Earth + Wine Dinner

Earth Dinner with the Wines of Michel Torino

Wednesday, April 17th 2013

I am very proud to present our Earth Dinner for 2013.  This year I am doing something a little different.  It’s Chefs Collaborative’s 20 year anniversary, and I wanted this to be a special celebration of their amazing work and efforts.  I could think of no better way to do it than by bringing together our friends and farmers, cooking for them, and sharing some special wine.   The idea for using Michel Torino wines for the dinner came from a tasting I had a few months back with my friend and colleague Ian.  We tasted through the entire portfolio and I was very impressed with elegance and subtle power of the wines.  These are world class, delicious and well made wines.  As I learned more about the wines and the winemaker’s dedication to sustainability,  good farming practices and thoughtful winemaking, the idea for the connection came to mind.   What makes this dinner even more special is that some of our favorite farmers are attending, and will get to break bread with so many of the guests, cooks, wine folks and service staff that have been enjoying the fruits of their labors for so long.  As I have said so many times before, I could not do what I do everyday if it were not for the special relationships that I have forged with my farmers, growers, fishermen and producers.  It is truly an honor to have them here with us tonight to enjoy supper together.

 Michel Torino wines are from Argentina.  All of the grapes are hand-harvested in the estate’s own vineyards high in the Andean foothills. Brothers Salvador and David Michel founded the winery in 1892, 22 years after discovering the Cafayate as an area suitable for fine wine production.  The estate practices sustainable, environmentally friendly farming by minimizing the use of fertilizers and chemicals in the vineyard and winery.  These are wines with an indelible sense of place, wines which complement food rather than overpower, wines which are true to their origin.

Earth Dinners are an annual series of events sponsored by Chefs Collaborative and Organic Valley to promote local, sustainable, and organic foods and restaurants. This year is the 20th Anniversary of Chefs Collaborative, and 25th Anniversary of Organic Valley.

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Torrontes Cocktail with White Vermouth, Lemon + Elderflower

Wild Rhode Island Oysters with pickled rhubarb mignonette, fresh parsley, lemon + olive oil

Warm “fugazzetta” with onion, kale, roasted olive, Vermont cheddar + Crystal Brook Farm goat cheese

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Cuma Torrontes 2010

“Ceviche” style wild Point Judith fluke + sea scallops with lemon-lime preserves, Schartner Farm radishes, rainbow chard, fresh herbs + grapefruit

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Don David Reserve Malbec 2010, Colchaqui Valley

Sage-roasted wild Point Judith monkfish with Rhode Island mushrooms, Allen Farm pea greens + Schartner Farm carrots

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Don David Finca La Maravilla #6 2011 Malbec

Slow-braised Hopkins Farm leg of lamb with yellow split peas, fennel, onion, thyme + golden raisins

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Don David Finca La Urquiza #8 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

35 day dry-aged Blackbird Farm beef ribeye “asado” with Schartner Farm potato, Maine beans, smoked chili +chimichurri sauce

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Altimvs 2009 Malbec-Cabernet-Tannat

Dark-chocolate with lavender, cream, “dulce de leche” + sarsaparilla sauce

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A portion of the proceeds tonight’s dinner will be donated to Chefs Collaborative to help fund their important work, and will be matched by Organic Valley.  Thank you for your generosity and support, and thank you to all of our hardworking farmers, growers, producers and fisherman for all of their beautiful products, time and efforts.

Dinner tonight is $75 per person (exclusive of additional beverages, gratuity + taxes).