Monday, October 25, 2010

Try Some Big Italian Reds at Booze Camp at Amerigo

Posted By on Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 8:07 AM

Depending on how geeky you are, you may not have ever heard of Bar Camp or Pod Camp. As a full disclosure, I have many friends who help organize both events, where techie Nashvillians get together to swap ideas and best practices in the internet and technology realms.

But if you follow these events and their fans on Twitter or Facebook, it doesn't take too long to realize that they can get a little, how can I say this nicely ... self-involved. After tweet after tweet of Bar Camp planners sharing every iota of information of their planning process, ex-Mothership BBQ restaurateur Jim Reams made the tongue-in-cheek proclamation on Twitter that maybe he should start his own spin-off Bar Camp event and call it "Booze Camp."

It didn't take long for other followers to take up his idea and join the Booze Camp bandwagon. After several sold-out events, Reams and Booze Camp have found their groove as one of Nashville's favorite and most affordable drinking and eating events.

Not to say there's not some crossover between the Bar Camp and Booze Camp events, but now that this year's Bar Camp is over, if you wanna join the cool kids you might want to check out this week's Booze Camp event. Thanks to Amerigo owner-manager Doug Hogrefe, chef Hrant Arakelian and sous chef Dustin Rupoli, you can enjoy a pairing of four big Italian red wines and four amazing food pairings for just $20 per person.

Here's the menu they've put together:

Bruschetta of Grilled Calamari with almond picada and toasted orange peel

Parmesan Sformatino with a Mosto

Braised beef cheeks over house-made pici with roasted fall squash and fried turnip greens

Chocolate and Pistachio Torta with cherry compote

The wines being paired are:

Pieropan Soave Classico
Marchesi Biscardo Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa
Pieropan “Ruberpan”
Masi Costasera Am

That's a tough deal to beat on a Wednesday night, and at last count there were about 10 spots left at the table. To join them for an intimate evening of eating and drinking at an incredibly affordable price, visit the official Booze Camp website at I had to give up my spot at the table so I can babysit for my best friends that evening, so I hope some Bitester friends take my place and tell me how great it was.

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