A slew of dinner-and-drink pairings will be happening over the next few months. A few of them:
At Daniel’s Broiler, winemaker dinners – each one starts with a seminar by a featured local winemaker, and ends with a five-course dinner matched with wines – are running all year long, February 18 to December 2. This month, the Bellevue location hosts, and the featured vino comes from Vashon Island’s Andrew Will Winery. $125 per person.
Casual Volunteer Park Café on Capitol Hill is hosting monthly winemaker dinners throughout 2009. This month, Chef Erika Burke is teaming up with Oregon winery JK Carriere – perhaps best known for his classic Oregon Pinot Noir – to eat and talk wine. The event’s on February 21 at 7pm, and costs $95. The menu for the merry family-style meal, served at a communal table, includes Dungeness crab gnocchi with chervil butter sauce, pan seared duck breast with an anise sour cherry compote, and an almond pear tart for dessert.
The Capital Grille is serving up five-course Italian-themed dinners for only $49 each (plus wine), from February 23-April 5. The menu includes swordfish roasted with white wine, roasted tomatoes, olives, and capers; an herb-marinated, dry-aged tenderloin; and black truffle mac‘n cheese. It’s all in honor of Tuscan winemaker Castello Banfi, who’s partnering with the Grille for the stateside debut of his 2005 Belnero (“dark beauty” in Italian) Sangiovese di Montalcino wine.