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Restaurant nibbles: New restaurants opening, a wine tasting and a wine dinner menu

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on May 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm | No Comments »
May 7, 2010 6:02 am

From my reporter’s notebook, I’ve collected all kinds of odds and ends in the South Sound restaurant world: The opening of the Harmon Tap Room is next week, Bella Kitchen Essentials cooking store is opening May 22 in Gig Harbor, the tea room at the Urban Exchange opened this week. Also, there are plenty of events happening. Farrelli’s is hosting dough tossing classes, Chambers Bay Grill is holding its first wine dinner and there’s a spring wine tasting in Ashford next weekend. Click “more” to read the details.


The Harmon Tap Room is still on schedule to open May 14. The folks at The Harmon are writing a blog about the process of the opening. Read it here. The restaurant and brew room will be located at 204 St. Helens, Tacoma. Read more about the opening at the Facebook page here.

Bella Kitchen Essentials, a cooking implements store, opens in Gig Harbor May 22. Check for progress on the cooking store here.

A tea counter has opened at The Den inside the Urban Exchange on Pacific. Tea fans should click here.


May 7: The Hub’s Pray For Sun annual party is tomorrow, May 7. Check details here.

Throughout May: Pizza school: Farrelli’s Wood Fired Pizza is having dough tossing classes at several of its stores. Classes will be May 10 in Sumner, May 17 in Parkland, May 24 in DuPont and June 7 in Tacoma. For more information, call the individual restaurants. Find Farrelli’s contact information here.

May 14: Chambers Bay Grill will host its first wine dinner at 7 p.m. May 14. They’ll feature the wines of Chandler Reach. For reservations, call 253-460-4653 ext. 112. More details are here. Scroll down for a sneak peak at the menu.

May 15: Mark your calendars for a wine tasting at the Mountain Haus @ Whittaker Mountaineering, 30027 Hwy 706 E., Ashford. The tasting will be from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. and will feature the wines of Flying Dreams, Stringtown Cellars and Stina’s Cellars. From the press release, “Meet the Vintners. Leroy Radford from Flying Dreams Winery will be pouring his artisanal wines, John Adams from Stringtown Cellars will be serving handcrafted reds and whites and Perry Preston from Stina’s Cellars will be showcasing three of his wines.” Find more details here.

Here’s the menu for the Chandler Reach Wine Dinner at Chambers Bay Grill (from their Facebook page):

Join us Friday, May 14, 2010, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for this exclusive event.

Executive Chef, Dustin Joseph, will prepare the following menu paired with Chandler Reach award-winning wine:

~1st course~
Pan roasted sea scallop with wild mushroom ragout, Pecorino Romano wedge, rosemary Beurre blanc and sweet lemon caviar
Wine pairing ~ 2009 Viognier

~2nd course~
St. Helens beef tenderloin Carpaccio with frisee and spinach salad, Pecorino Romano crisps and 20 year old balsamic vinegar
Wine pairing ~ 2006 Monte Regalo (Cabernet, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc)

~3rd course~
Sundried tomato braised Kobe short ribs with oregano infused creamy polenta, crisp eggplant and sauce bordelaise
Wine pairing ~ 2004 Parris Estate Reserve Sangiovese

~4th course~
Bourbon vanilla bean poached peach with strawberry-basil sorbet and chili roasted peanuts
Wine pairing ~ 2007 Monte Dolce (Sangiovese Rose)

$65 per person plus tax and gratuity
Seating is extremely limited and reservations are required.
Call 253-460-4653 ext. 112 to reserve your seats

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