Long Beach Public Library Foundation

Grape Expectations Menu

Thank you to the Our Appetizer and Wine Sponsors – All Located in Long Beach

Boathouse on the Bay
Gelson’s Market
Johnny Rebs’
The Pie Hole
Teak Catering
Wine distributors arranged by Randy Kemner, proprietor of The Wine Country

Dinner menu, with wine & literary pairings

Compressed Watermelon Salad

Grilled haloumi, Greek Goddess Tzatziki, Wild Rocket, Pomegranate Molasses, Roasted Pistachio

Wine: NV Balivet Bugey-Cerdon, Méthode Ancéstrale, France

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Beet Spaghetti

Goat Cheese, Ricotta, Chives, Poppy Seeds

Wine: 2017 Hans Wirsching Rosé, Franken, Germany

The beet is the murderer returned to the scene of the crime. The beet is what happens when the cherry finishes with the carrot. The beet is the ancient ancestor of the autumn moon…

Tom Robbins,  Jitterbug Perfume

Salmon topped with a Jalapeño and Parsley Pistou

White Wine Braised Haricot Verts, Cippolinni Confit

and Rosemary and Garlic Double Cut Lambchop

Roasted Cauliflower Gratin

Wines: 2016 Torii Mor Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon and 2014 Sierra Cantabria Rioja Crianza, Spain

Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.

Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon

Bourbon Tres Leches

Layered Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
Salted Caramel Sauce and Candied Pecans

I can still taste that festival: the tart air, caramel in the mouth, the hope at the door, the belief in something for nothing all children take for granted.

Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye

*Vegetarian dinner available upon request.