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.
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).
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
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
Scallops & Angel Hair
browned butter / white wine & fresh herb sauce / grape tomato confit / sea salt
Alkoomi Black Label Riesling 2018 from Western Australia
poached octopus / peppers / onions / red skin potatoes / arugula / fresh herb vinaigrette
Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2018 from South Australia
ginger bbq’d lamb chops / seaweed butter / radish & spinach salad / sesame – rice wine vinaigrette
Holm Oak Pinot Noir 2017 from Tasmania
Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2014 from South Australia
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!
spinach and ricotta fritters with lemon aioli
Jansz Premium Rose Sparkling Wine NV from Tasmania
smoked eggplant, marinated feta, hummus and fire bread
Boutari Kretikos White 2017 from Crete
octopus and potato salad
Sella & Mosca La Cala Vermentino 2018 from Sardinia
linguini with clams
Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2014 from Sicily
Les Vignerons de l’Ile de Beaute Prestige du President 2015 from Corsica
pot a creme with whip and salted hazelnuts
Thank you for your interest. The dinner is SOLD OUT. If you would like to be added to the wait list please send an email through the contact page.
Please join Chef Toni Pais for a special dinner celebrating 20 years at Cafe Zinho.
Foie gras truffle / Garilc tomato bisque / Sardine crostini
Quinta De Cabriz sparkling NV Dao Sul
Scallop wraped in smoked salmon and topped with caviar
Quinta De Cabriz Colheita Seleccionada Branco Dão Sul 2016
Crab cake and shrimp with orange vanilla sauce
Herdade do Esporão Reserva Branco Alentejo 2015
Salmon with honey roasted beet sauce
Medallions of beef with Madeira sauce
Quinta dos Murças Assobio Red Douro 2015
Prickle pear puree
Beet with goat cheese timbale and caprese stick
Herdade do Esporão Quatro Castas Red Alentejo 2015
Quail breast on top of duck confit cake with plum brandy sauce
Rack of lamb with red wine garlic sauce
Chocolate terrine and Portuguese cookie
Messias NV 10-Years-Old Tawny Port
Goodbye Pittsburgh – we will miss you!
The Smiles are swapping pierogies for satays, squirrels for monkeys and snow for tropical downpours. Please come join us for our last hoorah in Pittsburgh before we set off to our new home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
To celebrate our love of all things Australian and American with help from our great friends from Off The Grid (Jack and Kate), we have planned a menu with wine pairings that highlights the best of both worlds. In great Australian tradition, the wine is on us!
We have booked out Café Zhino in Shadyside and this event is a pre-pay night only – the cost includes meal, all taxes and gratuities. To make things easy on everyone, we ask you to click on the link and pay via PayPal by Wednesday, August 23rd. The restaurant cannot accept payment on the night.
Look forward to seeing you there! – Wendy and Jon
fresh goat cheese truffles with mango and almonds
crab cakes with dijonnaise sauce
Gruet Brut (sparkler to start of course!)
arugula with feta cheese, granny smith apple and toasted almonds with lemon vinaigrette
A to Z Wineworks Rose Oregon 2015
rack of lamb with garlic rosemary red wine reduction served with roasted vegetables
Chateau Ste Michelle Winery Syrah Columbia Valley 2013
chocolate velvet mousse served with raspberry reduction and creme
Bleasdale The Red Brute Sparkling Shiraz
Be sure to save the date for another dinner series with Chef Kate Romane and our friends at e2 in Highland Park.
- Wednesday, March 30
- Wednesday, April 20
- Wednesday, May 11
More details to come!
Kate and Jack
WOW – thanks for your interest – we sold out fast! Please send an email if you would like to be added to the wait list.
Women in the wine world is not so uncommon as in the recent past, but we still think it is worthwhile dedicating a dinner to wines (and FOOD!) produced by women.
Kate Romane (chef and owner of e2) agreed to produce a tasty meal for us that will (if our plans work out as intended) match our array of women produced vino.
Join us Wednesday, November 18th at 6:30pm sharp for a family-style-dinner-extravaganza with wines created by women from around the world!
- Sparkler – Domaine Ste Michelle Brut NV
- Rose – Chateau d’Or et de Gueules Rose les Cimels 2014
- White – Yalumba Y Series Viognier Southeastern Australia 2014
- Red – Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2009
- Red – Mas Carlot Costieres de Nimes Cuvee Tradition Rouge 2013
All to go with this fabulous menu
- Smoked paprika braised beef
- Sautéed winter cabbage and hot peppers
- Saffron basmati with roasted red onion , almonds and parsley
- Local green salad with roncal, pepitas and white currant vinaigrette
Thank you for your interest in the dinner. We are currently at capacity. Please email if you would like us to add you to the wait list.
Tour della Toscana! Translated (not literally) this means we are wrapping up our three part regional Italian dinner series with TUSCANY!
Kate Romane (chef and owner of e2) spent several weeks in Italy last fall attending the world-famous Terra Madre Food Conference and traveling the country. One of the most famous wine and food regions in the world, we look forward to tasting some super Tuscan (and Super-Tuscan) wines with Chef Kate Romane’s Central Italian culinary creations.
Join us April 15th at 6:30pm sharp for a super-authentic-tasty-family-style-dinner-extravaganza with wines of the region!
- Sparkler – Veglio Re Della Notte Extra Dry NV
- White – we have to keep something as a surprise!
- Red – Coli Villa Montignana Chianti Classico Riserva Tuscany 2009
- Red – Contucci Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009
- Red – Vecchia Cantina di Montepulciano Super Tuscan Orbaio Redi Argo et Non Briareo 2009
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NEXT EVENT… Sunday, May 17th for a full tour of Italy
Thank you for your interest in this dinner – it has sold out. Please send an email if you would like to be added to the wait list.
Next up in our gastronomic tour of Italy is Sicily!
Kate Romane (chef and owner of e2) spent several weeks in Italy last fall attending the world-famous Terra Madre Food Conference and traveling the country – this trip included time on the Island of Sicily. Fortunately for us, Kate Romane learned some new Sicilian recipes and is willing to share them with us. To help make our Sicilian meal more realistic, we needed to add some WINE! Helping us with this (difficult but tasty) task is Marco Scapagnini, wine importer and director of IWG and NicheItaly Tours. Marco imports a number of award winning Sicilian wines that will make our dinner absolutely authentic and tasty!
Join us March 18th at 6:30pm sharp for a super-authentic-tasty-family-style-dinner-extravaganza with wines of the region!
- Firriato Sabbie dell’Etna Bianco DOC 2013
- Domodimonti Pecorino Li Coste DOCG 2013
- Firriato Sabbie dell’Etna Rosso DOC 2012
- Firriato Santagostino Nero D’Avola/Syrah 2011 Top 100 WS
- Domodimonti Il Messia Montepulciano/Merlot 2010
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NEXT IN THE SERIES
4/15 – Central Italy
Thanks for your interest. We are sold out. Please send an email if you would like to be added to the wait list.
Word association: Italian Food, Italian Wine, e2… I bet nearly everyone on this list immediately thought of DINNER!!!
Yes, that’s right. Kate Romane (chef and owner of e2) spent several weeks in Turin, Italy last fall attending the world-famous Terra Madre Food Conference. And you KNOW she exchanged recipes and concepts with tons of Italian chefs – and returned to Pittsburgh with a desire to try out her newly acquired, highly authentic Italian regional recipes – so we’re game right?!?!? We’ll do three dinners over the next three months each featuring a different region – starting in THE NORTH!
Join us February 18th at 6:30pm sharp for a super-authentic-tasty-family-style-dinner-extravaganza with wines of the region! After some research and combing the state stores for Piedmontese wines, some are unrated, but tasted in advance, others were rewarded 94 points by famous reviewers – you be the judge… here they are:
- Sparkler Veglio Re Della Notte Extra Dry NV Piedmont (no kidding, a sparkler from Piedmont!)
- Arneis Monchiero Carbone Roero Arneis ReCit 2013 Piedmont
- Gavi di Gavi Masseria dei Carmelitani 2013 Piedmont
- Barbera Vietti Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne 2012 Piedmont
- Barolo Bel Colle 2010 Piedmont
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE REST OF THE SERIES
3/18 – Sicily
4/15 – Central Italy