athens restaurants

BACON event at Gosford Wine, with Ari Weinzweig from Zingerman's Deli

Mark your calendars, on Thursday APRIL 22nd, the very talented and brilliant Ari Weinzweig co-founder of Zingerman’s Deli (Ann Arbor, MI) and author of Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon will be coming to Gosford Wine for a book signing and bacon tasting. Zingerman’s Deli started out as a small deli and is now a fleet of community businesses that are Ann Arbor institutions. I greatly respect the integrity of their businesses, their respect for the history of foods, and quality gourmet foods they serve. Whether you like bacon or not you need to come to this event, pick up a copy of Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon and learn about how bacon is an integral part of a American history, so much so that Ari calls is, “the olive oil of North America.” Come to Gosford on April 22nd and bring home the bacon.

April 22nd
7:00 pm

Gosford Wine
1059 Baxter Street
Athens, GA 30606

Ari’s book will be available at Gosford.

Here is the bacon lover and mastermind himself.. Ari Weinzweig

Spring Break Prix-Fixe Dinner, $25

March 10th & 11th, Wednesday & Thursday

It’s finally starting to feel like Spring in Athens.  It’s spring break week and we’re getting some long-awaited for warm weather and sun.  To celebrate, we’re offering a special three-course prix-fixe:

Wednesday & Thursday, all night, $25

1.

Chopped salad with greek yogurt, sumac, crisp pita

or

Lima bean soup with mint-crème fraiche

2.

Lamb tagine with couscous and early-spring vegetables

or

GA shrimp in soupy saffron rice, spring Vidalias and pickled local turnips

3.

Strawberry shortcake

or

Meyer lemon profiteroles with blueberry sauce

Argentine Wine Dinner at The National, 3/3/10

Less is More…   It seems like everyone is talking about Argentina these days, and for good reason.  The vineyards down south are producing great wines at a great price.  Although mostly known for their inky-red Malbecs, Argentina’s whites just might be the next sleeper hit.

Argentine Wine Dinner

Wednesday, March 3rd, 6:30 pm

6 wines/6 courses, $55 per person

sparkling to begin:

Pascual Toso Brut NV (100% chardonnay)Torrontes 2008


1. avocado salad with crab, shrimp, and scallops with citrus vinaigrette
Pascual Toso Torrontes 2008

2. butternut squash flan with arugula-almond-parmesan salad
Pascual Toso Chardonnay 2008

3. grilled spicy Italian sausage with braised heirloom beans and grilled peppers
Pascual Toso Malbec 2008

4. traditional baked beef empanadas with salsa golf
Pascual Toso Reserve Malbec 2007

5. matahambre: stuffed flank steak with red chimichurri
Kaiken Ultra Malbec 2007

6. shortbread cookie sandwiches with dulce de leche

Winter is tropical fruit season, reminding me of an amazing yet simple dessert I had at Inopia (iconic tapas bar from the brother of super-chef Ferran Adria) in Barcelona.  We use ¼ of a super ripe pineapple, sprinkle lime-sugar and pomegranate seeds, and drizzle cane syrup over the top.  At Inopia they use a cane syrup from the Canary Islands, we go a little more regional with Steen’s Cane Syrup from Abbeville, Louisiana.  It’s a delicious and refreshing way to end a meal.

Winter is tropical fruit season, reminding me of an amazing yet simple dessert I had at Inopia (iconic tapas bar from the brother of super-chef Ferran Adria) in Barcelona.  We use ¼ of a super ripe pineapple, sprinkle lime-sugar and pomegranate seeds, and drizzle cane syrup over the top.  At Inopia they use a cane syrup from the Canary Islands, we go a little more regional with Steen’s Cane Syrup from Abbeville, Louisiana.  It’s a delicious and refreshing way to end a meal.