First Thursday tapas/wine pairing



Santa Fe Tapas on St. Charles Avenue.

Santa Fe Tapas, the spin-off from the genre-jumping cantina/bistro Santa Fe Restaurant, has begun a monthly wine-pairing series that continues this week.

The Uptown restaurant, which opened last spring in a former La Madeleine location, serves an eclectic menu. On the first Thursday of the month, it also offers a special menu of tapas-sized dishes with wine pairings.

“It gives us a chance to go outside our established boundaries,” says manager Orhan Ergun. “We have wine experts speak, and while we’re trying to cut some of the snobbery out of wine tasting experience we want them to stand up and explain the wines and why we chose them for each dish.”

This month’s line-up includes seven small dishes and seven wines, each from the Pacific Northwest, for $37, plus tax and gratuity.A live acoustic duo will perform through the evening.

The menu is below. Call 304-9915 for reservations.

Gewurztraminer, Washington Hills
Tuna Crudo, Grapefruit Mojo, Plantain Crisp

Riesling, Columbia Valley,
Lobster Squid Ink Risotto, Sweet Corn Onion Soubise, Jumbo Prawn

Dave Stoller Chardonnay
Spice Rubbed Poussin, Oaxacan Mole

Foris Pinot Noir, Oregon
Crisp Skinned Salmon, Goat Cheese Potato Croquette, Roasted Piquillo Garlic confit, Champagne butter

Boom Boom, Syrah, Columbia Valley
Lamb T- Bone, Roasted Parsnip Wild Mushroom Crepe, Spiced Red Wine Reduction

Sagelands Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Braised Beef Shortribs, Caramelized Brussel Sprouts, Brown Butter Spaetzle, Natural Braise

Gewurztraminer , Washington Hills
Almond Lychee Rice Pudding, Tropical Fruit.

Santa Fe Tapas
1327 St. Charles Ave. 304-9915

Santa Fe Restaurant
3201 Esplanade Ave., 948-0077

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