the winds READER march and april 2009 large plates Seared Skate with Mushroom Vinaigrette & Dried Corn Ragout Grilled Lamb Chops with Moroccan Garbanzo Bean Salad Braised Duck Leg with Figs, Rum and Lemon Winds Steak Frites with Maitre’d Butter Olive Oil Poached Wild Striped Bass with Tangerine Vanilla Sauce Portabello Charmoula with Vegetable Tangine & Apricot Vinaigrette smallplates Indian Nibble with Almond Sauce and Chutney The Real Deal French Onion Whole Fresh Artichoke with Remoulade Winds Charcuterie Plate Salmon with Black Pasta Pork Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce with Warm Flour Tortillas Lima Beans and Mussels with Spanish Spices lunch Vegetable Pot Pie with Cheddar Crust Winds Steak Frites with Maitre’d Butter Thank the Goddess Salad Bye Bye Fidel Sandwich Hangtown Fry La Boqueria Stew www.windscafe.com bistrodinners available tuesday through thursday include quartino of wine, dessert, coffee or tea $26. March 3-5 Jamaican Jerk Chicken March 10-12 Ravioli with Domestic Shrimp “Scampi-Style” March 17-19 Rani’s Guiness Meat Loaf with Mashed Potatoes March 24-26 Mussels with Green Apple, Tarragon, Garlic & Cream March 31-April 2 Wild Mushroom Stroganoff April 7-9 Moroccan Lamb Stew April 14-16 Persian Roast Chicken with Pomegranate Syrup April 21-23 1st of the Season Asparagus & Spring Onion Crepes April 28-30 No bistro – Provence Dinner May 5-7 Grilled Fish with Romesco & Paella Rice special dinners Spanish Dinner March 24th Spanish Tortilla with Whiskey Sauce Mackeral with Fabada Beans Grilled Sirloin with Cabrales Butter, Lamb Meatballs with Romesco and Cumin Scented Chicken Thigh Shot of Fresh Juice with Chopped Fruit Spanish Cheeses Creme Catalan 55./person 65./person with wine pairings Southern French Dinner April 28th & 29th Brandade Fritter Baked Sardines with Breadcrumbs, Capers, Parsley, Garlic & Lemon Truffled Duck White and Green Asparagus Salad French Cheeses Baba au Rum with Fresh Strawberry Salad 55./person 65./person with wine pairings www.windscafe.com events guests (you’re the best, Lisa) or a vendor tells me to forget paying January’s bill because it was such an awful month and we’ve been such a good customer over the years (thanks a million, Cathy). These are the blessings and many more that happen in my world. I suspect these don’t happen in corporate restaurants. The months ahead will be tricky for everyone. We are well aware customers are eating out less often and that our business is considered a luxury. In the months Austrian Wine Tasting & Luncheon ahead when you do go out, please think about where your money with David Schildknecht is going. Consider spending it at an independent restaurant that March 14th Saturday 12:00 pm sources local ingredients, invests in its community and cares about Join David Schildknecht for a very educational and its employees. insightful tasting of wines from Austria’s finest estates. featured wines We will taste the latest releases from Alzinger, Nikolaihof, Schloss Gobelsburg and more and of course, Kim will provide a dazzling array of Austrian inspired dishes. Cost is 40./person. Wine & Small Plates Party to Benefit Culture Works Bodegas Volver 2005 Tempranillo 17.99- This delicious 100% Tempranillo from La Mancha will be just the wine to get you April 2nd Thursday 6:30-8:00 pm through those last few dreary Ohio nights. The lushly textured wine Culture Works is Greater Dayton’s United Arts Fund (UAF). is full of dark cherry fruit with soft tannins, made for an American Their mission is to provide funds and services to strengthen palate. Think Napa Cabernet made with Tempranillo. You might the arts & culture in the Miami Valley. Tickets for the event consider watching the Spanish film Volver by Pedro Almodóvar can be reserved at 222-ARTS (2787), the Culture Works with this wine. It will make you feel a whole lot better about your Office. Funds raised will go into the own family dynamics. 2009 Campaign for the Arts. Bodegas Ateca 2007 Atteca 18.99- Made from 100% Garnacha, Spanish Wine Tasting the winemaker’s notes says the wine is produced from vines April 3rd Friday 7PM ranging in age from 80-120 years. Black fruits abound...blackberry, We will taste a selection of red and white wines and also boysenberry and black cherry. Prolonged licorice finish with hints of black pepper spiciness. The 2007 vintage has been rated by Tanzer a sherry or two. Kim will provide some delicious Spanish- 91 points and Wine Spectator 90 points. What’s really important is inspired dishes from the Winds kitchen. I agree. 45./person. Call 937-767-9441 for reservations and information. This is an incredible wine for the price. Easter Brunch Cellar Can Blau 2006 Monstant 17.99 -A blend of 40% Carinena, April 12th Sunday 10AM-2PM 40% Syrah, and 20% Garnacha, this inky wine could be considered Make your Easter Brunch reservations. a poor person’s Priorat. Dinner & Winetasting with Milla Handley La Gitana Manzanilla Sherry 500ml 14.99 -This is one of those wines that hold a lot of nostalgia for me. Whenever I drink La of Handley Cellars Gitana I think of my friend Ethan. When I first moved to town in April 17th Friday 7PM the seventies, one of the first people I met was Ethan Thomas. Aside www.handleycellars.com. The cost is 55./person. from being incredibly handsome, he also was incredibly smart and Call 767-9441 for reservations and details. very, very funny. To this day, there is no one that can make me laugh until I beg for mercy the way Ethan can. I credit him with first lighting my “Spanish loving” spark. He had lived in Spain for Austrian Weekend a few years after high school and was very fluent in Spanish and April 17th-18th 5-10PM absolutely loved the food. At this point in my life the furthest I’d Featuring Austrian-inspired dishes and Austrian wines. ever been from home was Pennsylvania, I’d never flown in a plane At the Winds Café. Call 767-1144 for reservations. and I certainly had no idea there was such a thing as dry sherry you drank icy cold as you munched on salty almonds. It was (and still is) an epiphany. YSKP and Chamber Music Benefit May 11th Monday Lustau Moscatel Emilin 15.99 -A rich concentrated dessert wine The YS Kids Playhouse and Chamber Music Yellow Springs with the distinctive flavour of the Moscatel grape. Smooth and join together May 11th to host a benefit dinner, A Classic mellow with a very clean aftertaste. Night in Monaco. The themed dinner blends YSKP’s 2009 summer production of James Bond: A Price to Pay and Lafage 2006 Cote Sud Rouge 12.99 CMYS’s focus for 2009-10: Children and Chamber Music. Lafage 2007 Cote Est Blanc 12.99 Complete with themed drinks, upscale casino flair, door These two wines from Eric Solomon Selections will delight your prizes, and everything shaken, not stirred. Tickets are $55 budget and your palate. The Cote Sud Rouge is 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache Noir and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon with just a smidge per person and can be purchased by calling 767-2259. of oak aging to add a bit of fleshiness. The Cote Est Blanc is 60% For more information visit www.yskp.com. Grenache Blanc & Gris, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Marsanne. The wine is all stainless steel fermented and is deliciously zingy. Both Luncheon and Winetasting with Ranier Lingenfelder wines satisfy a household niche...they’re under $15.00 and they May 22nd Friday 11:30AM make my French/Croatian partner swoon. Cost is 35/person. For reservations and more information call 937-767-9441. Domaine de Dragon 2006 Cuvee St. Michel 18.99 A few years back this was one of my red wine staples. I always kept a bottle around because it goes with everything. It’s great with pizza, fabulous with macaroni and cheese and will make an hello, ordinary roast chicken or steak dinner seem like an elegant feast. Black and purple fruits dominate and draw me back for more. It’s spring like an old love...familiar, I know it’s strengths and limitations. The wine is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Syrah and 10% Grenache and offers one of the best red wine values around. But alas, I lost touch with this wine and hardly gave it another thought as I tried and became attached to others (I know, I’m kind of slutty that way). Thankfully, spring is almost here. The blessing is twofold as the earth warms, turns green and lush, I’m reminded how lucky I am to live in Mas de Gourgonnier 2006 Les Baux de Provence 17.99 the greatest town on Earth. It’s easy to forget as KIm and I struggle My love affair with this wine spans over a decade. The first time I to keep the Titanic Winds Cafe dodging icebergs of broken garbage saw the funny, squat shaped bottle, I had to give it a try. It’s been disposals, snowy weekends and financially strapped customers. Just love ever since. The 2006 is a blend of 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, when you think you might sink, a long time employee offers to work 33% Carignane, 20% old-vine Grenache and 10% Syrah. It’s 100% a day every pay period for free (bless your heart, Kathy) or an already organic with oodles of flavor and that definite Provence vibe. Why, great customer comes in 3 times during the weekend and brings oh why, was I born in Southern Ohio instead of Southern France?
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