PlazacafeOn Monday, May 16th The Plaza Cafe will be playing host to Michael Silacci, head winemaker for Opus One Winery and five of Long Island most respected chefs for an Opus One wine dinner.

Chefs Michael Meehan, Culinary Director of the Peconic Bay Winery, John Montgomery who is currently planning a new restaurant, Tom Schaudel who owns and cooks at four of Long Island’s hottest restaurants, Blake Verity of the Muttontown Country Club, and, of course, Doug Gulija, chef and owner of the Plaza Cafe have put together this impressive menu:

Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2001
 The Plaza Café Canapes
1995 Opus One
Grilled Local Sword Chop with Braised Short ribs, Roast Garlic Polenta, Spring Vegetable Ragout and Red-Wine Foie Gras Reduction

1992 Opus One

Pan Roasted Jurgielewicz Duck Breast
with Duck Confit Shepherd’s Pie and Braised Endive
1999 Opus One

Grilled Lamb Porterhouse, Parsley Root Puree, Sweet Corn Relish,
and Red Wine Shallot Broth

2001 Opus One

Pancetta Wrapped Venison
with Toasted Potato Gnocchi, Black Trumpet Mushrooms, Saffron, Cinnamon and Ginger

Baron Philippe de Rothschild Sauternes 2001

Sauterne Poached Pear, Pistachio Financier, Marscapone Cream and Pear Sorbet

The cost is $250 per person and seating is limited. Call 631-283-9323 to reserve your spot.

I had the pleasure of meeting Doug Gulija a while back at a Chardonnay vertical tasting event and this guy REALLY knows his wines. It shows in his restaurant’s wine list and the impressive number of wine dinners he holds. I won’t be able to make this event…but I’m trying to convince him to co-host one with me sometime. Should be fun.