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Hi all,

My apologies for not being terribly blog-centric, but I just wanted to take a moment and ring in my first post at DR with...(drumroll please) a shameless plug. Brian and I are starting a Wine Dinner Series at Central that begins next Monday, March 29th. It's a chance for us to have some fun sharing wines that we love, give Chef Arthur a forum to cook special menus specifically for the dinners, and, hopefully, meet new people who love wine and food and have a blast. Our first dinner is this Monday, March 29th at 7pm: five wines, five courses, $150 all-inclusive. We'll be featuring small-production American wines at the dinner; I'm really excited about the menu that Artie has come up with and I hope that you can join us if you're available. The dinners will be in our Private Dining Room, and I only have a few seats left for this first one, but I'd love to ask for your support in filling it out so we can build momentum in the series, which will continue on a monthly basis for the rest of the year (and hopefully beyond), usually on the last Monday of every month. I've posted a copy of the press release that went out below so you can take a look at the menu and wines, but if you have any further questions please feel free to contact me at Central (202-626-0015) or via my email dhale@centralmichel richard.com Thanks again for reading, and I look forward to hosting you (as well as making more posts sans the shameless plugs ;) ) -D.


Monday, March 29, 2010: Small-Production American Wines

Washington, D.C. – Central Michel Richard launches the first of a new Monthly Wine Dinner Series, Monday March 29, 2010, at 7:00PM, in Central’s exclusive Jean-Louis Private Dining Room.

Join us, as we present an exclusive and intimate dinner featuring stunning wines made in limited quantities. Each of the five wines being showcased in this dinner has a total case production of 500 cases or less. The selections will be paired with a five-course dinner menu, conceived especially for the evening by Central’s Chef de Cuisine, Arthur Cavaliere. The menu for this Small-Production American Wine Dinner is:

Les Amuses Bouches:

SWEET CORN SOUP, jonah crab, tarragon

STUFFED DATES, marcona almonds, smoked bacon, Roquefort cream

POTATO SKINS, tuna tartare, micro arugula, lemon

Blanc de Blanc, Domaine Thibaut-Janisson, Charlottesville, Virginia NV

1st Course:

ROASTED WHITE ASPARAGUS, sauce gribiche, black truffle, bianco sardo

Gruner Veltliner, Daedalus Cellars, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2008

2nd Course:

GRILLED OCTOPUS SALAD, preserved lemon vinaigrette, garbonzo puree

Chardonnay, “Stone Cote Vineyard”, Hartford Family, Sonoma, California 2007

Main Course:

CRISPY PORK CONFIT, garlic yogurt

Syrah, “Ledgewood Vineyard”, Thomas Michael Cellars, Napa, California 2005

Cheese Course:

GRAYSON, Virginia



Cabernet Sauvignon, Parry Cellars, St. Helena, California 2005


BROWNIE “SUNDAE”, walnut caramel, banana ice cream

Porto Blend, “Independence”, Mauritson Wines, Dry Creek Valley, California 2007

Central’s wine dinner series will cover a wide range of themes, and whenever possible, the importers and winemakers will be present at the dinners which feature solely their wines. Guests will be treated to an intimate and fun food and wine experience, allowing General Manager/Sommelier Brian Zipin and Sommelier David Hale to share their passion for unique wines, as they highlight wines, regions, importers, and producers that will peak the interest of novices and connoisseurs alike. Only 16 seats are available for each dinner in the series, which will, barring holidays, be held on the last Monday of every month. A full calendar of these events will be released by the end of March.

Reservations may be made by calling the restaurant at (202) 626-0015. A Credit Card will be required to secure the reservation. The price is $150 for the five-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Price includes tax and gratuity.

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