Sunday, February 21, 2010

Fish and Wine Dinner @ Area 31

Right now Thursday may seem far off but sometimes you need to plan ahead.
Especially when it comes to Chef John Critchley’s four-course sustainable seafood dinner. It's taking place in conjunction with the South Beach Wine and Food Fest but it's not part of the official schedule. (It's also a bit more affordable than some of the SBWFF dinners.) The menu includes locally caught fish like Seared Key West Yellowtail Snapper with salsa verde and chestnut puree and House Smoked Local Kingfish Croquettes with avocado cream each paired with a boutique wine. We were privy to a media tasting a little while back and were impressed with the yellowtail dish and the creamy chestnut puree, something that should get a lot more exposure given how well it complimented the mild fish. The dinner starts at 8:30 but if you get there for the 7pm pre-reception you can pre-party on paella and crudo stations paired with beer, wine and sake.
Mango and Lime has a great rundown of the preview dinner here.
The dinner takes place February 25, 7-11pm, $175, 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, 305-424-5234.

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