Elsberry particularly enjoys getting the creative current moving by matching ethnic cuisines with appropriate wines, usually resulting in some unusual twists. Last year, he sold out his Italian-, French- and Spanish wine-pairing dinners.
Now he's ready for the next one, with a German theme. It's planned from 6 to 9 p.m. May 20. The cost is $75 per person, with reservations at (916) 452-3896. The previous wine dinners filled up fast, so...
Evan's Kitchen is at 855 57th St., Sacramento, in the Antiques Mall; www.chefevan.com.
The German dinner looks like this; note that all wines are from Frog's Tooth winery in Murphys (www.frogstooth.com).
First course: shrimp in dill cream
Served with 2011 pinot grigio
Second course: split pea soup with Black Forest ham laced with coriander, cumin and ginger
Served with 2011 meritage white
Third course: roasted pork shanks
Served with 2010 barbera
Fourth course: slow-cooked marinated roast beef with spiced and braised red cabbage, curried butternut squash, and potato pancakes with apple salsa
Served with 2009 malbec
Dessert: apple strudel
Served with 2011 dulcinea