Here’s an engaging concept from a restaurant: a Wine and Salt Pairing Dinner.
Most wine people will dexterously avoid the subject of salt and its impact on wine. Heavy doses of salt will often interact unfavorably with wines, which do a disservice to both the wine and the food.
Yet salt is an everyday---and all too often over-used---component of cooking, and thus unavoidable when wine is on the table.
Rather than shy away from the conundrum of salt and wine during a meal, Wildwood restaurant is embracing and exploring it creatively. The bartender, the sommelier and the chef, in conjunction with Ben Jacobsen from Oregon’s Jacobsen Salt Company, is putting on a carefully orchestrated, palate-challenging evening of wine, spirits, salts and foods on March 22, 2013.
Wildwood bartender, Ryan Csanky, a distiller in his own right (Aria Portland Gin), will start the evening with “Ryan’s Salty Cocktail.” Sommelier Savanna Ray, who originally conceived the idea for the meal, will then work with Wildwood Chef Dustin Clark and the folks at Jacobsen Salt Company, a noted producer of gourmet sea salts, to dish up an impressive four course meal accompanied by Oregon salts and Oregon wines.
Here’s the menu of spirits, Oregon wines, Oregon salts and Chef Dustin Clark’s cuisine.
For only $65 per person, gratuity included, it’s not only a steal of a meal but an irresistible gourmet event.
Wine and Salt
Ryan's Salty Cocktail & Amuse
Jacobsen Salt Co. Netart's Bay Sea Salt
Salt Cured Cod Fritters; grilled lemon mayonnaise, fennel
Jacobsen Salt Co. Mineral Salt
2011 Brooks Rosé of Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
White Cocoa Powder Dusted Sea Scallop; miso-pumpkin purée, citrus brown butter
Jacobsen Salt Co. Vanilla Bean Sea Salt
2012 Walter Scott Chardonnay, Willamette Valley
Cocoa Braised Lamb Shank; rapini, coffee purée
Jacobsen Salt Co. Pinot Noir Flake Salt
2009 Westrey Oracle Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills
Meyer Lemon Bread Pudding; pumpkin seed brittle
Jacobsen Salt Co. Lemon Zest Sea Salt
2011 Teutonic Wine Co. December 3rd Riesling, Crow Valley Vineyard
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Something tells me this will be a sellout. Better get your reservations in now.