Get the jump on Valentine’s Day with a wine-pairing dinner

Evan Elsberry in the kitchen of Evan’s Kitchen
Evan Elsberry in the kitchen of Evan’s Kitchen Florence Low

If you want to make dinner reservations for Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, and have not done so, you’re getting down to the wire. A less-hectic experience can be enjoyed by dining out the night before or the night after. Knowing this, Evan’s Kitchen has planned a beat-the-crowd pre-V-Day wine-pairing meal.

Chef Evan Elsberry regularly matches variuous cuisines with appropriate wines, usually coming up with some surprises. Discover them at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, for $75 per person, with reservations at Evan’s Kitchen, 855 57th St., Sacramento, in the Antiques Mall. 916-452-3896.

The dinner looks like this:

First course: lobster hushpuppies paired with Charles Krug sauvignon blanc

Second: seared ahi and pickled ginger on winter greens with pineapple vinaigrette, with 50 Degree Riesling

Third: sitting duck (“Trust me”) with Patz & Hall pinot noir

Fourth: roulade of filet mignon with wild mushrooms, with Drumheller merlot

Dessert: chocolate torte with raspberry coulis, with Rodney Strong “True Gentlemen’s Port”

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe