Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Isabella’s Estiatorio's Wine Dinner

Geneva, Ill., is a great town to visit. There's the river to take walks and the downtown area is cute with shops. Swedish Days just happened this past weekend, which is always fun to sample different foods and visit street vendors.

But, above all, Geneva boasts a number of great restaurants. One is Isabella’s Estiatorio, which is hosting a dinner event this coming Wednesday, June 27—with Landmark Vineyards Wine ($85 per person; 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.)

Here's a peek at the menu:

Baked Cod, paprika pork belly, baby squid & chick peas
2005 Landmark Vineyards, Chardonnay,”Overlook”

Roasted Beet, Manouri, Candied Walnut Salad, Chive & Walnut Dressing; Orange Crème Fraiche
2004 Landmark, Chardonnay, Lorenzo Vineyard

Copper River Wild Salmon Pine wood scented, leeks gratin, fig jam, pine nuts pesto
2004 Landmark, Pinot Noir, Kastania Vineyard

Aegean spiced Kobe Short Ribs, creamy grits, roasted peaches, Kalamata olives, cured Meyer lemon
2003 Landmark Syrah “Steel Plow”, El Farolito Vineyard

Cambozola cheese cake with fresh glazed apricot
2003 Landmark, Chardonnay, Damaris Reserve

I'd go just to eat some more Copper River wild salmon...the fish is in season for a short time (I've already had it twice within the last week...once at Shaw's downtown Chicago and once at home). The fish is so fatty and full of flavor! Get some while you can!

If you want to read more about the winery, visit ww.landmarkwine.com/story.html; and if you want to learn more about Isabella’s Estiatorio, visit www.isabellasgeneva.com.

The restaurant is located at 330 W. State St. (630/845-8624)...call for reservations.

Happy Eating! Mr. Foodie