When is a restaurant not a restaurant? When it's Room Forty, a 'restaurant without walls' that hosts winemaker dinners in alternative venues and also does private catering. They work with winemakers to create events in an undisclosed, non-restaurant environment. Each month features one winemaker and several dinners, usually one in Los Angeles and one in Orange County. February's winemaker is Russell From, owner and winemaker of Herman Story Wines. From was one of the first winemakers to work with Room Forty and makes Santa Barbara wines including Syrah and Grenache. Tickets are $150 and upon confirmation of your ticket purchase, you will receive an email with location specifics.
The Flagstaff House Restaurant which overlooks Boulder, Colorado is hosting a wine tasting dinner with Michael Silacci the winemaker for Opus One Winery on April 7. Executive Chef and Partner Mark Monette will prepare five courses from Flagstaff House menu matched with Opus One wines. The feast begins with hors d' oeuvres and Gosset "Grand Rose" Brut NV Champagne, then a salad of baby arugula and cured salmon with the Cakebread Sauvingon Blanc 2003, next up is a pheasant breast, crispy noodle wrapped with ragout of braised cabbage and pheasant with the 1984 and 1994 Opus One, followed by the chef's version of steak and eggs with the1995 Opus One and finally a buffalo fillet and foie gras Wellington with black trumpet mushrooms and a sweet onion tart with a sauce of black truffles partnered with the 2002 Opus One. Leave room for dessert, it's a Valrohna chocolate strudel served with 1994 Dow Vintage Port. This impressive meal costs $175 and space is limited.