Wine and Walnuts

A blog about eating, drinking, cooking and reading in the not so Deep South

Food and Wine Pairing: “Forgotten Grapes” Wine Dinner at Temptations Everyday Gourmet

Temp Hanover Center logoOn Friday March 4 at 7:00 p.m., Temptations Everyday Gourmet in Hanover Center will hold its second “Forgotten Grapes” Wine Dinner.  (Check out pics and info of the first one here.)

It’s big fun. Chris Kern, of Forgotten Grapes, whose tag line is “doing for forgotten grapes what Dancing with the Stars does for forgotten celebrities,” will lead a food and wine pairing dinner focused on little known grapes and varietals that will take you out of your wine-drinking comfort zone.  And it’s done in an informal, entertaining way that’s all about having a great time and a bunch of laughs.  The presentation includes costumes, skits, jokes, and interactive games. (I am not making this up.)

By the end of the dinner, you’ll have learned a lot, and maybe even discovered a wine or two you never thought you could love – like I did at the last Forgotten Grapes dinner.  (My discovery: Marenco Pineto Brachetto d’Acqui – a light-hearted and fun dessert wine. It’s like Welch’s Grape Juice, but with bubbles and alcohol. Charming.)

Not to mention, you’ll get to enjoy 5 terrific courses of chef-created dishes made especially for pairing with each of the wines, courtesy of Temptations Executive Chef Michael Comer, and Chef de Cuisine Virginia Thompson.

The menu will include the following wines and course pairings:

Strawberry Carpaccio with Fresh Local Goat Feta Cheese & Field Greens paired with Sauvion Vouvray, Loire Valley, France

Thai Coconut Curry Shrimp Soup paired with Loredona Vineyards Viognier, Lodi, California

Roasted Quail Breast with Blood Orange Beaujolais Reduction Sauce and Smokey Greens paired with Georges Duboeuf Gamay, Brouilly, France

Venison with Mole Sauce, Sweet Potato Puree & Fried Onion Straws paired with Francis Coppola Alicante Bouschet, California

Key Lime Crème Brulée paired with Ortonese Malvasia, Colline Teatine, Italy

Admission is $75 per person (including tax but not gratuity), which includes generous pours of all five Forgotten Grape wines, the two-hour show, and the five paired dinner courses created by Chefs Comer and Thompson. Reservations are extremely limited. You can make reservations now by calling Temptations directly at (910) 763-6662. Temptations Everyday Gourmet is located in Hanover Center at 3501 Oleander Drive.

Cheers and Bon Appetit!

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Propeller
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Twitthis

About The Author

Kimberly Houston


Leave a Reply