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NEWS/ARTS | Vol. 23, No. 5, April 22, 2010
(Eat Guide 2010)

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Waterstone Vintner's Dinner

by Ashley Hardaway
No matter how great a meal is, it's difficult to fully appreciate the fare in a jarring setting. Subsequently, if the surroundings are grand, but the food overpriced and underwhelming, that too can ruin one's appetite. But when everything comes together -- that my friends, is quite like magic. And magic is coming to North Hill.

M&J Personal Selections featuring Waterstone Wines "wine guru" Brent Shortridge, is holding a five-course wine dinner at 1002 N. Baylen St. on Thursday, April 29. The event is taking place in one of North Hill's sprawling manors. Guests will be seated in various locations throughout the property, from the parlor to the back garden area, as they enjoy a specially created menu by Chef Jack McNulty.

McNulty, formerly of Big Sexy Food, has created a fantastic menu that "draws a lot of inspiration from the wines" he is pairing them with. "For instance, the Waterstone Pinot Gris reminded me of a little Italian restaurant, but also of the Pacific Rim. So I did a salmon sushi box with Italian polenta, instead of the traditional rice," he explained.

Other courses include sauteed soft-shell crab with roasted red pepper linguine, garlic and herbs paired with Waterstone's Chardonnay and the grilled Colorado lamb chops with spring sugar snap peas and pepper jelly paired with Waterstone's Pinot Noir.

But the main attraction is undoubtedly the Kobe beef short ribs, which are "incredibly tender and braised until they fall off the bone." The short ribs are served with a Bordelaise BBQ and broccoli mango slaw and paired with Waterstone's Cabernet Sauvignon.

For dessert, there will be chocolate pot du creme or lager beer biscuits with Zinfandel-soaked strawberries and Chantilly cream. Hungry yet?

WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 29
WHERE: 1002 N. Baylen St.
COST: $50
DETAILS: Reservations required. Email Chef McNulty at, or call 221-2323