Off the Grid Dinner with South American food and wines!

This was good fun with a dynamic crew of nice folk!  A private dinner through “Off the Grid” ( – a small group of food and wine lovers who, every month or so, get together with a broad-minded chef who is willing to close a restaurant to the public and create a fun evening with like-minded foodies.

South America – especially Argentina and Chile have a long history of wine making and fine cuisine (although I’ve recently had a nice Southern Rhone style blend from Brazil that was surprisingly good and quite drinkable).  Chef Toni Pais and his staff used his casual bistro Café Zinho to produce a wonderful five course meal matched to five wines that represented the Chilean and Argentine food culture – as a special note I have to say that the second course, a ceviche of Diver Scallops and Shrimp, lime cured for 30 hours, was the best ceviche I have ever had!!!

Below is a summary of the foods and wines

–          Tapas – Empanadas Two Ways – Onion Tomato Chicken & Onion Tomato Cheese.  Wine: Trapiche Extra Brut NVArgentina

–          Marisco: Diver Scallop and Shrimp Ceviche.  Wine: Natura Organic Chardonnay 2010 – Chile

–          Ensalada: Mixed Green Salad

–          Plato: Seared Delmonico Steak with Chimichurri with Roasted Potatoes and Vegetables.  Wines: Cono Sur Organic Cabernet / Carmenere Blend 2008 – Chile AND Bodega Paris Goulart Malbec 2007 – Argentina

–          Postre: Almond Cookies with Dolce de Leche served on Dolce de Leche Crème Anglaise.  Wine: Reginato Blanc de Blancs 2006 – Argentina

(Please make a comment if you are interested in full notes on the wines and I will post them)

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