The talented team that's doing extraordinary things at Enotria Restaurant and Wine Bar is really able to strut its stuff on special occasions. If you're wondering what all the recent fuss has been about -- and you're willing to pay big bucks to find out -- you might want to nab the last few spots for the 12-course $240-per-person New Year's Eve Dinner.
The event is sold out, but we've learned that the restaurant is opening up 10 more seats at the wine bar for last-minute reservations. Enotria is at 1431 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento. (916) 922-6792.
The team of Chef Pajo Bruich, pastry chef Edward Martinez and sommelier Matthew Lewis has put together a menu with wine pairings based on Bruich's research into how various cultures celebrate the New Year. The chef has given each of the 12 courses a themed title.
Here's a look at the menu, though based on personal experience, words don't do the food justice. The wines are in italics. The dinner is $150 and the pairings are an additional $90.
First Footings whisky | rice | oats âˆ’ 1992 En Tirage Extra Brut
Fortune caviar | turnip | uni âˆ’ Henriot Souverain Brut Champagne
Abundance Dungeness crab | bitter orange | rosemary âˆ’ 1988 Schloss SchÃ¶nborn Riesling
Joy lobster | dashi | buckwheat âˆ’ Jayson by Pahlmeyer Chardonnay
Motivation eel | jasmine | saffron âˆ’ Emilio Moro Cepa 21 Tempranillo
Health oat pasta | sunchoke | pine nut âˆ’ Damilano Leciquevigne Barolo
Wealth squash | truffle | olive oil âˆ’ Domaine Richou Les 4 Chemins Anjou
Luck pork | cabbage | black eyed peas âˆ’ Failla Hudson Vineyard Syrah
Wishes wagyu | ash | beet âˆ’ Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
Prosperity grapes | raisin | verjus âˆ’ Allegrini Palazzo della Torre Veronese
Laughter apple | vodka | phyllo âˆ’ Chateau Ste Michelle Late Harvest Chenin Blanc
Love chocolate | beet | cascara âˆ’ Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto d'Acqui
Executive Chef | Pajo Bruich
Wine Director | Matthew Lewis
Sous Chef | T Dy
Pastry Chef | Edward Martinez
Blair Anthony Robertson is The Bee's restaurant critic. Follow him on Twitter, @blarob.