Tuesday, October 18, 2011

If You Like Food and Wine ...

You're in the right place. If you don't like food and wine, well I'm not sure what you're doing here. With Miami Spice season concluded, those of you who do like food and wine may be wondering how to spend your dining dollars. Some local restaurants have a few ideas: as if it to make up for two months of serving $35 three-course dinners, several places are now rolling out some higher-end dining propositions. Here are some upcoming wine-themed dinners, including a couple for tonight that may still have seats available:

October 18: Domain Lucien Albrecht Dinner at db Bistro Moderne:

Chef Jerrod Verbiak will be cooking a four course dinner (no menu posted), paired with eight of Alsatian vintner Domaine Lucien Albrecht 's wines. Domaine Lucien Albrecht's owner Marie Albrecht will host. Reception at 6:30pm, dinner starts at 7:00pm, spots are $150 per person including tax and gratuity. Sign up here.

db Bistro Moderne
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami

October 18: Spain: A Wine Dinner at Charlotte:

Chef Elida Villaroel closed down her charming Charlotte Bistro over the summer, revamped, and recently reopened. To help kick off the reopening, she's hosting a Spanish-themed wine dinner at the restaurant together with Sunset Corners. The lineup:

1+1=3 Cava Brut (D.O. Cava)

King Crab Risotto with truffle emulsion and micro-greens
Abadel Picapoll 2008 (D.O. Pla de Bages)

Grouper with celery root puree and a lemongrass veloute
Becquer Tinto 2008 (D.O. Ca. Rioja)

Magret de Canard with a fruit chutney and finished with a balsamic pomegranate emulsion
Luna Beberide "Finca la Cuesta" 2008 (D.O. Bierzo)

Lamb Shank with red wine au jus and fennel salami finished with fine herbs and cacao beans
Finca Torremilanos, Torre Albeniz Reserva 2006 (D.O. Ribera del Duero)

Moelleux au Chocolat with Grand Marnier creme anglaise

Dinner starts at 7:00pm, price is $69 per person plus tax and gratuity. Contact the restaurant for a reservation.

264 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

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November 8: Alba White Truffle Dinner at Sardinia Ristorante

Fall starts the truffle season, and Sardinia Ristorante is doing it up with white truffles from Alba and wines from Piemonte's Beni di Batasiolo. The menu:

First Course (choice of):
Poached quail eggs asparagus tips bruschetta
Organic egg in cocotte Langhe style
Gavi Granée

Second Course (choice of):
Filet mignon carpaccio with paper thin baby artichokes
Crostone di tartara di manzo
Barbera d'Alba Sovrana 2008

Third Course (choice of):
Tagliolini al burro e salvia
Risotto Piemontese
Barbaresco 2006

Fourth Course (choice of):
Scallopine al Gavi with asparagus
Medaglioni di vitella con robiola del Langhe
Barolo 2006
Barolo Vigneto Cerequio 2004

Selection of house desserts
Moscato d'Asti dla rei 2010

Dinner starts at 8:00pm and is $150 plus tax and tip. Contact the restaurant for a reservation.

Sardinia Ristorante
1801 Purdy Avenue, Miami Beach

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