Wine Dinner Toasts to France at Gerard’s on May 20
By Erica Garza
It seems every restaurant these days is having a pairing dinner. From the Four Seasons to the Grand Wailea to Japengo to I’o, the concept is certainly a fashionable one. After all, in a place like Maui, where fresh cuisine meets inspiring settings time and time again, the idea of lingering over a multiple-course dinner and sampling fine spirits doesn’t sound too bad.
That’s why it isn’t surprising that Gerard’s, Lahaina’s celebrated French eatery, is hosting yet another wine pairing dinner on May 20, this one influenced by Rhone/Provence. However, Gerard’s didn’t just jump on the bandwagon. This wine pairing dinner is one of many; past events have featured wine and food from both Loire Valley and Burgundy. And there simply is no better commander-in-chief to trust in the wine pairing dinner than owner Gerard Reversade, who is from Gascony and naturally shines at events that highlight the food and the wines of his country. Still, being that the dinner will take place on Maui, there are sure to be island innovations, starting with beef from Maui Cattle Co. and lavender from Kula.
The menu will feature:
Truffle Duxelles in Puff Pastry
Clos Ste Magdelaine,
Cassis Blanc, Provence, 2008
Island Fish Bourride with sauce Rouille and croutons
Cotes de Provence Rose, 2008
Haleakala Ranch Lamb Daube with pasta
Chateauneuf du Pape,
Chateau de la Gardine, 2004
Lavender ice cream with coconut/macadamia nut cookie
Domaine de Durban,
Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, 2008
The dinner will begin at 6pm and cost $75 per person. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information about Gerard’s, located at 174 Lahainaluna Road in Lahaina, please call (808) 661-8939.
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