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Tartine
On Tuesday, November 18, head to Tartine for the restaurant’s first wine dinner. For $50 per person, you’ll be treated to a four-course meal paired with wines prepared by chef Nolan Konkoski. The menu includes:

course 1
warm mushroom salad, poached quail egg
course 2
pan seared monkfish, white beans, peppers, artichokes, roasted tomato vinaigrette
course 3
cider braised shortribs, celeriac puree, watercress salad
course 4
beignet, whipped brie, apricot, seared foie gras

The chef is also planning a few other tiny food courses to keep things interesting (amuse bouche, intermezzo and possibly some housemade truffles for a finale, but that part is still in the works). Reservations are encouraged.

Symon News
Everyone’s favorite Iron Chef is at it again. Seriously – when does this guy sleep? According to Crain’s, Symon is opening a new restaurant in Milwaukee inside the Hotel Palomar. I’ve stayed at the Hotel Palomar in LA, which is part of the Kimpton Group. I really like this chain of boutique hotels, especially the Hotel Monaco in Chicago and San Francisco.

Dominic Cerino
This isn’t exactly new news, but in case you haven’t heard, Dominic Cerino is now the head chef at Lakeland Community College dining and event services. This is a great addition for the college. Cerino will no doubt bring in a lot of business and really up the level of quality overall. I’ve been to a few events at Mooreland Mansion – beautiful space and grounds, but the food often fell short. That won’t be the case anymore with him in charge. Oh how I miss those braised short ribs and lentils…