The dishwasher being away this weekend for a wedding wasn’t going to be a big deal, but when my lead cook let me know that she had hurt her foot moving furniture, and that the doctor had told her no work for a week, it quickly dawned that it is not possible for me to do all the cooking necessary to open Good Eats, and so, the Cafe will NOT be open this Friday and Saturday. BUT …
In an effort to make lemonade out of this situation, Jim and I have put together a 5-course wine dinner that we are going to host at SpunTino at 6:30pm both Friday and Saturday this weekend only. The menu is below; the cost is $65 per person and if you would like to attend you should make a reservation by calling 804-472-4385. Good food paired with good wine; the beef tenderloin course is paired with Vina Herminia Rioja Excelsus, named by Wine Spectator magazine as the 39th best wine released in 2013! And we know this is very late notice; think “pop-up” lemonade stand, ha.
Deep in last weeks email we announced that the School of Good Eats was going to resume teaching the recipes and techniques we use in making our food. The first class will begin on Wednesday July 23 from 3:00 – 5:00pm and the subject is Summer Soups. This is a four-part series, held on consecutive Wednesdays, and among others, will feature Corn and Crab Chowder, Watermelon Gazpacho, and Chilled Cucumber Soup. Each class also features a selection of wines to taste with that days soup(s). The cost is $35 a session for a total of $140. Class size is purposely kept small to ensure real learning; to secure your spot in the class call Good Eats with your credit card information.
For those of you who took the summer soups class last year, on Thursday, July 31, we will start a new series, also focused on summer soups, but with new and different recipes and techniques. Same format, but four consecutive Thursdays, also held from 3:00 – 5:00pm, and the cost is also the same. Still working on just which soups will be featured (tain’t easy staying ahead of these folks) but for sure two versions of gazpacho, Vichyssoise, and a Thai Chicken Soup with kaffir lime leaves. If you’re interested call to secure your place.
Also mentioned last week was the possibility of an evening class that would begin at 6:30pm, probably on Wednesdays. If that would interest you please reply to this mail; enough interest and we’ll make it happen.
That’s the news this week, sorry to disappoint with the Cafe not opening, hoping the wine dinner can make up for that and
We hope to see you at SpunTino.
Wine Dinner July 11 – 12 6:30pm
$65 per person
Roulade of Prosciutto and Mozzarella with Balsamic Vinegar Jelly
Francois Montand Sparkling Brut Rose
Grilled Peach and Blue Cheese Salad
Talbott “Kali Hart” Chardonnay
Tarragon-infused Shrimp and Scallops with Cheese Grits
Michel Gassier “Cercius” Cotes de Rhone
Grilled Brochette of Beef Tenderloin with Portabella Mushrooms and Gratineed Potatoes
2009 Vina Herminia Rioja Excelsus
Summer Berries with Sabayon Mousse