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.

bagna cauda

Trevisiol Valdobiaddene Prosecco DOCG Non Vintage

tortellini with sage brown butter and hazelnuts

Massimo Rivetti Langhe Rosato 2017

salad with shaved fennel, gorgonzola and olives

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!)
Marchesi Di Barolo, Barolo 2011 (100% Nebiolo, the King of Grapes!)

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).

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.

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!

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. 

Under the Tuscan Sun

Few regions of the world evoke such emotional reactions for so many cultural elements as Tuscany.  While many might quickly think about the stunning landscape, architecture and art – we think about the food and wine!   Kate and Jack recently found themselves in Florence for a week — what better time to share stories while the memories are still fresh?

Tuscany is famous for SO MANY culinary elements that a meal with five courses and five wines is only a start, but we gave it a go thanks to the culinary mastery of Kate Romane and Black Radish Kitchen!

First Course 
focaccia with burrata, speck,  sweet peppers and pea shoots

Contarini Prosecco Superiore Millesimato Valdobbiadene DOCG 2016

Second Course
ricotta ravioli with sage butter and hazelnuts

La Lastra Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2015 Tuscany, Italy
90pts Wine Enthusiast
Colle Massari Vermentino Melacce 2015 Tuscany, Italy
89pts Wine Spectator

Third Course
winter greens with shaved fennel, citrus,red onion, gorgonzola

Fourth Course
rosemary pork tenderloin fried capers, lemon butter & root mash

Mazzei Fonterutoli Chianti Classico DOCG 2012 Tuscany, Italy
92pts Wine Spectator
Altesino Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 Tuscany, Italy
96pts Wine Spectator AND #11 Wine Spectator top 100

Fifth Course
biscotti, mascarpone spice cookies, almond macaroons