Photo by Caitlin Abrams
What are you doing Saturday afternoon? I’m going to be at the Galleria drinking top-shelf wines and eating very deluxe snacks with the new chef of Pittsburgh Blue, Anthony Leonhardi, and beverage director Andy Shields, and you’re invited.
They’ve put together a very swoony menu of food and drink pairings:
- Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley) 2014 to go with roasted beet and goat cheese tartlets.
- Ferrari-Carano Trèsor (Sonoma) 2012 with maple glazed bacon and sweet corn spoon bread.
- Seghesio ‘Rockpile’ Zinfandel (Sonoma) 2013 with a mushroom crusted ribeye.
- Chateau Mondesir-Gazin Bordeaux (Gironde, France) 2010 with white chocolate mousse.
Here’s the plan. We will gather at 1:15 p.m. in the private dining room at Pittsburgh Blue, kicking off with the Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc (from one of Napa Valley’s historic properties, and a little cousin to cult blockbuster Caymus), paired with the roasted beet and goat cheese tartlet. Chef Anthony Leonhardi and I will talk about why he liked this pairing, and whether we’ll see anything like this when he takes over as head chef at Parasole’s forthcoming 200+ seat seafood restaurant opening in Edina. (Oops, did I just drop that? Oh well!) Then we’ll try the American Meritage Tresor from Ferrari-Carano with that maple glazed bacon that’s its own cult favorite from Manny’s, where Leonhardi used to cook. How many cult favorites can we build into this tasting? We’ll move on to an organic real Bordeaux which Andy Shields has boldly paired with a white chocolate mousse with berries—can people who don’t like sweet wine find a wine to pair with dessert? We posit: Yes. Finally, a cult zinfandel, the famed Seghesio ‘Rockpile’ Zinfandel paired with Pittsburgh Blue’s claim to fame: beef! In this case a mushroom crusted ribeye. This is going to be fun.
How do you get in? Buy tickets to our Holi-Go-Fabulous event at the Galleria on Saturday, and email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot at the wine tasting. Tickets are only $20, which is a bargain, actually, seeing that the entry-level Seghesio Zinfandel is $15 a glass at Pittsburgh Blue. Why are they giving away such a fabulous wine pairing event? Because they want us to stop thinking of Pittsburgh Blue for destination steaks and see some of the other fabulous things they can make. I can’t wait!
But that’s not all! With your Holi-Go-Fabulous tickets you can also: Drink free cocktails with Steph March (yes, this is one of my favorite activities in life; she’s as fun in life as she is on the radio), get the inside dish on shopping with Ali Kaplan, find out the product-secrets behind why Pinterest queen @BeautyBets Elizabeth Dehn always looks like a million bucks, and get the scoop on entertaining from our fearless leader Kelly Kegans and the leader of all brides, Emily Howald Sefton. Want a full schedule? Here’s a full schedule!
Hope to see you Saturday! This is going to be the most fun anyone’s ever had in a mall, mark my words!