Long Beach Public Library Foundation

Grape Expectations 2017

Dinner menu, with wine & literary pairings

Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio

topped with fresh burrata, wild arugula, balsamic reduction, pistachios, Champagne dressing, pomegranate, hemp seed, and TGIS special seasoning

Wine: 2014 Fattori, Runcaris, Soave Classico, “Terreni Vulcanici,” Veneto, Italy

I ate them like salad, books were my sandwich for lunch, my tiffin and dinner and midnight munch. I tore out the pages, ate them with salt, doused them with relish, gnawed on the bindings, turned the chapters with my tongue! Books by the dozen, the score and the billion.

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Polpette e Polenta

San Marzano braised, ricotta stuffed meatballs, served over creamy polenta

Wine: 2014 Marcarini Barbera d’Alba, “Ciabot Camerano,” La Morra, Piedmont, Italy

When I am king they shall not have bread and shelter only, but also teachings out of books, for a full belly is little worth where the mind is starved.

Mark Twain, The Prince and the Pauper


served with buttered popcorn purée, and piquillo pepper chimichuri, 

and Steak

served with Gruyere potato purée and French onion soup confit

Wines: 2015 Domaine Roland Schmitt Pinot Gris Alsace, France, and 2014 Mignanelli Winery Pinot Noir, Central Coast, California

The taste for books was an early one. As a child he was sometimes found at midnight by a page still reading. They took his taper away, and he bred glow-worms to serve his purpose. They took the glow-worms away and he almost burnt the house down with a tinder.

Virginia Woolf, Orlando


Churro cup with vanilla custard mousse, fresh berries, and chocolate ganache, and homemade Snickers bar of chocolate, caramel, and nougat

The universe will express itself so long as somebody will be able to say, ‘I read, therefore it writes.’

Italo Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler