Love the Earth (and wine!)

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 our next dinner in June.

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!

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 in the coming months.

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

The Riches of Piedmont

Northwest Italy, comprised of intimidating Alps, beautiful hills, and fertile plains has been in demand for thousands of years. Countless groups have sought to own this region and its agricultural riches (Celts, Romans, saracens, French, Sardinians, Austrians to name a few).

We spent time there earlier this year and can say we really want to return since we only scratched the surface. Until then, we are fortunate to have found several of the greatest wines of the region to share with you including the Dolcetto enjoyed at a private home with the President of the Luigi Einaudi Winery, and the Marchesi Di Barolo wines tasted at a beautiful lunch at the winery (ask us about the Japanese Banker!).

The incredible Kate Romane and Black Radish Kitchen brought the meal to life with her knowledge of the local cuisine.

Antipasto
bagna cauda

Trevisiol Valdobiaddene Prosecco DOCG Non Vintage

Primo
tortellini with sage brown butter and hazelnuts

Massimo Rivetti Langhe Rosato 2017

Insalata
salad with shaved fennel, gorgonzola and olives

Secondo
pork loin with tonnato and capers served with parm risotto

Dolcetto  Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani Vigna Tecc 2015 (possibly the world’s best Dolcetto!)
AND
Marchesi Di Barolo, Barolo 2011 (100% Nebiolo, the King of Grapes!)

Dolce
cannoli with pistachio and chocolate

Vietti Moscato d’Asti Cascinetta Vietti DOC 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.

California Dreaming – Introducing Chris Loxton

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.

What do you get when you combine world-class scientific talent with wine-making passion and put them right in the middle of Sonoma (one of the world’s best wine producing regions)?  I suggest that wine-making success is the result!   Chris Loxton embodies all these things – the wines clearly reflect his capabilities, passion and location.  How much do we like Chris and his wines?   His is the ONLY wine club in which I am a member.

Join us in the Gaucho Bodega for a fantastic Kevin Costa produced California-inspired dinner with FIVE LOXTON WINES (you may even be inspired to join the Loxton wine club).

First
flatbread with blue cheese, grapes, rosemary

Gruet Limited Release Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature NV

Second
grilled peach, sweet pepper, cucumber salad

Vin Gris of Sonoma, Sonoma Valley Rose 2017

Third
poached salmon rillettes

Chardonnay Hawk Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley 2015

Fourth
Santa Maria style flank steak, heirloom beans, avocado puree, radish & kohlrabi slaw

Estate Syrah Sonoma Valley 2014
AND
Cabernet Sauvignon McGraw Vineyard Sonoma 2014

Fifth
yogurt, honey & olive oil cake

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.

Fall 2018 Dinners

The hard working team behind the Off the Grid dinners are busy planning for a series of fabulous fall wine / food combinations. More details to come.

In the meantime – enjoy the lazy days of summer (and don’t forget the rose!).

SAVE THE DATE for the first one on Sunday, September 9th. 

Italian Riviera

Oh Portofino!

The Italian coast charms us with breathtaking coastline, but the food draws us in and we are never the same afterward.   So fresh and inviting, the Northern Italian Coastal Cuisine allows us to recall the panoramic views, the crystal clear waters and smell of fresh sea air – Admit it: we ALL want to be there!

Who better to transport us to the Italian Riviera than Penn Avenue FishLet’s Mangia!

Antipasto
Fried Smelts
caper tarter sauce & lemon

Zardetto Prosecco Conegliano Brut DOC, Treviso

Insalata
Romaine Radicchio & Arugula Salad
toasted hazelnuts / dried figs / taleggio crostini / extra virgin olive oil & fresh herb vinaigrette

Colle dei Bardellini Pigato 2016 DOC, Liguria

Primo
Pesto Alla Genovese
fresh pasta / green beans / potatoes / pesto sauce / parmigiano-reggiano & pecorino cheeses

Colle dei Bardellini Vermentino 2016 DOC, Liguria

Secondo
Big Eye Tuna Skewer
black olive / tomato / green onion / grilled vegetables

Monchiero Carbone Recit Roero Arneis 2016 DOCG, Langhe

Dolce
Panna cotta
hazelnut crunch

Mondoro Asti Spumante Sparkling Wine NV, Piedmont

del Norte de España

Northern Spain has brought the world so many great treasures – from the world’s most famous pilgrimage to the world’s most recognizable museum building. Many people consider the cuisine and wine offerings to be unsurpassed. SO we thought it would be fun to pair Northern Spain wine with regional flavors – Magnifico!

Bringing the fuego on the food front is the ever fabuloso Kate Romane and Black Radish Kitchen.  Another noche not to be missed.

Primero
prosciutto, olive oil and marcona almonds / house focaccia / olives

Perelada Cava Stars Brut Nature 2014

Segundo
spanish tortilla / white anchovies with young parsley / baguette with herb butter

Bodegas Ontanon Vetiver Viura Rioja 2014 (white – Wine Spectator 91 & #62 of top 100)

Tercera
spring greens, cabrales and lemon
AND
grilled flank steak with spring onion and saffron rice

Palacio Del Burgo Rioja Reserva 2010 (red – Wine Spectator 93)
AND
Cune Rioja Gran Reserva 2010  (red – Wine Spectator 94 & #22 of top 100)

El Final
almond torte with espresso ice cream

Valdespino Pedro Ximenez El Candado NV

Mangia l’Italia

Travel with us to Southern Italy with wines of Puglia!   Last year, Kate and Jack joined a fun group of Pittsburghers for a 10 day romp through the history, food and culture of Italy’s “Heel of the Boot” – PUGLIA!

Thinking about our time there brings smiles to our faces and hunger for more of Puglia’s gastronomic flavors – please join us for an evening of Puglia-inspired cuisine (presented by Kevin Costa at Gaucho) matched to Puglianese wines… bring your appetite!

First Course 
grilled octopus
cannelloni beans, ‘nduja salami, roasted garlic, parsley, romesco

Contarini Prosecco Superiore Millesimato Valdobbiadene DOCG 2016

Second Course
fennel & orange salad
radicchio, celery, arugula, olive, shallot vinaigrette

Masseria Surani Arthemis Fiano Puglia 2016

Third Course
warm escarole & wheat berries
tuna aioli, blistered tomatoes, toasted almonds, pecorino

Cantele Negroamaro Rosato Puglia 2016

Fourth Course
porcetta
roasted mushrooms, peperonata, creamy polenta

Tormaresca Neprica Puglia 2013
AND
Tavros Primitivo di Manduria Puglia 2015

Fifth Course
whipped ricotta panna cotta
honey, grilled cherries