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).

flatbread with blue cheese, grapes, rosemary

Gruet Limited Release Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature NV

grilled peach, sweet pepper, cucumber salad

Vin Gris of Sonoma, Sonoma Valley Rose 2017

poached salmon rillettes

Chardonnay Hawk Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley 2015

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

Estate Syrah Sonoma Valley 2014
Cabernet Sauvignon McGraw Vineyard Sonoma 2014

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.

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!

Fried Smelts
caper tarter sauce & lemon

Zardetto Prosecco Conegliano Brut DOC, Treviso

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

Colle dei Bardellini Pigato 2016 DOC, Liguria

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

Colle dei Bardellini Vermentino 2016 DOC, Liguria

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

Monchiero Carbone Recit Roero Arneis 2016 DOCG, Langhe

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.

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

Perelada Cava Stars Brut Nature 2014

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)

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

Palacio Del Burgo Rioja Reserva 2010 (red – Wine Spectator 93)
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
roasted mushrooms, peperonata, creamy polenta

Tormaresca Neprica Puglia 2013
Tavros Primitivo di Manduria Puglia 2015

Fifth Course
whipped ricotta panna cotta
honey, grilled cherries

The Grapes of Rhone


Some of the world’s best wines come from grapes commonly associated with France’s Rhone Valley.   International wine markets, perpetually pre-occupied with icon-wines of Burgundy and Bordeaux, often undervalue Rhone-Varietal wines BUT WE WON’T!!!

Join us for a mini-exploration of Rhone-Varietal wines including Syrah, Grenache, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne (reviewed scores for these wines range 90-95), all matched to a Southern-France-inspired menu created by Kate Romane’s Black Radish Kitchen.

First Course 
ham on baguette, whipped butter and pickle

Aimery Sparkling Cremant Brut Rose Limoux NV

Second Course
white fish croquette with anchovy mayonnaise

Jean-Louis Chave, Saint Joseph Blanc Circa 2016
Domaine de la Solitude Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2016

Third Course
romaine and watercress salad with lemon, olives and fried capers

Fourth Course
lamb stew with root veg and baby potatoes

Chateau Saint Roch Chimeres Languedoc-Roussillon 2015
Eric & Joël Durand “Empreintes” Cornas 2015

Fifth Course
dark chocolate pudding with lavender whip

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.

Happy Australia Day 2018!

We all deserve a break from snow and wind-chill concerns… what better way than to transport ourselves down under to Australia for the island nation’s summer holiday celebration AUSTRALIA DAY.  Penn Avenue Fish accepted our challenge to deliver a dinner worthy of a summer coastal gathering and we paired their inspired cuisine with some rare, tasty wines.

For those who like scores, one famous reviewer rated the wines 91pts, 94pts, 94pts, 94pts, and 94pts – join us and see if you agree!

First Course 
Ora King Salmon Gravlox
cucumber-dill / crostini

Jansz Premium Rose – Tasmania NV

Second Course
Australian Seabass with Zucchini Slice
brown butter & caper sauce

Holm Oak Pinot Gris – Tasmania 2015
Voyager Estate Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon – Margaret River 2015

Third Course
Wild Rocket Salad
arugula / macadamia nuts / roaring 40’s bleu cheese / Indonesian vinaigrette

Fourth Course
Lamb with Roasted Hasselback Potato
whole grain mustard / rosemary / garlic

Voyager Estate Girt By Sea Cabernet Merlot – Margaret River 2012
Elderton Shiraz 2014 Syrah/Shiraz – Barossa 2012

Fifth Course

Selection of liquors from Sullivan’s Cove in Tasmania


Another wonderful year – and a great one to come

THANK YOU to everyone who was able to join us for a dinner in 2018.  We enjoyed meeting new friends and sharing a glass with those returning for their second, fourth and tenth dinners!

We have started the planning for 2019 – stay tuned for details.  But as always – we will start the year with all things Australia.

SAVE THE DATE for Sunday, January 27th.