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This Week at Good Eats – November 20, 2014

Hi,

Looking over the completed menu for this Saturday nights wine dinner the old brain was reminded of how the local FM radio station (WRAR) lets its listeners know when to stop trying to call in during a contest, interrupting whatever song is playing to announce in a carnie voice, “WE  HAVE  A  WINNER, WE  HAVE  A  WINNER.” Just serendipity I suppose, but in the past week one of the red wines we will be serving was announced by Wine Spectator as one of its top 100 of 2014. Maybe double serendipity because over the last week it became apparent that it made more sense to make the real “Prime Rib of Beef” for the 3rd course instead of the “Prime roast strip loin of beef” that was described. Also on the menu will be a delicious riff on Oysters Rockefeller featuring Chesapeake oysters, a re-purposing of some house-cured bacon into spiced lardons with pappardelle and a mushroom ragu, as well as a “Parfait of Cannoli Cream” for dessert. Leading the festivities will be special guest Karen Hayes, the Virginia rep from Winebow, the importer whose wines from Italy we are showing off. Karen is just back from Italy herself and will lead a spirited discussion of the grapes and wine makers involved. The dinner will begin at 6:30, costs $55 per person for four courses of food and wine pairings, and you can make a reservation by calling Good Eats at 804-472-4385. Next dinner will feature the Winebow selections from Spain and Portugal and will take place Saturday December 6th and then that’s it until the gala dinner we will do for New Years Eve.

The whole property will be closed the week of Thanksgiving, then Spuntino will re-open on Dec. 3 with it’s regular schedule, Wed – Sat, noon – 5pm. The next day, Thursday Dec.4th, at 2pm there will be the first of a series of cooking classes named “Elegant Menus for Entertaining”. On the menu at this first class are two dishes from our last wine dinner, “Ginger-tomato Bread Pudding Salad” and “Shrimp on the Barbie”, shrimp and grits in an easy disguise, which among other things will make you the winner anytime BBQ sauces are compared. On Dec 11th the menu will be a Galette of Autumn Vegetables and Rack of Lamb Chops, flavored with a wonderful Japanese roasting marinade. The December 18th class will demonstrate a Salad of Walnuts, Golden Raisins, Bacon and Blue Cheese and … the Good Eats Prime Rib. The classes are $35 each, call or email to secure your spot, and there is no requirement to sign up for all three, only if you want to. Take a class, be a better cook the rest of your life.

In closing we would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving (and if you’re looking for good wine with turkey swing by SpunTino this week-end where we have many selections across a range of price points) and once again thank you for your strong support. THANK YOU, and

We hope to see you.


This Week at Good Eats – November 13, 2014

Hi,

Shortly after we did the Italian wine dinner back the middle of October we were approached by Winebow, a wine importer/distributor and asked, would you like to work together on a dinner using our wines. Since we were starting a thematic tour of the wines of the Southern Hemisphere the response was, well what do you have from Argentina and Chile? They had some nice things, but as we talked more about how to make the dinner special, it became apparent that Winebows specialties were Italy, Spain and Portugal, and as we tasted more of those wines, that was what would make a dinner special. Having done the previous Italian dinner on a Thursday, which limits participation, it was decided that we would do our collaborative dinner on a Saturday and then we decided to do a second dinner together, our aim being to introduce a new world of amazing wines to the Northern Neck. So get out your calendars, we are going to do an Italian wine dinner on Saturday, November 22 and on Saturday, December 6, we will do another dinner featuring the Winebow portfolio of Spain and Portugal. These dinners will start at 6:30, are four courses of food and wine pairings for $55 a person, and reservations can be made by either email or by calling 804-472-4385. The menu for the Italian dinner is still a work in progress except for the 3rd course which will be what is known as a prime roast strip loin of beef, which is the cut of meat from which NY strip steaks are cut, roast whole like a Good Eats prime rib. Ending the paragraph about our good fortune in meeting Winebow, after the dinner on Dec. 6th, that will be it until the 31st, when we will do a big gala celebrating New Years Eve.

We started out this mail the way we did by way of explaining why this Friday and Saturday are suddenly the last regular week of the 2014 season. Our menu will be similar to that of the past few weeks, with fried oysters, flounder, hanger steaks, pork rib-eye, grilled tuna and Henny Penny. This has been an interesting year for restaurants on the Northern Neck of Virginia and we want to once again say thank you for your great support. And thank you.

The whole property will be closed the week of Thanksgiving, then Spuntino will re-open on Dec. 3 with it’s regular schedule, Wed – Sat, noon – 5pm. The next day, Thursday Dec.3rd at 2pm there will be the first of a series of cooking classes named “Elegant Menus for Entertaining”. On the menu at this first class are two dishes from our last wine dinner, “Ginger-tomato Bread Pudding Salad” and “Shrimp on the Barbie”, shrimp and grits in an easy disguise, which among other things will make you the winner anytime BBQ sauces are compared. On Dec 11th and 18th,  we’ll run classes on the same subject, covering breast of duckling (ha, hows that for an elegant title?) and prime rib. The classes are $35 each, call or email to secure your spot, and there is no requirement to sign up for all three, only if you want to. Take a class, be a better cook the rest of your life.

That’s all the good food news for now, thank you again for your strong support, and

We hope to see you.


This Week at Good Eats – November 6, 2014

Hi,

Ok, the racks of lamb for tonight’s Australian wine dinner are all seasoned, their little bones wrapped with foil, time to take a break and tell you about our week-end fare. Oh, but before we go, next wine dinner will be on Saturday Nov. 22; put it on your calendar, we’ll tell you all about it next week.

Fried oysters lead the way, and we also have oysters available in Oysters Nomini as well as perched atop flounder with sauteed spinach and bacon. Scallops Sublime is on the menu; last week for the tuna with orange dipping sauce and the pork rib-eye topped with caramelized onions, portabellas and blue cheese. Rounding out our selections are a hanger steak with caramel horseradish sauce and Henny Penny. Reservations are made by calling Good Eats at 804-472-4385.

Thank you for your strong support and

We hope to see you.


Thursday Wine Dinner Update

Hi,

Well if you were thinking that you could really use a good meal about now, here’s the menu for the Australian wine dinner we’re doing Thursday night.

Ginger-Tomato Bread Pudding Salad

Shrimp on the Barbie

Rack of Lamb Chops with Roast Fall Vegetables

Chocolate Berry Pavlova

We’re doing the final wine selections now as we cook and make sure we have deliciosisness. (That’s Australian for good eats, mate)

The dinner starts at 6:30, is 4 courses of wine and food pairings for $55 a person, and to reserve your spot reply to this mail by midnight Wednesday or call Good Eats at 804-472-4385.

Cheers


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 1

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.