Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Creative, Authentic + Community Dining in March

Spring is just around the corner. Winter didn't make much of an appearance and soon we will be gaining more daylight which generally encourages me to get out and explore new dining options around the area. Here are a couple of local restaurant offerings that highlight creativity,  authenticity, and a great cause, coming up for the month of March.

C R E A T I V E :

To experience the cuisine of Executive Chef Scott Phillips',  more. kitchen & bar is now offering special Chef Experience dinners to patrons (parties of 6-8 only). Diners are asked to fill out a survey sharing their taste preferences and favorite styles of wines located at http://www.jmrkitchens.com/event-survey. A customized dinner menu includes four courses with wine pairings, created specifically for you and your party based on your answers. Dinner costs $65/person (not including tax/gratuity).

Call more. kitchen & wine bar to make your reservation for a Chef Experience dinner and be sure to fill out the survey in its entirety at least one week prior to your reservation.

We enjoyed our own personalized dining at more. last week! Our #ChefExperience dinner included a shrimp 'pho' for our first course, a surf & turf torched ribeye-torched ahi for our second course, brisket & swiss slider for our third course and a stuffed ricotta-feta pasta with caramelized shrooms and cauliflower cream for our fourth and final course. All dishes were paired with a hand picked wine that perfectly complimented each course. We finished with a banana foster cake truffle for dessert! Our group of six really enjoyed meeting the chef and being surprised with our own personalized dinner menu in a cozy setting in downtown Raleigh!

more. kitchen & wine bar is located at 116 N West St, Raleigh, NC 27603.


Sassool Mediterranean Cafe Announces Upcoming Authentic Lebanese Dinner To celebrate their Lebanese roots, the Saleh family is hosting an Authentic Lebanese Dinner on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7pm. Tickets are $30 per person for a three-course dinner at Sassool Mediterranean Cafe’s Cary location, 1347 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC 27511.

The three course menu is as follows:
Course 1: Lebanese Mezza Traditional Lebanese spread consisting of Mtabel (Roasted Eggplant with Garlic), Hummus, Tabouli, Sambousik, Kibbeh Nayeh, and Hot Pita

Course 2: Entree Stuffed Squash, Samkeh Harra (spicy fish), and Fried Cauliflower

Course 3: Dessert Kunafa with Pistachio, Atayef with Walnuts and Simple Syrup, Fresh Fruit, and Arabic Coffee

A glass of wine or beer will be served to each guest.
To purchase tickets, please visit https://www.paypal.me/Sassool/30.


And, if you hurry, there's still a few more rounds of the 2017 Inaugural Cooking For a Classic event with 100% of the net proceeds benefit the Lucy Daniels Center. Community collaboration among hospitality vendors, chefs, celebrity judges and dining guests!
  • Your evening includes six plated courses and six beverages by two chefs as well as the chance to bid on amazing chef-designed silent auction packages!
  • Vote anonymously along with celebrity guest judges to see who moves on to the next round!
  • All proceeds benefit the Lucy Daniels Center's mental health programs for children and families in the Triangle!
  • Doors open at 6pm for each event. The courses are served until about 8:45, when final voting takes place. After the winner is announced, guests can then meet and greet the competing chefs in the bar until 9:30pm
Tickets start at $50 (plus tax and gratuity)! 

Remaining Dates:
March 1: Jonathan Ballard/Sassool,Raleigh vs. Tom Havrish/Lugano Ristorante, Cary  
March 6: Adam Pettigrew/Pup's Steakhouse, Wilson vs. Teddy Klopf/Provenance, Raleigh  
March 7: Troy Stauffer/City Club Raleigh vs. RJ St. John/Bull McCabes, Durham

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