermentino Sardegna Costamolino 2017 

3
mushroom conserve, grilled asparagus, white bean purée, red onion, roncal, lilac

Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

4
grilled pork shoulder, herb gremolata, braised kale, chard and mustard greens, leek and garlic confit

Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rouge Paso Robles 2015

5
brown butter and cardamom apple tart, pistachio, orange-honey

Chateau Richard Saussignac Tradition 2013

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.

Winter Comfort

Punxsutawney Phil said we were in for an early spring – but given the recent arctic chill we weren’t convinced. What better to weather the season than a meal of hearty and savory foods that are familiar and comforting.  Combined with friends and some of our favorite wines, it was a warm and comforting late winter evening!

The incredible Kate Romane and Black Radish Kitchen emerged from winter hibernation to create a meal to see us through to the first signs of spring.

Welcome
country beans with country loaf family style 

Vignerons de Mancey Cremant de Bourgogne NV

1
white fish almandine. parsley. lemon

Elk Cove Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley 2017

2
green bean. gem lettuce .tarragon. olive. and fingerling potatoes

Domaine de la Solitude Cotes du Rhone Rose 2017

3
beef bourguignon and baguette

Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2016
AND
Robert Mondavi Maestro Red Blend Napa Valley 2014

4
creme brulee

Happy Australia Day 2019!

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Significant dates in History:

  • January 26, 1788 First Fleet lands in Australia
  • January 26, 1808 first recorded celebration of “Australia Day” (much like USA’s 4th of July)
  • January 26, 2008 (exactly 200 years later) Jack and Kate celebrate their first Australia Day together having recently returned from Australia as a newly engaged couple
  • January 26, 2019 AUSTRALIA DAY PITTSBURGH AGAIN!!!!

Come join us for tasty Australian-style eats created by our good friend Chef Kevin Costa at Gaucho, paired to five highly regarded Aussie wines. This promises to be a wonderful and warm dinner celebration that will help all of us forget winter and think about the summer celebrations down under!

FIRST
mushroom pate, pickled shallots, tea eggs, herbs, toast

Jansz Sparkling Rose, Tasmania Non Vintage

SECOND
arugula, golden beet root, toasted macadamia, pear, avocado, white miso vinaigrette

Xanadu “Exmoor” Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon, Margaret River 2016
AND
Vasse Felix “Filius” Chardonnay, Margaret River 2016

THIRD
seared black garlic-soy marinated barramundi, sweet potato puree, grilled sprouting broccoli, sesame

Continuing with whites from above.

FOURTH
rosemary braised lamb shanks, roasted potatoes & garlic, red wine jus

Holm Oak Pinot Noir, Tasmania 2016
AND
Shaw & Smith Shiraz, Adelaide Hills 2015

FIFTH
pavlova, mango, lime

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.

7 Fishes (well… 9) to Celebrate 2018

NOT the “Feast of the Seven Fishes”!

Having traveled to the predominantly Roman Catholic Southern France in October where tons of beautiful seafood is served, we thought it would be fun to share some nice French wine with an ALL FISH dinner inspired (initially at least) by the traditional Catholic Christmas Eve meal… but then we realized that we could have more than seven… so we kept going!  And where else could we do this but Penn Avenue Fish?!

Thank you for joining us for the “feast of more than Seven Fishes not on Christmas Eve, but during the holiday season fish dinner!”

Fish 1 & 2
NIGIRI PLATE
tuna with avocado / red onion / wasabi roe
octopus with yuzu mayo / scallion / tobiko caviar

Domaine Moillard Cremant de Bourgogne NV, Burgundy, France

Fish 3
PARMESAN BAKED SCALLOPS
parmesan & fontina cheeses / bread crumbs / onion / fresh herbs / served in a scallop shell

Château Lamothe de Haux Bordeaux Blanc 2017, Bordeaux, France

Fish 4, 5 & 6
SALT COD BRANDADE SALAD
arugula / cherry tomatoes / smoked salmon dressing / white anchovy / crostini

Samuel Billaud Chablis A.C. 2016, Chablis, France

Fish 7, 8 & 9
PORCINI CANNELLONI
calamari / sole / shrimp / spicy tomato sauce

Domaine Chofflet Valdenaire Givry 2016, Burgundy, France

Fish-Free
CHOCOLATE TULIP
complements for Food Glorious Food

Dopff and Irion Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rose NV, Alsace, France