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Paradise Pantry presents a Wine and Food Pairing
April 11, 2018
Usually it all begins with the wine. But this time the lamb led the way to The Tablas Creek Vineyard Winemaker Dinner here at Paradise Pantry.
Winemaker dinners give Paradise Pantry the opportunity to show and share amazing wineries. And they allow Chef Kelly to create special recipes that celebrate the seasons, buy delicious products from our growers and showcase all that’s local, fresh, and organic — all to delight our customers.
1. What inspires and excites you about a Winemaker Dinner
Food & Wine…Being able to showcase pairings & how the combination of a dish & the wine create something that is greater than either on its own. We work with amazing winemakers & its incredible to see how Chef Kelly takes the wines to another level with the menu she creates.
2. How do you celebrate, acknowledge and motivate your kitchen staff? I’ll skip this one…
3. Why should we come to a Winemaker Dinner? Its an experience, we all drink wine & eat dinner. But the opportunity to really go through a line up of wines with the creator & taste them with food that is designed to highlight & compliment it is truly a dining experience. Getting to know the people behind the wine & why they do what they do & what makes it special adds to the whole experience.
4. What do you want us to know?
These are limited seatings & each one is a unique experience because of the timing (seasonality) of the menu & the uniqueness of the wines. Never a disappointment & always a tasty night to remember.
Tablas Creek Vineyard is a long-time friend and collaborator with Paradise Pantry. As Kelly recalls, their dear friend, Darren Delmore, Tablas’ national sales manager, was once again “tasting” them through a great line up of current vintages when he happened to mention the biodynamic lamb program available from Tablas creek. This lamb ranching-program is one of only 2 in the nation. Listening to the story of Nathan Stuart, the Shepherd for Tablas, Kelly knew she wanted to share this incredible story, along with the Tablas wine and their lamb, with the Paradise Pantry world.
Then we were offered a lamb – “Darren informed me that they were taking orders for the spring harvest and asked if I would be interested. In that second I decided to do a special wine event paired with their offering of Spring lamb.”
“When I got the opportunity to meet Nathan several weeks later it was amazing to listen to the story, see the passion, commitment, care and hard work that he puts into his herd. It only confirmed my drive to create a menu around this fascinating project and the wines of Tablas Creek.”
“I LOVE this event! Overall, the whole experience is one I wish to continue in the years to come.”
Chef Kelly, thrilled with the challenge, paired exquisite new recipes featuring their amazing biodynamic-ranched lamb for Paradise Pantry’s customers.
Six courses were designed. Original recipes were created and served. Our restaurant seats just under 40 and we filled every spot (with a huge wait list just in case!)
What’s Chef Kelly’s secret? Here’s one — drinking a glass of the Tablas Creek 2017 Vermintino while preparing the lamb tartare to pair was magical and inspirational!
We at Paradise Pantry thank the Tablas Creek Vineyard crew, our talented and caring staff and servers for making this night extraordinary.