kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Central launches monthly wine dinners

Michel Richard's Central

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. 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

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

First Course: ROASTED WHITE ASPARAGUS, sauce gribiche, black truffle, bianco sardo Gruner Veltliner, Daedalus Cellars, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2008

Second 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 GOAT GOUDA, Vermont BLEU DE BASQUE, Spain Cabernet Sauvignon, Parry Cellars, St. Helena, California 2005

Dessert: BROWNIE “SUNDAE”, walnut caramel, banana ice cream Zinfandel Port, 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 solely feature their wines.   A full calendar of these events will be released by the end of March.  

You can snag one of the 16 seats by calling the restaurant at (202) 626-0015.   The price is $150 for the five-course tasting menu with wine pairings.