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Two Great Wine Dinners

Featuring Chateau Pontet-Canet and Benziger!

We asked you to "Save the Date" a few weeks ago and now we're proud to present to you the menus for two of our upcoming wine dinners. Both dinners will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center on Pennsylvania Avenue. In all these years we have never done a wine dinner there but had heard good things, so we decided to look into it a little more. After seeing the gorgeous facilities and meeting with Executive Chef Xavier DeShayes, and his partner Todd Gray of Equinox fame, we were duly impressed. The "trial dinner" only served to re-confirm what we already suspected — that their food, service, and overall attention to detail is nothing short of outstanding.

Mike Benziger will be our Guest of Honor on April 18th as we pair his Benziger Family Winery wines with a wonderfully fresh menu, and Alfred Tesseron, owner of Chateau Pontet-Canet, will be our Guest of Honor on April 30th as we excitedly work our way through the last ten vintages of Pontet-Canet, featuring the 2009, recent recipient of 100 points from Robert Parker in The Wine Advocate.

Details for each dinner are below. Please take a moment to sign up online for one or both of these dinners by clicking here, or call us at 202-966-0445.

Benziger Dinner Menu

Amuse Bouche

Sautéed Duck Foie Gras

with Orange Organic Quinoa, Kumquat Sauce

Benziger Carneros Chardonnay 2009

First Course

Warm Snail Flamiche Tart

with Wild Watercress, Basil Emulsion

Benziger Pinot Noir 2009

Second Course

Pan Roasted Sturgeon Fillet

with Coconut Mango Red Himalaya Rice Pilaf,

Braised Baby Bok Choy, Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce

Benziger Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Third Course

Pan Seared Wagyu Beef Tenderloin

with Celery Root Mash and

Pencil Asparagus Fricassee,

Black Mission Fig Sauce

Benziger Family Tribute 2007


A Trio of Chocolate Crème Brulée

Warm Almond and Plum Tart, Sea Salt Caramel Sauce

Candied Buddha Hand, Citrus Olive Oil Sorbet, Port Wine Sauce

Taylor Fladgate LBV Port



Ronald Reagan Building &

International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20004


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

7:00pm Dinner


$95 per person

(inclusive of tax, gratuity,

and parking)

********************** Pontet-Canet Dinner Menu


Passed Hors d ’Oeuvres

Ricotta Beignets with Pancetta and Truffle

Tartare of Kobe Beef with Salsify Chips

Warm Oyster with Caviar Hollandaise

Pan Seared Duck Liver, Caramelized Onion and Fig Chutney


Amuse Bouche

Mustard Cavatelli Pasta with Maine Lobster,

Black Trumpet Mushrooms and Hazelnut Veloute

Château Pontet-Canet 2009

First Course

Pan Roasted Monkfish Loin

with Veal Bolognese, Calypso Beans

and Braised Celery

Château Pontet-Canet 2007

Château Pontet-Canet 2002

Second Course

Seared Duck Breast

with Fennel Sausage, Sweetbreads

and Nicoise Olive Chicken Jus

Château Pontet-Canet 2008

Château Pontet-Canet 2004

Third Course

Pan Seared Beef Tenderloin

with Bell Pepper Piperade,

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Bordelaise Sauce

Château Pontet-Canet 2006

Château Pontet-Canet 2003

Fourth Course

Persiallade Crusted Loin of Lamb

Flageolet Beans, Porcini Mushrooms,

Tomato "Charcuterie" Sauce

Château Pontet-Canet 2005

Château Pontet-Canet 2000

Cheese Course

Chef's selection of cheeses

Château Pontet-Canet 2001



Ronald Reagan Building &

International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20004


Monday, April 30, 2012

6:30pm Reception

7:00pm Dinner


$169 per person

(inclusive of tax, gratuity,

and parking)


Sign up online right now by clicking here

and selecting "Sign-up Now"

Dinner Cancellation Requests Not Received

72 Hours in Advance Will Be Charged

if Seats Cannot Be Filled

Please alert us if you have any

special seating requests

or food allergies

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