Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thursday Sips & Nibbles

I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting wine and food items that are upcoming. **********************************************************
1) On Wednesday, May 7, at 6:30PM, the restaurant community is stepping up once again for a worthy cause. The tasting event, to benefit the families of the fallen firefighters, Lt. Edward Walsh Jr. and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, will feature 25 restaurants from the Boston area. Tastings will be provided by local restaurants including Atlantic Fish Company, Basho, Brasserie Jo (The Colonnade), Capital Grille, Central Wharf Company, Cinquecentro Trattoria of The Aquitane Group, Cold Fusion Gelato, Davio’s, Douzo, Fazenda Coffee Company, Fixx Chocolates, Grill 23, Il Casale, La Morra, Mistral Group, Post 390, Row 34, Stella, Stephanie’s, Sweet Cheeks, Taranta, The Bristol Lounge (The Four Seasons), Top of the Hub and Trade as well as an open bar ($200 per person). A live auction hosted by Billy Costa of KISS 108FM & The DiningPlaybook will be held featuring a few exclusive items.

100% of the money raised will be donated to the families of the fallen heroes. Tickets are required. Please visit via link: to purchase. For more information please email or call 617.357.4810.

WHERE: Davio’s Boston, 75 Arlington Street, Boston
COST: $200 Per Guest (includes open bar)

2) Taberna de Haro, in Brookline, is probably the best Spanish restaurant in the area with an incredible, extensive Spanish wine list. Chef Deborah Hansen is holding an interesting wine seminar on May 6, which I highly recommend you attend.

On Tuesday, May 6, from 7pm-8:30pm, Chef Hansen will present The Wines of Pares Balta. In Penedés, there is a winery owned by two brothers, Joan and Josep Cuisiné. Each married talented women who are oenologists, named Maria Elena Jimenez and Marta Casas. Together they are the force and passion behind Pares Balta, an organic winery dedicated since 1790 to making wines that express each of the 5 distinct vineyards on their land. Export Manager Oriol Bargallo will be at the seminar to discuss the personalities of 6 Pares Balta wines. I have visited this winery before and was thoroughly impressed with their operation and wines.

The Menu includes:
Pares Balta Cava Brut NV
Pan tumaquet amb salmon - Rustic tomato bread w smoked salmon, ramp relish
Blanc de Pacs 2012
Calcari Xarel-lo 2012
Coca de recapta - Spring vegetable pastry garnished w anchovy
Ros de Pacs 2013 rosat
Calçots - Grilled green onions w romescu
Mas Petit 2010
Mas Elena 2011
Lomo adobado sobre escalivada - marinated ppork loin over roasted Mediterranean vegetables

Cost: $55 per person, plus tax and gratuity
Reservation and pre-payment required by calling 617-277- 8272

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