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Oceanique to host annual champagne dinner December 19

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As the holiday season begins, friends and family are looking to celebrate. Oceanique will host its annual champagne extravaganza dinner on December 19. This six course dinner will feature some of the restaurants favorite champagnes. The cost per person is $225, excluding tax and gratuity.

Oceanique is an acknowledged favorite of wine aficionados, being the winner of the Wine Spectator "Best of" Award of Excellence, which designates it as having one of the top 750 wine lists in the world.

"The holiday season at Oceanique is especially convivial, and this year's Champagne Extravaganza promises to be one of our finest ever," said Chef de Cuisine and owner Mark Grosz. "It will be the first time we've hosted our annual Champagne Extravaganza in our newly redesigned restaurant. Not only will the food and Champagne be outstanding, but our guests also will find our dining room to be more lavish and contemporary, a perfect place to enjoy great food and friends."

The menu features a six-course menu prepared by Chef Grosz. The meal begins with Tarte Flambé, paired with N.V. Mandois. The second course features Wild Maine Day Boat Sea Scallops with pea tips, sake and ginger, paired with N.V. Henriot "Souverain" Brut. The third course presents Organic Icelandic Arctic Char with fennel, leeks and Porto, paired with N.V. Laurent-Perrier Brut "Cuvée Rose." Following an intermezzo of Michigan Mutsu Apple Sorbet, the dinner continues with Hudson Valley Duck Confit, red cabbage, spaetzle and foie gras, paired with 1996 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin "La Grande Dame" (photo above left). The sixth course finale is Chef Grosz' luscious Marjolaine, paired with N.V. Laurent-Perrier Demi-Sec.

Oceanique Restaurant is located in Evanston, Illinois (505 Main Street; 847-864-3435). To make reservations for this event or for dinner, please call the restaurant or visit their website, www.oceanique.com, for more information.

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