Tour De France Wine Dinner, September 8

August 30th, 2016 Cookbook

Our own Tour de France on September 8 at 7 p.m. explores the sensory pleasures of France’s most renowned wine-growing regions. We will curate wines to accompany an exquisitely paired dinner from our culinary team.

The evening will showcase:

  • Champagne – Louis De Sacy Brut Grand Cru
  • Rosé – Burgundy Andre Gaston Puligny Montrachet
  • Provence – Mi Mi En Provence Grande Reserve Rosé, Côtesde Provence
  • Rhone – Domaine la Grand Ribe Côtes du Rhône Villages
  • Bordeaux – Chateau Clarke 2009 (Baron Edmond de Rothschild), Listrac-Medoc
  • Dessert – Château Guiraud Petit Guiraud, Sauternes

The five-course wine pairing dinner is $99. Please reserve soon at 239-434-7258 as space is limited. Sign up for our newsletter for updates.

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Amatrice. Help Us Help Them.

August 26th, 2016 Cookbook

We are a world away from the tragedy unfolding in Amatrice, Italy. Though we are not on the ground with relief efforts, we are doing what we know how to do: Cook for a cause. When you order Spaghetti Amatriciana, the signature dish of Amatrice, at our two Sea Salt restaurants (in Naples and in St. Pete) or at Barbatella in Naples, you will do a small part to help the victims of this week’s powerful earthquake and its many aftershocks. We will donate 100 percent of proceeds from each dish we serve of Spaghetti Amatriciana to help fund disaster relief efforts.

The dish is $25 for lunch or dinner. The restaurants open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. Dinner hours are 5 p.m. until 9 or 10 p.m.

Amatriciana is a 1,000-year-old pasta sauce that originated in Amatrice, located in the province of Lazio in the heart of Italy. The dish’s ingredients reflect the diet of local herders, and include guanciale (cured pork), pecorino and tomato. Our interpretation of the dish features a sauce of pomodoro, pancetta, onion, and pecorino. Before the earthquake hit on Tuesday, the people of Amatrice were preparing for the 50th anniversary of one of their most joyful events: a food festival celebrating their beloved Amatriciana dish.

To reserve at Sea Salt, call 239-434-7258 or book online.

To reserve at Sea Salt in St. Pete, call 727-873-7964 or book online.

To reserve at Barbatella, call 239-263-1955 or book online.

Our Spaghetti Amatriciana

Our Spaghetti Amatriciana

The Village of Amatrice, Before the Earthquake

The Village of Amatrice, Before the Earthquake

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Chateau Montelena Wine Dinner, August 26, 7 p.m.

August 25th, 2016 Cookbook

We’re celebrating a Napa Valley legend at our wine dinner tomorrow, August 26 at 7 p.m. The dinner will feature wines from the Chateau Montelena, one of Napa Valley’s most historic wineries with roots dating to 1882.

Chateau Montelena put California wines on the map at the famed 1976 blind tasting in Paris known as the “Judgment of Paris.” The wine world reeled when its 1973 chardonnay bested France’s finest wines, changing forever how the world viewed California wines.

Today, Chateau Montelena wines are still setting standards of excellence. We will taste chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, zinfandel, and cabernet sauvignon. Executive Chef Josh Zeman has created a tasting menu to accompany some of the winery’s most important, focused wines.

Chateau Montelena was unique in style for its era. Most regional wineries in the late 1800s were made of wood, but the Chateau is constructed of stone with walls three to twelve feet thick, which provides natural insulation against outside heat or cold. Also rare among Napa Valley wineries, the Chateau resembles an English Gothic castle gatehouse complete with rusticated stone walls, narrow arched windows, large arched door in the place of a portcullis, and bartizans with faux arrow slits.

From fruity to buttery, Napa Valley’s fertile soil produces flavorful wines and we have a flavorful menu to complement each taste.

Appetizer

Scallop Carpaccio

cucumber, plum, dill, tomato, yogurt , black sesame

Sauvignon Blanc

 

First Course 

Ling “uni” Carbonara

squid ink bottarga, uni butter, pecorino pepato

Chardonnay

 

Second Course 

Tuna “Bresaola”

whipped burrata, pickled shallot, crispy calamari, salumi emulsion

Zinfandel

 

Third Course 

Tongue & Cheek

braised veal tongue, beef cheek ravioli, grilled figs

brown butter potato mousse, saba vinagrette

Cabernet Sauvignon

 

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August 11 Wine Dinner: North v. South

August 8th, 2016 Cookbook

Regional differences in Italian wines are sometimes a mystery for the average consumer, so let your palate explore the differences between northern and southern Italian wines at our comparison wine dinner on Thursday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. The wines are expertly paired with a decadent four-course menu of Sea Salt originals. Each course will be served with a wine from the north and one from the south. Special guest Marcello Palazzi, Winebow Italian wine specialist, will guide guests through the diverse wines.

From the sommelier: “Until the late 1800s, Italy was made up of several autonomous countries. Each area in Italy boasts its own identity, whether in wine, food, fashion, tradition or landscape. However, one divide stretches through centuries — north vs. south. This distinction is worth knowing whether you’re a wine aficionado or new to wines.  Italy has a tremendous amount of gems to offer from both the Northern and the Southern regions. You’ll be the judge on which style your palate prefers.”

$75 per person, reservations required 239-434-7258. Read more here: http://conta.cc/2aVssOp

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