Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, IL 60062; 847-205-4433) will be hosting the Prairie State Winery Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4. The gourmet dinner, presented by Evanston Cellars and the Midwest Wine Press, features local winemaker Rick Mamoser, owner and winemaker of the Prairie State Winery. The cost is $85 per person, all inclusive. Reservations are required; please call Evanston Cellars at (847) 864-0199 to make reservations. Reservations can also be made online at EventBrite.
Prairie Grass Cafe chef and co-owner, Sarah Stegner attributes much of her success to her philosophy of using fine dining cooking techniques to produce approachable, casual food. Quality ingredients are most important as evident in her efforts in co-founding Green City Market and supporting local sustainable farms. Sarah brings that philosophy to Prairie Grass Cafe and along with chef and co-owner, George Bumbaris, has prepared a four course dinner menu presented with pairings from Prairie State Winery based in Genoa, IL.
The appetizer course will be served family-style and offer guests assorted appetizers including Mushroom flatbread, squash tempura, and Brussel Sprouts with bacon and parmesan. This first course will be paired with a 2010 white sparkling wine made in a semi-dry Riesling style with grapes grown in Illinois.
The second course will consist of Lake Superior Whitefish prepared with delicate squash puré, River Valley Ranch Portobello mushroom and petite greens paired with a 2011 Rose made from the Frontenac grape, a mainstay of the Midwest wine industry known for its light body and crisp acidity.
For the main course, diners will be served homemade lamb sausage with local beans and braised lamb, served with sautéed Nichols farm potatoes, parsnips, crisp shallots and rainbow chard. The main course will be paired with a barrel-aged 2010 Cabernet Franc made from grapes sourced from the Two Oaks Vineyard in southern Illinois.
The dessert course will offer Capriole Farm Fresh Goat Cheese drizzled with honey and apple jam paired with a 2009 Port made from the Marechal Foch grape and which combines both the ruby and tawny styles. Coffee and tea also will be served.
About Prairie Grass Cafe
Prairie Grass Cafe supports Chicago's Green City Market and local sustainable farms, selecting the freshest ingredients to reflect the season. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (847) 205-4433 or visit prairiegrasscafe.com.
About Prairie State Winery
Founded in 1999 and located in Genoa, Illinois, the Prairie State Winery produces award-winning wines made exclusively from Illinois grown grapes. With the first vintage of only 500 gallons to the most recent vintages of nearly 13,000 gallons, owners Rick and Maria Mamoser continue to promote the philosophy of "Think Globally, Drink Locally" by growing and sourcing the finest grapes in the state and crafting their wines with a meticulous palate for detail. For more information on Prairie State Winery call (815) 784-4540 or visit prairiestatewinery.com.
About Evanston Cellars
Evanston Cellars is a wine and food lifestyle company based in Evanston, Illinois. The company hosts guided tours of wine trails around Chicago, produces wine and food dinners with restaurants committed to sourcing local ingredients, and is a wholesale distributor of wine with a focus on small, artisanal domestic wineries. For more information on Evanston Cellars, call (847) 864-0199 or visit evanstoncellars.com.
About the Midwest Wine Press
Midwest Wine Press (MWP) is the first business publication dedicated entirely to the art and business of winemaking in the Midwestern United States. The goal of Midwest Wine Press is to help winery owners, grape growers and cellar masters be more effective and profitable. For more information on the Midwest Wine Press, visit midwestwinepress.com.
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