Area 31, which has quickly established itself as one of Miami's best seafood restaurants, will host a dinner called Fish + Wine on Thursday, February 25, during the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Executive chef John Critchley and master sommelier Emily Wines have put together a doozy of a four-course dinner -- boutique wines paired with fresh, sustainable seafood sourced from the waters of the UN-designated Area 31 fishing region and produce from local growers such as Paradise Farms in Homestead and Swank Farms in Loxahatchee.
We were fortunate to get a taste of the tasting menu and can vouch
for its delectability -- as well as that of the wines, especially this fresh, non-oaky Arbois Chardonnay with nutty notes that paired well with the chestnuts under the Key West snapper:
The event will commence at 7 p.m. with exhibition stations of
paella, crudos, and cured fish paired with selections of beer, sake, and
cocktails. Seemingly already-sated guests will be seated at 8:30 p.m.
for a four-course "duet" menu with wine pairings -- each course
composed of two tasting dishes complemented with the same wine. For
example, one course will feature the aforementioned yellowtail along with house-smoked kingfish croquettes and avocado cream -- paired with the Arbois Chardonnay. The dinner promises to "serve as a delicious education on
Area 31's locally caught fish as Emily Wines will offer explanations
and tips from her 'duet' pairings of all eight tastings."
Price is $175 per person, and proceeds will benefit the Marine Mammal Conservancy. Seating is limited to 150 people.
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Area 31 is located on the 16th floor of Epic Hotel, 270 Biscayne
Blvd. Way., Miami. For more information and reservations, call 305-424-5234.
To guarantee reservations, credit card information will be taken at the
time of booking.