Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Carnivore's Delight with Chef Frank Magana & Alexandria Nicole Cellars

On November 1st in Seattle's Madrona neighborhood, look out for skyrockets in flight, a Carnivore's Delight.

Frank Magana has been the unofficial chef of Washington Wine Country for some time if you ask me. I know there are several culinary sharpshooters here in Washington, Seattle mostly, but what's different about Frank is that he went to Wine Country, as opposed to just serving Washington wines in a Seattle establishment. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) Frank's former restaurant Picazo 717 was long the go-to establishment for wine country travelers and and wine industry folks around the Tri-Cities, Red Mountain and Prosser. Frank's efforts and investment in the has been acknowledged and awarded by both winemakers and the Washington Wine Commission. Frank is also a friend of mine, and one helluva guy, so go see him.

Really, my only issue with Frank is that he's over there, in Prosser, making it much tougher to eat his food than I'd like it to be, what with me being in Seattle and all. Frank is now the executive chef at Alexandria Nicole Cellars , and he's bringing his show on the road, here, to Seattle. He's throwing a party pairing the wines from Alexandria Nicole's Destiny Ridge vineyard with a meal that seems appropriate. The Alexandria Nicole wines tend towards masculine, dark and brooding, so in that spirit, Frank is cooking up four courses for meat lovers, vegetarians need not apply.

The Carnivore's Delight will be hosted at the Glassy Baby studio in Madrona. "I'd like to bring a little bit of wine country to my west-side friends who can't make it to the sunny side as much as they'd like to." In an effort to highlight the Alexandria Nicole winemaker Jarrod Boyle's wines and their estate vineyard Chef Frank has prepared a "feast highlighting some of my most favorite beasts." (Bonus points for the rhyme Frank.) I haven't seen the menu but the ad shows silhouettes of duck, lamb, pigs, and cows. Old MacDonald is going to be one sad dude come November 2nd.

The Carnivore's Delight will feature hedonism for a good cause, appetizers along with four courses, all meat, and ANC wines paired with each. Tickets are $85 for the event with proceeds going to benefit the Seattle Children's Hospital and you can purchase tickets here. (Prizes for best costume, but I wouldn't dress up like a farm animal if I were you.)


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