Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thursday Sips & Nibbles

I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I briefly mention some interesting wine and food items that I have encountered recently.

1) With the arrival of fall comes Chef Anthony Caturano’s newest series of Gravy Sundays at Prezza in the North End. This October, Chef Caturano will add in a weekly special to join Gravy Sundays’ carte du jour of: Pork Ribs braised in garlicky tomato and basil ($12); Chicken Parmigiano, tagliatelle and San Marzano tomatoes ($24); Meatballs and Sausage, creamy polenta and tomato ($24); Hand Made Potato Gnocchi and San Marzano tomatoes with basil ($18).

October “Gravy Sunday” Specials:
October 3: Tripe Parmigiano ($8)
October 10: Shrimp Scampi ($14)
October 17: Tagliatelle with oregano, clams and tomato sauce ($14)
October 24: Eggplant stuffed with goat cheese and lamb ragout ($12)
October 31: Garlic bread ($4)

WHEN: Sundays beginning at 5:30pm (October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)

2) In celebration of fall, Fleming’s Executive Chef Russell Skall has created an innovative 3-course dinner inspired by the vibrant flavors of the season. The new Fall Prix Fixe menu offers the choice of appetizer, two entrées and dessert. To take the guesswork out of the dining experience, Director of Wine Marian Jansen op de Haar provides paired wine selections for each entree.

-choice of-
Oysters Rockefeller
or Autumn Salad

-choice of-
Veal Osso Bucco (Veal shank served on creamy risotto with roasted seasonal vegetables)
Suggested wine: Masi, Veneto Campofiorin Italy, 2006/2007

Cioppino (Shrimp, sea bass, clams and black mussels in a spicy tomato broth, served with a toasted sourdough crouton)
Suggested wine: Von Buhl, Riesling Pfalz Medium-Dry Jazz Germany, 2008

Dessert: Dark Chocolate Cheesecake served on crème anglaise, topped with rich chocolate sauce
Suggested wine: Renwood, Zinfandel Amador County Amador Ice, 2008

WHEN: Available September 28th, 2010 through January 3rd, 2011

COST: $39.95 per person (tax, gratuity, and suggested wines not included)

3) On Tuesday, October 5th, The Beehive presents “Oktoberfest Die Beehive,” in association with the Goethe-Institut of Boston, the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. The event will feature German Food and Beer specials, as well as entertainment by the Bavarian Hofbrau Band. Pass a mug of ice cold Harpoon Beer as you enjoy the evening with Executive Chef Rebecca Newell’s traditional Bavarian fare with specials such as: German Sausages ($20.00) and House Roast Pork Knuckle ($24.00) both served with Sauerkraut and potatoes. Not in the mood for dinner? Join the Beehive at 8pm when the band starts and enjoy your ice cold beer with The Beehive's oven fresh pretzels. So dust off your Dirndl and lederhosen and come celebrate!

WHEN: October 5, Doors/Dinner: 5pm; Live Music 8pm-12am

COST: No cover charge, cash bar, Dinner reservations recommended.

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