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,
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