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'Pick Your Poison' dinner at Evan's Kitchen

Award-winning Sacramento chef Evan Elsberry loves to host themed wine dinners. They’re his way of socializing, since he “lives at the restaurant,” he says. He matches ethnic cuisines with the appropriate wines, and there are always surprises. In past months, he sold out his Italian, French, Spanish, German and cheese-centric dinners.

Now he’s preparing a “Pick Your Poison” dinner, with your choice of wine or beer to go with the food. It will start at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. March 17, for $75 per person. Reservations are 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.

Choose a wine or beer with each course:

First:

Salmon puffs with Dubliner cheese

Franciscan Cuvee Sauvage cardonnay (Napa) or Tap It India pale ale

Second:

Kerrygold Dublin salad with pickled beets

Estancia pinot grigio (Monterey) or Monkshine Belgian blonde ale

Third:

Guinness pork chop on Colcannon potatoes

Mark West Russian River pinot noir (Sonoma) or Guinness stout

Fourth:

Lamb chop stew

Saved Red Blend 5 or Hangar 24 chocolate porter

Dessert:

Guinness cupcake

Saved Red Blend 5 or Timmerman’s raspberry Framboise Lambicus

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