Saturday, April 10, 2010

Fenn Valley Winery Features Ethnic Winemaker Dinner

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An ethnic food extravaganza is scheduled April 24, at Fenn Valley Vineyards and Wine Cellar, 6130 122nd Avenue, Fennville, Michigan. The winemaker ethnic dinner takes you on a culinary excursion to Africa. The meal, prepared by Chef Christine Ferris, is as follows:

First: Tomato and beet salad with Injera. An earthy salad of roasted beets, tomatoes, red onions and a fresh lemon cumin dressing, garnished with cilantro and served with the traditional flatbread, Injera (spongy crepe like bread made with a sour teff flour sponge). Served with Cabaret Rose 2009.

Second: African peanut soup (Ghana). A spicy chicken stock based soup flavored with peanuts, red chilis, ginger and scallions. Served with Riesling 2009.

Third: Piri Piri shrimp (Mozambique). Grilled shrimp basted with a chili sauce and served in a creamy tomato, coconut sauce. Served with Edelzwicker 2009.

Fourth: Sosaties (South Africa). Grilled lamb kebobs marinated in an apricot jam, apple cider vinegar and curry blend then grilled and served o a bed of Moroccan spicy vegetable couscous with condiments on the side of ginger-dried apricot chutney and sweet and sour seckel pears. Served with Cabernet Franc 2008 and
Dry Riesling 2008.

Fifth: Date cookies (Tunisia). A saffron infused semolina dough which is deep fried with a date filling (infused with orange, clove, cinnamon and black pepper) then dunked in a honey syrup ... served with cinnamon orange sorbetto. Served with “42” Ice Wine.

The cost is $75 per person, which includes tax and tip. Space is limited, so reservations are required and are accepted beginning March 1. A brief cellar tour is offered at 6:00 followed by Sparkling wines and assorted cheeses at 6:30, and the dinner begins at 6:50.

Call (269) 561-2396 or e-mail

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