Don't mourn Philippe Ruiz's departure from the Biltmore just yet; it seems he's got a few surprises still in store, like a much ballyhooed Mondavi wine dinner at Palme d'Or next Tuesday, January 17. And guess who's gonna be in town talking about the heavenly liquid that makes us all swoon? Napa Valley winemaker and proprietor of Charles Krug, Peter Mondavi Jr. His winemaking philosophy, we're told, is "to be true to the variety and land, be minimally invasive, and have balance and honesty, and to produce a wine that is to be enjoyed at the meal, with food." Sold.
Now then, we're not going to tell you the entire menu five-course Ruiz has planned, but suffice it to say it includes shaved and cured foie with sweet Indian curry, farm-raised roasted squab filet (guess he didn't opt to barbecue it like Chopped champ Giorgio Rapicavoli did on Tuesday night's episode), roasted venison chop alongside crispy polenta and grand veneur sauce, and l'opera cake for dessert.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. dinner are $150 for non-members and can be ordered by calling 305-913-3201.
Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.