Thursday, June 24, 2010

Spanish Saffron Dinner

We hosted our third annual Father's Day Chocolat Bar-B-Que dinner last weekend here at the cafe, and much deliciousness was enjoyed by all who could attend! The beginning of summer denotes the beginning of our slow season (since most chocolate is enjoyed at Xmas, Vday, and Mday) and the timing is ripe to delve deeper and deeper into savory chocolate exploration. Not that I don't enjoy our Prix Fixe Chocolate Tasting Dinners during our high-holiday months, but somehow mid summer they always seem to be more exciting to me!

And since each new month brings another opportunity to explore a new theme, there are always exciting variations around corner. Next up is a cuisine I've been hungry to do for months, but have never gotten around to it until now: Spanish!

No, not New-World Spanish, but authentic Castillian Spanish... or rather, as authentic as Spanish cuisine can be after mutilating centuries of culinary tradition by chalking it full of chocolate! But, hey... where's the fun without it? So here we go cocoa-babies... check it:

Join us July 31st, with seatings at 4, 6, and 8pm for our three course Spanish Saffron Dinner. For only $25, guests will enjoy:

Roasted Tomato Gazpacho with White Chocolate-Oil Crostinti.
Saffron Paella with Smoked Sausage & Shrimp
or Roasted Veggie and Crispy Potato Fritata
both served with Smoke Paprika-Saffron Burnt Caramel Sauce.
Blood Orange Olive Oil & Almond Torte with Dark Chocolate-Citrus Drizzle

There is also an optional appetizer of
Beef Albondigas with White Wine-Tomato Sauce!

Call the cafe early to save your space as our dinners usually sell out! 619.578.2984. Until then, check out the yum-yums from our last menu:

Starter: Smoked Gouda-Stuffed Bratwurst with Mustard Dipping Sauces

First Course: Chile Maple Lime Corn on the Cob with Cocoa Nib-infused Butter

Entree: Beef Sloppy Joes over Grilled Rosemary-Buttermilk Focaccia, Twice-baked Potato with Panko Chive Crust, and Chocolate Bar-B-Que Sauce.

Dessert: Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with White Chocolate Lemon-Thyme Sauce.

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