I get info on wine dinners all the time, but these struck me as different and sounded like a good time.
Chef Nino Germano at La Scala in Little Italy has a "Big Night" epicurean experience planned for April 7. It’s $95 and includes dinner, wine, tax, and tip. He suggests you watch the movie since the same courses will be featured at the dinner. RSVP by April 3.
It’s been a while since I watched the touching film starring Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub as brothers trying to resuscitate their failing Italian restaurant. But I remember the food scenes were stunning, and the timpani dish (deep dish pie with layers of pasta, salami, provolone, meatballs, hard-cooked eggs, and tomato sauce) was a standout.
Wouldn’t you know these events would be on the same night? Ale Mary’s in Fells Point is having a wine dinner on April 7, too. Many people might associate the tavern with Belgian ales and beer pairings, but it also promotes fine wines.
Chef Mary Rivers, who owns the four-year-old restaurant with husband Tom and brother-in-law Bill, says she started the seasonal wine dinners to please her patrons. "My wine drinkers were whining," she told me recently, laughing. "I was accommodating their (taste) buds."
The six-course dinner with wines from three wineries is $60 (not including tip). Mary, who is a Baltimore International College grad, will be preparing such offerings as vanilla/thyme duck confit, herb-grilled bison tenderloin, and grilled peaches with camembert cheese. The dinners usually sell out, so reserve a space soon.
Another meal to pencil on your calendar is a June 25 foie gras dinner at the new alizée at the Colannade. Chef Josh Hill will feature foie gras in all six courses. The cost, with wine pairings, is $129 (not including tip).
Josh is also inviting chefs from other restaurants to participate. I’ll have more information soon.