The unofficial, premature, but “I can’t wait” menu.

I shouldn’t be posting this.  Don’t tell anybody I did, because we might still have to change some things and that’s why it’s not up on the web site yet.  But I just want you to know, loyal blog readers, what kind of dinner the “Picked by the Pros” Wine Tasting dinner is going to be and that you should get your tickets soon, because seating for the dinner is limited.   The Dinner will start with an intimate tasting by Wine Time beginning at 4:30 with dinner starting around 6:00.

So here it is, as it stands this morning (Club Soda, you’ve outdone yourselves!):

Fruit & Cheese Plate: Gourmet Cheeses blended with summer fresh fruit for a grand entrance into the “work” of tasting. Palette cleansing, slight acidic, all around summery . . .Cheers.  Umberto Fiore Moscato d’Asti

French Mussels and Clams: Blue Mussels and Littleneck Clams sautéed with shallot and garlic-seasoned with an aromatic blend of lavender, rosemary, sage and basil in a white wine butter sauce.  BP Rothschild White Bordeaux

Cucumber Mint Gazpacho: Gazpacho, cold soup. This delightfully refreshing soup is tomato based and accentuated with cilantro, cool cucumbers, garden fresh mint, diced onions and tri-color peppers.  Brancott Sauvignon Blanc

Italian Apple Salad: A symphony of diced apples, celery, fennel, dates, onion and pistachios complimented with crumbled bleu cheese and cider vinaigrette.  San Angelo Pinot Grigio

Mediterranean Diver Scallops: Enormous seared sweet diver scallops presented upon a shaving of prosciutto then topped with olives, tomatoes, capers and artichokes dressed in olive oil.  Campo Viejo Rioja

New Zealand Lamb: Tender lamb chops crusted with sweet roasted garlic, tarragon, rosemary and sun-dried tomatoes, married with toasted pine nut wild rice and a drizzle of roasted lamb jus.  Ravenswood Red Zinfandel

Strawberry Cake: Moist vanilla cake layered with fresh strawberries and dressed in a smooth cream cheese icing. Banfi Rosa Rogale

Don’t know anything about those wines? Me, neither. (Well, except for the Mocato d’ Asti, which I do know and love.)  That’s why Dan and Krista Stockman, authors of the Journal-Gazette’s Uncorked column will guide us through this incredible selection of wines and talk to us about how we might pair them at home, even if you don’t regularly prepare diver scallops and mint gazpacho.

I know June 19th is a busy day.  Weddings, family reunions, ball games, important stuff.  So some of you will be excused, but honestly, compare this menu to going to a wedding reception for people you barely know, and what wins?

And know that by coming and enjoying the day with us, you are adding your support to all the people who invest all year in public radio in our region, which makes this an important event, too.  Reserve your spot by calling 452-1189 or going online at

Hope to see you there.  With an empty stomach and an expandable belt.  Arts United and NIPR thank you!



  1. PS — Special thanks to our other sponsors, Verizon, O’Daniel Porsche Audi, and Baden,Gage, and Schoeder.  And of course, WineTime. Couldn’t do this without them.



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2 responses to “The unofficial, premature, but “I can’t wait” menu.

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  2. Renee Wright

    Wow, does that sound fabulous! Even a vegetarian is awed by your menu’s delicious-sounding courses. The Italian apple salad in particular sounds enticing.

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