The folks at Jacob’s Creek hosted a dinner* for media and bloggers at one of my favorite Lombardi spots, Bistro 31, last Tuesday night. Featuring mostly sweet and/or sparkling wines, it’s like the dinner had been made just according to my tastes. Here’s what I loved most.
1) Bistro 31. I love the place. It’s Lombardi at his best. Beautiful, with delicious, simply prepared food and great service.
2) Upstairs. Hadn’t been upstairs since they added on to the original space. Love the open-air feel so much it didn’t even bother me that the area was full of blonde women. It is Highland Park, after all.
3) Tasty apps.
4) Jacob’s Creek Classic Moscato. I love, love, LOVE walking into a room and being greeted by a friendly face with a fluteful of sparkling wine. Not champagne. Sparkling wine. Please and thank you.
5) Jacob’s Creek Classic Rose Moscato. Pink is better.
I don’t know too much about wine, I admit. I’m a food person. And I’m a huge risotto fan. Not so much a fan les clams. I loved that they made for me a vegetarian version of the dish, sans clam. Sweet corn, earthy arugula and a kick from red chiles made the creamy goodness sing.
7) Duck breast.
Le quack was le good. It was perfectly cooked (as you can see), and paired with sour cherries and a celery root mash.
It was lovely and light. The almond cookie was my favorite part. Oh, and that Rose Moscato that came with it.
9) Our hosts at Bistro 31. Thanks to you lovely folks including Chef Eric.
10) Our hosts from Jacob’s Creek.
Meeting Alex and Ashley from the PR group and the Roberts from Jacob’s Creek was a treat. Everybody was happy to be there and share their bounty with us.
11) The decor in Bistro 31’s private upstairs dining room.
12) The bathroom!
Papered in fashion photography, the loo was looking good. Until I locked myself inside for 5 minutes by accident. I blame the wine.
13) Sharing good wine and good food with my good friends. Friends who will laugh when they get a text from you that says “Help. I’m stuck in the bathroom.”
*NOTE: This dinner was free with a capital “F.” And damn good with capitals “D” and “G!” It was also one of the least awkward, most enjoyable hosted dinners I’ve been to. Others should take note!