Morton"s of Chicago, 41 E. Washington St., will hold a free wine tasting featuring wines from Robert Mondavi on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. Light hors d"oeuvres will be served. On Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003, you will be able to sample wines from California"s Honig Winery. Again, this event will run from 5:30ñ7 p.m. Light hors d"oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP to Morton"s at (317) 229-4700. Reservations for both events are limited. New Menu at Circle City Bar & Grille
Continuing with their program of promoting local produce and using the freshest available ingredients, Circle City Bar & Grille is launching its new winter menu.
Lunch highlights include: Potato-crusted salmon with wild mushrooms, winter vegetables and chive crËme fraÓche; Grilled Bratwurst Melt with melted Swiss cheese and bacon, served on a hoagie roll with horseradish mustard sauce; Open Faced Indiana Club with turkey, ham and tomatoes smothered in cheese sauce and topped with bacon, served on sourdough; duck and mixed greens salad accompanied by grilled pears and candied-walnut crusted goat cheese, served with a balsamic glaze.
New features on the dinner menu include: Braised Veal Osso Bucco with pearl pasta risotto, winter vegetables and truffled jus; pecan-crusted chicken breast over angel hair pasta, spinach, wild mushrooms and boursin cream sauce; grilled prawn and pasta over angel hair pasta with capers, basil, tomatoes and calamata olives; peppercorn-crusted tuna steak served on a bed of sauteed spinach and wild mushrooms, drizzled with horseradish and ginger soy.
New appetizers include: Petite Lobster Tails Tempura served with sesame rice noodles and cucumber slaw; seared sweetbreads and polenta served with apple-smoked bacon, tomato concasse, with a red wine reduction.
The dessert menu now includes: pumpkin brulee with fresh berries and chantilly cream; Warm Berry Glacage with seasonal berries, chocolate pastry cream, tuile cookie and hazelnut ice cream; Warm Apple Frangipan Tart served with cinnamon ice cream.
The Beaujolais Nouveau is out, and the verdict is pretty favorable overall, which bodes well for the traditionally-produced wines that will be released next year. The most readily-available Nouveau is from Georges Duboeuf. This year"s offering is bright and forward, with banana and bubblegum aromas, soft tannins and juicy, ripe fruit flavors. Not as widely available, but of a very fine quality is the Domaine Dupeuble from Kermit Lynch Imports. This is a more structured, earthy style that might lack the estery brightness of the Duboeuf but more than makes up for it with a firm backbone and food-friendly acidity. Both wines are available from better stores and should retail for under $10.