Varanese (2106 Frankfort Avenue) offers a constant schedule of events like the coming six-course Chilean Wine Dinner on Tuesday, October 13.
At a time when travel is difficult, themed dinners like these have even greater value than the consistent quality of owner/chef John Varanese’s kitchen, the diverse libations offered for pairing, and the education gained from their presentation.
They’re an escape, and a way for us to get away and be elsewhere for a few hours.
Tuesday’s excursion to Chile at Varanese will feature guest speaker Emily Walz, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager for Concha Y Toro. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with the dinner to follow at 7:00 p.m. The price is $65 each (plus tax and gratuity), and the meal without wine is $40 per person. Seating is limited, so call Varanese to reserve: 502-899-9904.
Here’s the menu.
Cono Sur, Organico Sauvignon Blanc
Fried Calamari, Bay Scallops, Shrimp and Chiles, with a Lemon Aioli and Red Vein Sorrel
Grand Reserva, Chardonnay
Twice Cooked Plantains topped with Spice Roasted Pork, Tropical Fruit Salsa, and a Charred Lime
Marques de Casa Concha, Pinot Noir
Huitlacoche Tamale, with Hominy, Roasted Corn and Green Chile Butter Sauce
Grand Reserva, Carmenere
Braised Lamb Empanada with Olives and Tomatoes, served with Pebre Verde
Terrunyo, Block Las Terrazas, Cabernet Sauvignon
Char Grilled Skirt Steak, served with Roasted Pumpkin and Sweet Potatoes. topped with Chimichurri Sauce
Marques de Casa Concha, Merlot
House-made Graham Cracker with an Ancho Chocolate Bar, topped with Chocolate Marshmallow and Warm Chocolate Sauce
Executive Chef / Proprietor – John Varanese
Chef de Cuisine – Erik Abraham
Sous Chef – Callie Critchelow