Johnnie Walker has quite the reputation and Upper West’s Chef Nick has risen to the occasion to create one of a one of a kind pairing. Owner and Bar Manager, Eyal Raziel expects a sold out night. As with many of these events, groups of friends usually make plans to attend. Raziel explains, “When you have a culinary experience like these events it's really fun to share if with friends.”
Raziel plays an active part in producing these events. “From the first idea, to reaching out to the suppliers (the brands). Then to our meetings with Nick (chef) and the brand ambassador putting all our brain storming ideas together & coming up with a game plan for the event. When event day comes and we see our patrons happy, excited & satisfied. It makes all the hard work that everyone put together worth while.” He continues, “Ed Adams is a Master of Whiskey, He represents the Johnny Walker distillery.” Adams will be available at the event to answer and questions. When asked what is the most popular question that he answers at these events…he replies, “How did you get your job or how do I get your job?” Adams adds, “Johnnie Walker is a luxury brand and is as good as any single malt whisky. It’s been around almost 200 years because we know how to blend whisky that appeal to the masses.”
The “Sportsmen’s Dinner” takes place Wednesday, June 25th and will offer an exceptional five course meal.
Johnnie Black starts off the evening, featuring an elk sausage gumbo with malt sticky rice and parsley pesto. Next Johnnie Double Black arrives paired with antelope tartare accompanied with harissa, grain mustard, grilled bread, green apple sorrel and goose egg.
Then Johnnie Gold Reserve steps up to join Pablano and peach marinated Texas quail along with smoked cheddar grits, fennel salsa verde, tortilla broth and queso panela. Braised Buffalo short rib is the main attraction decked out with shelling bean puree, fresh horseradish, pear preserves. Sharing the spotlight is Johnnie Platinum.
Finally Johnny Blue closes the meal with funnel cake joined by johnnie black ice cream, lemon sugar, orange blossom hone.
The Johnnie Walker Five course food Pairing will be held this Wednesday, June 25, at 7:00 pm at Upper West. The price is $75.00 per person (plus tax and tip). Call 310 586-1111 ASAP, to reserve your spot for this stand out event. Upper West restaurant is l3321 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica. http://www.theupperwest.com/