RI Selects: Beer & Wine Dinners
Andrew Rich, the Berkshire born-and-bred winemaker who now lives in Oregon, is coming home to host a five-course wine dinner at Chez Nous in Lee, which has one of the best kitchens in the Berkshires. The prix-fixe menu features a pan-seared scallop with lobster saboyan; celery root and apple soup; ballotine of chicken with morels; braised petit lamb shank with garlic sausage; spiced pear souffle with chocolate sauce. All five of the Andrew Rich wines served at dinner will be on sale at Nejaime’s for the month of January, including the Tabula Rasa White 2007 ($14.99, regularly $18) and Pinot Noir “Cuvée B” 2007 ($22.99, regularly $28).
Andrew Rich Wine Tasting Dinner, $75
Friday, January 15, at 6:30 p.m.
150 Main Street, Lee, MA; 413.243.6397
Sometimes we forget just how awesome beer is with so many different foods, and the folks at Terrapin Restaurant in Rhinbeck have come up with a delicious way to remind us. Collaborating with the Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, which is based in Pleasantville, NY, Terrrapin will be serving a hearty three-course dinner—Highland Farm‘s venison chile; beer braised Hudson Valley Cattle Company short ribs with sweet corn and truffle polenta; espresso stout creme brulee—with three beers with each course.
Captain Lawrence Beer Dinner, $29.95
Monday, January 18 - Thursday, January 21
6426 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY; 845.876.3330
Swoon Kitchenbar has the kind of sophisticated cuisine that calls for a really good bottle of wine, which is why its five-course Sausage & Beer Tasting Dinner sounds so intriguing and appealing. It will feature beers from Cisco Brewers of Nantucket, and housemade sausages by chef/owner Jeff Gimmel.
Sausage & Beer Tasting Dinner, $49.95
Sunday, January 17
340 Warren Street, Hudson, NY; 518.822.8938
Ariane Dauguin, whose father was the chef/owner of the Hotel de France in Auch, Gascony, is the founder of D’Artagan, which has been supplying restaurants with foie gras, duck, beef and game since 1985. She will be the guest chef at Stissing House on January 30, and she and chef/owner Michel Jean will be preparing a thoroughly French-American dinner: smoked duck breast and wild boar; medaillon de foie gras au truffes; chestnut soup with pheasant “Dutournier”; a venison braise with Armagnac, wild mushrooms, basque mountain cheese and truffles.
Game Dinner with Guest Chef Ariane Dauguin
Saturday, January 30
Routes 199 & 82
Pine Plains, NY; 518.398.8800
Red Lion chef Brian Alberg likes nothing more than flexing his culinary muscles and he is going all out for his Winter Doldrums Wine Dinner, which he is co-hosting with sommelier Daniel Thomas. There will be 20 micro courses paired with ten different wines—beginning with oysters/serrano ham and ending with chocolate dome/camembert and quince. The dinner is limited to 20 people. The cost is $200 a person (tax and gratuities included) or $275 if you want to spend the night at the Red Lion (based on double occupancy.)
Winter Doldrums Wine Dinner, $200
Friday, February 26
Red Lion Inn
30 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA; 413.298.5545