On the Menu: Michael Chiarello

Michael Chiarello Many vintages ago at Tra Vigne, Top Chef Masters finalist Michael Chiarello’s local, Italian-inspired cooking helped define Napa Valley’s wine-friendly cuisine. Now at Bottega on his own vineyard, he and chef de cuisine Nick Ritchie continue to craft a personal, Mediterranean-based cuisine. Here's what he'll be serving at the Beard House this Wednesday: Hors d’Oeuvre Pesto and Burrata Arancini Grilled Lamb Spiedini with Coal-Roasted Vegetable Purée and Pine Nut Agrodolce Ancient Grain Polenta with Wild Mushrooms and Balsamic–Game Sauce Pairing: Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 2006 Dinner Angry Ahi Tuna Crudo with Crispy Basil, Garlic, Serrano Chilies, and Orange Pairing: Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV Roasted Butternut Squash with Porcini, Caramelized Shallots, Burrata, and Balsamic Caviar Pairing: Chiarello Family Vineyards

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On the Menu: December 12 through December 18

Beard HouseHere’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week:

Monday, December 13, 7:00 P.M. Delicious by Design Winner of this year’s JBF Award for Outstanding Restaurant Design, the Guggenheim’s stunningly chic Wright restaurant offers more than just breathtaking environs: its seasonal and distinctive menu, curated by David Bouley protégé Rodolfo Contreras, is lauded by diners and art lovers alike. Tuesday, December 14, 7:00 P.M. French with an Asian Twist South Carolina’s only Maitre Cuisinier de France (and one of the world’s youngest), Lyon native Nico Romo brings his je ne sais quoi and Asian accents to the sophisticated French cooking at Fish. A hot spot on Charleston’s restaurant scene, Fish is also

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