Archive for March, 2012
If you asked your average American for their opinion on Portuguese wines, the most common response would likely be “Ooh, I love Spanish wine!” (The average American is pretty dumb.) Then again, even the more worldly and wine-savvy among us would probably counter with something like “Well, there’s Vino Verde…then of course you have Port, aaaand….man, how ’bout them Spanish wines, huh?”
Shocking when you consider that Portugal is home to THE OLDEST WINE REGION IN THE WORLD (the Douro valley). A region that this guy calls home.
This is Miguel Roquette. As owner of the Douro region’s acclaimed Quinta do Crasto winery, Miguel oversees vineyards that date back to the early 1600s. You can enjoy his flagship wine every day at Secco AND, on Tuesday, March 27th, you can meet the man in person! We’ll be pouring a slew of wines from the Quinta do Crasto portfolio and offering special snacks to pair with them. Miguel will be hanging out from 7-9PM, happy to chat about the history, process and inspiration behind his wines. No reservations, no set schedule — just your average chill Tuesday night with a handsome Portuguese winemaker.
Admit it, even with the adorable, irresistible, half-drunk come-ons of Anthony Bourdain tempting us to sample the floating food markets of Bangkok, we Richmonders have a little frisson when it comes to the sort of food where a stranger’s lips on our eating utensils are only separated from ours by a barrier of tepid river water. Yeah. My inner germaphobe just died a little, too.
So how awesome would it be if a few trusted chef-friends in a health department-approved kitchen riffed on their favorite street foods from the Med, Middle East & Latin America, while another trusted friend, a self-described alchoholiste, paired these creations with thirst-quenching beer, cider & wine? It would be more than awesome!
The International Street Food Dinner
featuring chefs from Secco Wine Bar, Pasture, The Empress and Spoon
Tuesday, 3/13/12 @ Secco Wine Bar (6:30pm reception, 7pm dinner)
$65 per person including pairings
(Rachel Lauginiger – Secco)
house-made pretzel & beer mustard
(Mike Braune – Secco)
manouche zaatar* with 3 condiments: mint yogurt, stewed tomatoes & olive tapenade
* Lebanese flatbread topped with a blend of dried thyme, dried sumac & sesame seeds
(Joe Sparatta – Pasture)
black-eyed pea falafel, tzatziki sauce*, pickles & dill
*Greek/Turkish yogurt sauce with cucumber, garlic & fresh herbs
(Aaron Hoskins – The Empress)
sopes* with braised beef tongue, yucca root, cilantro, crema
*traditional Mexican soft, thick corn tortilla
(Tim Bereika – Secco)
porchetta*, roasted sunchokes, pickled hazelnuts, creamy onions
*an Italian street food specialty of stuffed & roasted suckling pig
(John Maher – Spoon)
“dessert poutine*” of funnel cake “frites,” fromage blanc ice cream & cocoa nib “gravy”
*a sweet take on the infamous Quebecois dish of French fries, cheese curds & brown gravy
Email us firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.