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ALS Benefit for Hollister Lindley and Julia Child Birthday week.

Hollister benefit

Monday, August 11th 6-9pm: Benefit party for Hollister Lindley. Join us for a cocktail party kicking off Julia Child week in honor of our favorite 6-foot tall redhead, the inimitable Hollister Lindley. Hollister-inspired heavy hors d’douevres (5-7 courses) plus wine pairings. $100 per person all-inclusive, 50% of which is a tax-deductable donation to the Richard R. Dart ALS Clinic at the University of Virginia.

Tuesday, August 12th-Sunday, August 17th: WWJD? Our 3rd annual salute to Julia Child. Chef Mike offers three dishes a la carte from Mastering the Art of French Cooking, paired with three French wines selected by “the other Julia” (available by the glass or as a flight). Dishes and wine pairings are available 3-10pm daily, and the proceeds will go to the Dart ALS clinic in Hollister’s name.


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Mulit-Chef Tomato Dinner Thursday July 31st 6:30PM-9PM

Secco executive chef Mike Braune welcomes

Adam Hall of  Saison
Brittany Anderson of  Metzger
Jason Lucy of Lucy’s
Bryan McClure of Pasture

For a celebration of the most beloved of Summer’s offerings, the tomato!

5 courses + wine pairings!

$70 (all inclusive)


1st course (Mike Braune of Secco Wine Bar)
grilled peaches, marinated tomatoes, blue cheese, basil, verjus

2nd course (Adam Hall of Saison)
frog-huitlacoche sausage, pickled okra & tomato, harissa

3rd course (Brittany Anderson of Metzger)
tomato oil-poached halibut, summer vegetable tian, charred tomato vinaigrette, nasturtium

4th course (Jason Lucy of Lucy’s)
braised Monrovia Farms oxtail, tomato demi glacé, cauliflower & potato purée, tomato concasse

5th course (Bryan McClure of Pasture)
yellow tomato cake, candied tomato, sweet corn, lime, mint


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image courtesy of Feast!

image courtesy of Feast!

That’s right,– we’re getting the band back together for one night only!

Join Sara Aducci–River City Cellars Cheese Monger Emeritus– and Julia as they taste through American artisanal cheeses paired with classic French wines (it’s right after Bastille Day after all).

Be sure to congratulate Sara on her placing as a finalist in the 5th Cheesemongers Invitational last weekend in NYC! She crushed it!

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Riesling Class Tuesday June 24 6pm-7:30pm

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Riesling Class Tuesday June 24th 6pm-7:30PM $35

Attention Army of AcidHounds!

It is with unbridled excitement, nay, a veritable St. Vitus’ Dance of euphoria, that we announce THE SUMMER OF RIESLING VII! Starting Saturday, June 21st, we kick off 94 days of celebration of The Most Noble Grape. From dry to sweet, bubbly to sticky, always racy & provocative, we are freaking crazy for all things Riesling! We know you are, too–or will be with our special brand of proselytizing. (Special in that it involves drinking rather than sermons.) Starting Saturday we’ll have ten Rieslings from available by the glass, Riesling Flights & pairings all summer long! In addition we’ll kick things off Tuesday, June 24th with a Riesling Class 6-7:30 taught by David Witkowsky of Potomac Selections–come taste & learn about a wild variety of this most food-friendly of grapes from Germany, Austria & France. Also there will be swag (who doesn’t want a temporary RIESLING tattoo???)

Tickets available  here:


Sadly the awesome folks at Terroir NYC (the organizers of this international event) have announced this is the last SoR, so let’s go out with a bang!

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Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for…

Thursday, June 5th, 5:30-10:00pm:


Please join us Thursday, June 5th, as our pink-clad posse marches through the streets of the Museum District and Carytown to sample dozens of roses and special snacks prepared by our like-minded pink-pushers!

The scope of this crawl is a “bit” more ambitious this year* than last, so we are posting times at each stop if you’d prefer to truncate/personalize your tour. The best part is that this year we will finish in The Room at Secco (former River City Cellars space, now our event room) with THIRTEEN roses (for the 2013 vintage) and a special guest DJ. That’s right: Pink Partayyy!

We’ll meet at the Bar at Acacia Midtown at 5:30pm, with bar manager and human extraordinaire Danny McDermott.

Then we’ll make our way north on Boulevard to Amuse at the VMFA at 6:15pm, where we’ll see the inimitable Kali Strain (Style’s State of the Plate’s Favorite Server 2013).


Next up is the lovely Lili & the patio at C-Street in Carytown at 7:30pm for pink drinks with a cool breeze. You will love the people watching here!

8:15–(The Room) SECCO
And…the ULTIMATE stop: The Room at Secco 8:15pm (ish)! Cassie & Virginia will option-paralyze you with THIRTEEN ROSES & delicious little bites, while very special RVA DJ Lightening’s Girl spins sweet sweet vinyl for your recently-limbered limbs!

THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS EVENT (just pay for what you drink).

<<<Timeliness is next to godliness, so Chop Chop!>>>

*Leave your pith helmet behind, but wear comfortable clothes & shoes because your feet are the only part of your body that’ll be working harder than your liver on this rose safari!


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Join us this Tuesday for an amazing night of European ciders paired with Chef Mike’s dishes. We are thrilled to welcome back the super-knowledgeable Ron Fischer of B.United Imports–he’ll guide us through the many varied styles of this ancient beverage, from zippy/dry/tart Basque bubbly to rich and sweet Normandy ice cider. Added bonus? The menu will be entirely gluten-free!

Tickets are $60 per person ALL-INCLUSIVE and available through paypal HERE.

Featured ciders:

Sarasola Sargardoa Sidra
Bright, crazy-tart dry cider from near San Sebastian   

beef tartare, roasted sweet peppers, garlic jus, chives

Baladin Sidro (Piedmont, Italy)
Spontaneous-fermented from apples in a region better known for Barolo
asparagus salad, fromage blanc, basil, lemon

Drouin Poire Cidre (Normandy, France)
Pear cider from second generation of Calvados makers–50-300 year old fruit trees!                                    royal red shrimp, extra virgin olive oil poached fingerlings, bitter lettuces, ramp butter     


Drouin Pays d’Auge (Normandy, France)
AOC apple cider that is insanely complex; all natural, no sulfur added, bottle-aged.
pork belly, spring peas and carrots, walnut-pork jus

Dupont “Givre” Ice Cider (Normandy, France)
Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth you will fall in love with this subtle, elegant ice cider 

apple pave, warm blue d’ auvergne, apple butter, fried almonds




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It’s finally here! Rose season is fully underway with each week’s deliveries increasing our pink ranks. While we are super excited about our upcoming Rose Crawl (Thursday, June 5th, details soon), we are pleased to announce a  Rose Class  with special guest David Witkowsky of Potomac Selections.

We’ll taste a number of roses, from palest delicate salmon to rich & fruity garnet to funky & oxidized styles from all over Europe. Of course they’re all dry but you knew that!

Class is Tuesday, April 29th 6-7:30p in The Room at Secco. Tickets are $35 pp all inclusive and can be purchased here
Last year’s class sold out in days do don’t dally!








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