Tartine will be hosting its second wine dinner on Tuesday, January 27 (they host one a month, each with a different theme). January’s dinner will celebrate the culinary exchange between France and the southeast Asian area once known as French Indochina, most notably Vietnam. The dinner will feature 5 courses paired with 5 wines for $50.
My favorite Little Italy restaurant is throwing a recession shindig on Monday, January 26. For $20 per person, enjoy gourmet peasant food, wine and old school drinks. What a fabulous idea and great deal!
Crop is extending Valentine’s Day to three evenings, beginning Thursday, February 12. Regardless of when you choose to dine, each meal will begin with a glass of sparkly and a tongue-teasing amuse bouche, then moves on to a appetizer, salad course, entrée and dessert, plus a surprise or two along the way. The cost is $75 per person. Be sure to ask for it by name when making reservations, at 216-696-2767. (A vegetarian version can be arranged with prior notice. The regular a la carte dinner menu will also be available.)
Celebrate the inauguration of President Obama (yay!)on January 20 beginning at 5 p.m. A projection TV in the bar will show all the national activities while you enjoy some of Obama’s favorite foods. In addition, Sergio’s SARAVA is participating in the Food For Change drive, in honor of National Day of Service on Martin Luther King Day. Bring a canned food donation, or a check made out to the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland.
Dante / Lockkeepers
As most know by now, the original Lockkeepers took over Dante earlier this year. Right now, it is still being operated under the Dante name with the menu featuring part Dante items and part original Lockkeepers favorites. Look for the total overhaul to happen by early February, complete with lower prices.
As for Dante Boccuzzi we won’t have to wait much longer to check out his new venue in Tremont, expected to open around April / May. Hopefully Dante will offer his fabulous sushi at the new place. Either way, I’m willing to bet it will be a wonderful offering and atmosphere that I can’t wait to checkout.
Finally, Shinano Sushi Bar is open in Solon, right next to Miles Farmer’s Market. We’re planning to go this week for dinner, but everything that I’ve heard thus far has been positive. 440.498.1614
Market Avenue Wine Bar
On Tuesday, January 20 starting at 7 p.m., head to Market Ave for a five-course vegetarian wine dinner prepared by Dish Global Catering. Cost is $60 per person.