I naievely thought that pairing Chicago's several Michelin Star BYOB restaurants with my wine cellar was a dream come true. Pairing the wines that I liked best with someone who really could cook was in theory the best of all worlds. So I booked an anniversary dinner on Saturday an Bonsoiree.
Then they sent me the menu. Now I feel like a deer in headlights. I can pair 6 bottles of wine with their 6 courses...but I can't waste 6 bottles of wine just to have the right pairing with each course... So the question is what's the most efficient use of the bottles in our wine cellar to maximixe the pairings and the wine, (including desert)? Two bottles? A California Pinot and a Chianti Clasico Riserva? Three? A Caliifornia Syrah, a German Dry Rieseling, and and Australian Late Harvest Semillion? I think it's a pretty daunting and interesting question...and am wondering if anyone is willing to help? If you are willing to, thanks in advance.
Here is the menu for the Bonsoiree "July Underground" menu this Saturday:
1. Quick Pickled Albacore, English Cucumber & Seaweed Salad,
Rock Shrimp, Sake-Steelhead Roe & Soy Bean in Dashi Aspic, Umami Wontons
2. Tater Tots: Hashed & Mashed, Duck Yakitori, Sesame Oil Powder, Stewed Knob Onions & Rapini, Sour and Candied Orange Sauces
3. Charred & Chilled Watermelon Soup, White Chocolate and Corn-off-the-Cob Fritter, BBQ'd Yogurt, Salsify Slaw with Mint & Chervil, Pancetta Crisp
4. Porcini Pappardelle & Grilled eryngii in Bordelaise au Truffle Beurre, Slow-Poached Lobster, Asparagus Pudding, Chestnut Broth
5. Intermezzo: Textured Old Fashioned
Stages of Black Plum, "Puppy Chow", Guiness & Chocolate Ganache, Roasted Cocoa Nibs, Lime