Sacramento chef Evan Elsberry consistently brings a sense of fun and creativity to his restaurant, Evans Kitchen, particularly when it comes to his occasional themed wine dinners. He matches ethnic cuisines with the appropriate wines, and there are always surprises. Last year, he sold out his Italian, French, Spanish and German wine-pairing dinners. One of his most popular dinners featured game.
Now he's ready for the next one, titled Fromage: The Culture of Cheese. It's planned from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 3. The cost is $75 per person, with reservations at (916) 452-3896. The previous wine dinners filled up fast, so...
Evan's Kitchen is at 855 57th St., Sacramento, in the Antiques Mall; www.chefevan.com.
Im sourcing the wines from Cabana ( www.cabanawine.com) and the cheeses from the Cultured and the Cured, Elsberry said on the phone this morning. C&C would be the cheese and charcuterie shop that opened in November on J Street in East Sacramento.
Why go to the trouble of themed dinners? Theyre a lot of fun, and I live at the restaurant, so basically theyre my social life, he said. I come out of the kitchen between courses and talk with everyone, discuss their opinions on the pairings, and answer their questions about cooking. Its very interactive and I get to enjoy my guests. I hope they enjoy me, too.
The cheese-wine dinner looks like this:
First course: Baked organic Mt. Tam triple cream brie; cauliflower and cashew soup
Served with 2011 chardonnay
Second course: Intensity mixed and micro greens, Big Rock blue cheese and sugared walnuts, tossed with red wine vinaigrette
Served with pinot noir
Third course: seared jumbo sea scallops in a nest of fried asiago and Yukon gold potatoes, finished with mornay sauce
Served with 2011 sauvignon blanc
Fourth course: Rogue Creamery smokey blue cheese and dried cherry-stuffed Angus filet mignon, finished with cabernet, cherry and balsamic demiglace
Served with 2011 cabernet sauvignon
Dessert: dolce ricotta limone with orange mascarpone mousse, pistachio crisps and grape compote
Served with 2012 moscato blanco
Call The Bees Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.