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This Week at Good Eats – October 23, 2014

Hi,

Hmm, cold, rainy, windy, … is that the siren call of the fried oyster? It is here this week-end, nice fat Chesapeake Selects. Also on the menu now are hanger steaks with Caramel-Horseradish sauce, grilled tuna with an Orange Dipping sauce, Scallops Sublime, pork rib-eyes, flounder and Henny Penny. Reservations are made by calling 804-472-4385.

Only one wine offered as the Wine of the Week. We were given an amazing deal on a California pinot noir and we’re passing it along until next Wednesday. Pine Ridge Winery from the Napa Valley has a side project called “Forefront”, for which they source high-quality grapes from other growers. Through next Wednesday afternoon, we are offering the 2012 Forefront Pinot Noir for $160.00 by the case of 12. If you’re into buying wine by the case, do your homework on our friend the internet, and you will quickly see just how good of a deal this is. Couldn’t be easier; reply to this mail, we will email you a secure invoice to which you enter your credit card info and send it back; next Thursday your order will be here waiting in our climate-controlled storage area, from which you pick it up at your convenience.

Next wine dinner is Thursday, November 6th. The theme is Southern Hemisphere wines, by which is meant South America, Australia and New Zealand, and South Africa. All these regions make world-class whites, and as soon as I told Matt from Country Vintner about the theme he sent info on 91-92 point reds in the right price range. The dinner is four courses of food and wine pairings for $55 a person. For a reservation either call Good Eats or reply via email.

Next week will bring news of classes at the School of Good Eats, but until then, this is all the good food news. Thank you for your strong support and

We hope to see you.

 


This Week at Good Eats – October 16, 2014

Hi,

Good news, just a short note today, ha, getting ready to roll out the chocolate fettuccine for tonight’s Italian wine dinner.

Our menu this week will strongly resemble last weeks (click here). Entrees will be Scallops Sublime,  flounder, hanger steaks, grilled tuna, pork rib-eye and Henny Penny. Reservations are made by calling 804-472-4385.

The wines of the week are from California’s justly famous Duckhorn Winery. “Decoy” is their 2nd label, and we have just been given access to a very good deal, so until next Wednesday the “Decoy” Cabernet Sauvignon is on sale for $210.00 for a case of 12, and their Chardonnay for $193.00. If this interests you either call the number above or reply to this mail.

Thank you all for such strong support and

We hope to see you.


This Week at Good Eats – October 9, 2014

Hi,

Oh my goodness, what beautiful days this October is bringing us, hope you’re able to enjoy them. And then there are those cool nights, turning our thoughts to Oysters Nomini, the Mo’ Bettah Kale Greens Soup, and the Winter Salad, with its’ pecans, dried cranberries and Peanut Dressing. To which we say, C’mon down, we have all those good dishes on the menu now. As well as Scallops Sublime, Hanger Steaks with Portabella Mushroom Sauce, Flounder topped with Spinach, Bacon and Oysters, Grilled Tuna with Wasabi Butter, the Pork Rib-eye with tomatoes, butter beans, corn and a cheese glaze, and Henny Penny. If you wish, reservations are made by calling 804-472-4385 but walk-ins are also welcome.

Our wines of the week are both from California, fit nicely into upcoming holiday planning, and are both exceptional deals. The Caymus Conundrum White is a justly famous blend, delicious on its own but with enough acidity to also hold its own with food. Our deal this week: $185 for a case of 12. If you’d like to put an exceptional pinot noir into your cellar, this week we offer the Talbott “Sleepy Hollow” Pinot Noir for the exceptional price of $260, again for a case of 12. If you’re interested, reply to this mail and we will send you a secure invoice for your credit card info; your wine will be available for pick-up here next Thursday after 4:00pm. We also have climate-controlled storage available to hold your wine until you are in the area.

There are still a few seats available for the Italian wine dinner next Thursday, Oct. 16th. We start at 6:30, 4 courses of food and wine pairings, and the cost is $55 per person. Except for choosing garniture the menu is finished, a selection of fine Italian wines is in hand for final pairing and maybe ’nuff said, Stevie’s happy. Reserve your place by reply to this mail or call Good Eats.

That’s this week, thank you for your strong support, and

We hope to see you.


This Week at Good Eats – September 25, 2014

Hi,

Taking a little break here from making all the food for tonight’s Spanish wine dinner to let you know that our soup for this week is Cream of Curried White Sweet Potatoes with feta and cilantro. Entrees are Scallops Sublime, Hanger Steak with Portabella Mushroom Sauce, Pork Rib-eye with tomatoes, butter beans, corn and a cheese glaze, Flounder with Buttered Backfin Crabmeat, Grilled Tuna with Wasabi Butter and Pickled Ginger and Henny Penny. Reservations can be made by calling 804-472-4385.

Having mentioned wine dinners, our next dinner will be held on Oct.16th and the theme will be Eataly, ha, and Italian wines.

The Wine of the Week special will feature two total over-achievers. A number of you have discovered the charms of the first, the Cercius Cotes de Rhone, full of luscious fruit flavors in a well structured style. The other is what just might be the best white wine under $20 for the full range of Chesapeake seafood, the Bayten Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa. Both wines retail at SpunTino for $17.99; the deal this week for both wines will be $170 for a case of 12. Call or reply with your credit card number before next Wednesday at 3:00 and your wine will be here the next day.

Lastly, on Saturday,October 11th at 10:30am there will be a cooking class here at Good Eats. The title is “Elegant Brown Sauces”, and the class will demonstrate how to make delicious sauces that mimic the flavor and mouth-feel of sauces made with glace de viande, without the roasting of bones and the 16 hours of simmering it usually takes to make the glace. Same deal, call or reply to secure your place, what’s different is that class size is limited, so if you’re interested …

That’s the good food news for this week. Thank you so much for your strong support and

We hope to see you.


This Week at Good Eats – September 18, 2014

Hi,

Our soup for this week is Cream of Curried White Sweet Potatoes. Entrees are Scallops Sublime, Hanger Steak with Portabella Mushroom Sauce, Pork Rib-eye with tomatoes, butter beans, corn and a cheese glaze, Flounder with Buttered Backfin Crabmeat, Grilled Tuna with Wasabi Butter and Pickled Ginger and Henny Penny. Reservations can be made by calling 804-472-4385.

Our wine dinner set for next Thursday, Sept 25th, is coming together beautifully. It quickly became apparent that this should be a Spanish wine dinner, because of the amazing wines from Spain that have suddenly become available. (Robert Parker gave 92 points to one of them, the other is a Rioja Reserva, a quality usually priced out of our range). The menu has not been finalized yet, but the first course with involve crab paired with cava named “biutiful”, made to emulate the qualities of Champagne, the main course is tenderloin of beef (with the Rioja Reserva) and we’re researching sherries to match with a chocolate dessert, a dacquoise with ganache souffle, which translates to meringue with ground nut layers, filled with rich chocolate and topped with a different rich chocolate. The dinner starts at 6:30, is 4 courses of food and wine pairings, and costs $55 per person. Reservations again are made by calling 804-472-3485.

Well the “Wine of the Week” launched quite nicely, and here are this weeks selections.

2010 Casey Flats Ranch Open Range Red, which we paired with duck breast and peach for the California wine dinner, (but delicious with just about anything, or nothing) usually at SpunTino for $15.99 a bottle, on special this week by the case of 12 for $158.00.

Also, Cartlidge and Browne Chardonnay from the North Coast area of California. This is a supple, elegant chardonnay which retails at SpunTino for $14.99, by the case of 12 until next Wednesday for $137.00.

Since this is a new thing we’re doing, here’s the explanation pasted in from last week. The “week” starts on Thursday (today) and ends the next Wednesday at 3pm. You can order either by email, phone, or in person.  If you order through email we need to be able to call you back for the credit card information because email is not secure. Your wine will be available for pickup on the next day, Thursday after 2pm. If you are a part-timer in the area and would like to take advantage of these deals we have a climate-controlled room to store your wine until you can pick it up. And that’s it, simple and sweet. Oh wait, one more thing, if you’d like to try our specials before committing to buying a case, we will have tastes available at SpunTino.

That’s the good food news for this week, thanks always for your strong support and,

We hope to see you.


This Week at Good Eats – September 11, 2014

Hi,

Lots to talk about this week and so, for those of you on a time crunch, we’ll cover the menu first thing. The soup will be Cream of Curried Sweet Potato, then entrees are Henny Penny, Scallops Sublime, a dish we wrote about last year, Grilled Pork Rib-eye “Serendipity” with marinated tomatoes, butter beans and corn, topped with a cheese glaze, Tuna with a Preserved Lemon Aioli, Flounder topped with Buttered Backfin Crabmeat, and Hanger Steak with Caramelized Onions and Bordelaise Sauce. The hanger steak dish comes directly from last Saturdays French Wine Dinner, and will be good with any number of the red wines on our list. In developing this dish for the wine dinner, I figured out how to give body and substance to the classic brown sauces without the expense and hassle of roasting bones and making a 16 hour glace de viande as the first step. Now I’m on a mission.

Speaking of wine dinners, Thursday, Sept. 25th is the date of the next one. No theme or menu yet, will address that next week, but here’s what we do know. 4 courses of food and wine pairings for $55 a person, the start time is 6:30, and the Mistress of Ceremonies pouring and explaining the wines will be our old friend Dorie Spaven. Reservations for both this week-end and the wine dinner can be made by calling Good Eats at 804-472-4385.

We have changed our hours of operation at SpunTino. It’s a silly reason I suppose, but we are mostly dependent on the sun to light that space, and so until the lights and fans go in, we will be operating there from Noon – 5:00pm, Wednesday – Saturday.
This week is the start of something new at SpunTino. A number of you have commented on how inexpensively we price the same wines you have bought elsewhere for more. That will continue, of course, and now we are going to add to it. We are starting a “Wines of the Week” feature, in which we will offer 1 white wine and 1 red wine, by the case of 12 only, at great deals. To start, let’s offer everyone’s favorite, Meiomi Pinot Noir. Everyday retail at SpunTino is $17.99 a bottle, this week by the case for $186.00. And the Nals Margried Pinot Grigio, retail by the bottle for $14.99, this week $152.00 for the case. OK, so how do these deals work? The “week” starts on Thursday (today) and ends the next Wednesday at 3pm. You can order either by email, phone, or in person.  If you order through email we need to be able to call you back for the credit card information because email is not secure. Your wine will be available for pickup on the next day, Thursday after 2pm. If you are a part-timer in the area and would like to take advantage of these deals we have room to store your wine until you can pick it up. And that’s it, simple and sweet. Oh wait, one more thing, if you’d like to try our specials before committing to buying a case, we will have tastes available at SpunTino. (see new hours above)

That’s the food news this week, thanks always for your great support and

We hope to see you.


This Week at Good Eats – August 28, 2014 (Also open Sunday)

Hi,

Welcome to Labor Day week-end!

In honor of the holiday we’ll be laboring; both Good Eats Cafe and Spuntino will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you’re in the area we’ll have lots of delicious choices for your meal-time pleasure. On the menu at Good Eats is Fantasticks, Summer Risotto with Soft Shell Crabs, Scallops Sublime, Flounder topped with Buttered Backfin Crabmeat, Grilled Pork Rib-eye with Honeyed Peaches and Watermelon, and Crab Pasta. Reservations are made by calling 804-472-4385.

And then, at the close of business Sunday night, we go on vacation, our annual Fall break. All next week everything on the property will be closed as we rest up and turn our attention to the autumn season. All closed up to all except those who are into wine dinners.

On Saturday Sept 6, we will be presenting a French wine dinner. We rarely get to do these dinners on Saturday nights, so we are pulling out all the stops for this one. The simple version of the menu looks like this:

Galette of late-summer vegetables

Consomme of Shellfish

Stuffed Roulades of Flounder

Grilled Hanger Steak Bordelaise

Paris-Brest
(which is a show-stopper dessert based on pate aux choux)

The matching wines are still to be determined, but Matt Leader from the Country Vintner will be here to explain and serve the final choices. The evening starts at 6:30, is 5 courses with matching wines, and the cost is $65 per person. If you’d like to attend you can either call Good Eats or reply to this mail.

That’s the good food news this week, thank you for your strong support and

We hope to see you.


This Week at Good Eats – August 21, 2014

Hi,

Time to take a little break from making peach reduction and rolling out pate brisee for the cheese tarts for tonight’s wine dinner. For those of you who wish you could attend one of these events but are not in the area or otherwise available on Thursdays, our next wine dinner will be held on Saturday Sept. 6, made possible because Good Eats and SpunTino will otherwise be closed for the 9 days following Labor Day, our annual fall break. The theme of that dinner will be French wine, five courses of pairings for $65. Reservations can be made either by email or by calling Good Eats at 804-472-4385. The menu will be announced next week.

More news about next week will follow in the next paragraph. First though, here’s what will be on the menu this week: Flounder with Buttered Backfin Crabmeat, a new dish, Grilled Pork Rib-eye with Honeyed Peaches and Watermelon (my practice dish for tonight’s Peach Reduction; nailed it last Saturday!), Hanger Steak with Portabella Mushroom Sauce, as well as Crab Pasta, Scallops Sublime and the Summer Risotto with Soft Shell Crabs (and heirloom toms, butter beans and corn). Call that same number above for dinner reservations.

Good Eats will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights for Labor Day week-end, and SpunTino will be open Wed – Sunday as well. Maybe we’ll do a “best of the summer” compilation for that menu.

Ok, back to work. Thank you always for your strong support and

We hope to see you.