Monday, March 29, 2010

April Fools' Day Food Events -- No, Really

Posted By on Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 12:14 PM

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It seems as if we have turned more and more holidays into drinking events. Halloween is still months away, but as we find ourselves in the lull between St. Patty's and Drinko de Mayo, maybe we should co-opt April Fools' Day into an eating opportunity. Luckily, two Hillsboro Village eateries have offered you a head start.

Fan favorite Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan is throwing his third annual Karaoke for a Cure event Thursday night at Cabana. Finnegan and many of his Titan teammates are not afraid to make April Fools of themselves as participants can bid and dare them to tackle songs instead of ball carriers. Expect the typical fabulous food and drink options of a charity event at Cabana and take advantage of what is regarded as one of the best silent auctions in town.

Tickets are $100 ($80 tax deductible) and all proceeds go to benefit Cortland's ARK 31 Foundation and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Association's Man and Woman of The Year Campaign. For more information, head over to the foundation's website.

Just up the street, Chef Jeremy Barlow of Tayst will have an April Fools' Day Dinner featuring Giornarta wines (see the menu after the jump). This event will start at 6:30 p.m. with an introduction and talk by Brian Terizzi. The menu looks fantastic!

April Fool's Day

Giornata Wine Dinner

6:30 p.m. ~ $60 per person (excluding tax and gratuity)

Welcome Wine

2008 Broadside Chardonnay (Paso Robles, Calif.)

First tayst

Wild Salmon

rosemary, fiddleheads, verjus, beets

2007 Giornata "Gemmellaia" Sangiovese/Merlot/Petit Verdot (Paso Robles, Calif.)

Second tayst

Duck Confit

morels, thyme, grapefruit, red wine

2007 Giornata Aglianico (Paso Robles, Calif.)

Third tayst

Lamb Leg

rose, tobacco, gnocchi, lamb reduction

2006 Giornata Nebbiolo (Paso Robles, Calif.)

Sweet tayst

Chocolate truffle cake

crispy port wine, currant sorbet, mint cream

2008 Vinchio Vaglio Serra Brachetto (Piedmont, Italy)

Later in the month, Barlow is throwing one of his whimsical themed dinners with the return of his second annual School Food Dinner to raise money for the Growing Healthy Kids initiative of the Food Security Partners. Guest chefs, including Guerry McComas from the Yellow Porch, Will Ulhorn from F. Scotts, will join Chef Jeremy in the kitchen to goof on their versions of the favorite foods of first-graders and kindergartners of Glendale Elementary. It should be fun watching them raise chicken nuggets, fish sticks and mac and cheese to transcendent levels.

The dinner is scheduled for April 19, starting at 6 p.m. and will be $70 per person before tax and tip. $50 of each seat will go to the GHK.

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