This week I had the opportunity to go to a Ste Michelle wine tasting at Sbraga in Philly. Kevin Sbraga, the season 7 winner of Top Chef, opened this wonderful little restaurant about 4 months ago, and they played host to the event. As an event planner here at Bear Creek we are also working on our own wine dinner that will be held on April 13th the night before our Spring Wine & Food Festival. So I wanted to experience what an established wine company did for their event.
I had not been to Sbraga before so I was excited to try his cooking. Our Executive Chef, Michael Greenstein, accompanied me on this outing and when we arrived we staked out some prime seats at the counter over looking the display kitchen. The restaurant is small, it seats just 65, but it is on a prime corner of Broad Street and is full of light and has a beautiful interior. The first course was a seafood dish and the broth was just divine, course two was rabbit served on bread pudding with lentils, dates and Brussels sprouts. I have to admit I would never order this and I have never had rabbit, but in Chef Sbraga’s hands it was a wonderful juxtaposition of flavors with the juicy meat, the dense bread pudding and the savory lentils peppered with sweet dates, this is one dish I will go back for! The rest of the courses were just as lovely and we had a chance to really taste the west coast wines both by themselves and paired with foods. What a wonderful way to spend a day getting to try new and wonderful dished and wines!
This is the same feeling I want for our guests at our wine dinner and I hope that everyone who gets a chance will join us at the resort on April 13th. The theme? France vs. Italy: A side by side comparison of 4 regions. For a full menu listing of the Bear Creek Wine Dinner, click here.