Cena de Vino …or in other words, Spanish Wine Dinner!

I am thrilled to host our upcoming Cena de Vino at Rural Hill on Saturday, August 16, 2014! This will be the first wine pairing dinner of it’s kind here. I love food, and may possibly love wine even more, so I’m super excited to experience what Chef Tara and Sommelier Jordan have in store for us.

The Cena de Vino Menu:
The CENA DE VINO experience will feature five courses. The first course will be Croquetas de Jamon Serrano – Ham Croquettes. This will be followed by Gazpacho – chilled tomato soup with heirloom tomatoes, baby onions, grilled peppers, and smoked vinegar. The third course will feature Mediterranean Salad – a medley of artichokes, thin green beans, roasted red peppers, olives, and chickpeas with lemon herb vinaigrette. The main course will be Paella – a traditional rice dish with chicken, mussels, clams, chorizo, and herbs. The meal will conclude with a dessert of Flan served with berries. All courses will be paired with wine.

About Chef Tara:
Chef Tara Quinones love and passion for cooking came about as a child as she was fascinated watching her Grandfather “Papi” cook for hundreds of guests in his 75 acre summer resort in beautiful upstate NY. She is an alumnus of The Culinary Institute of America and has worked as a chef in West Palm Beach at the Four Seasons 5 Star Hotel, country clubs, as a private Chef in Boca Raton. Now in the Charlotte area, Chef Tara owns and runs her catering business and has worked as dining room manager, chef and general manager to several fine dining restaurants downtown Charlotte. It is her specialty to create custom menus designed especially for each client.

About Sommelier Jordan Wiley
North Carolina native, Jordan Wiley, has spent the past three years with European Cellars working closely with owner Eric Solomon at their Charlotte, North Carolina headquarters. Jordan studied wine with the Court of Master Sommeliers in addition to hospitality while attending the University of South Carolina. He has traveled to various winemaking regions including Napa, Italy, France, and Spain, visiting many of the properties imported by European Cellars.

About Eric Solomon, Owner – European Cellars:
As an importer, Eric Solomon is a champion of indigenous varieties and lesser known appellations with a knack for uncovering seriously delicious wines. Heralded by critics, including recognition as one of Robert Parker’s Wine Personalities of the Year, Food & Wine Magazine Best Importer, and Person of the Year at the 2008 Hospices du Rhone, Eric continues to seek out “the next big thing” and uncover the many treasures that lay hidden in the European landscape.

To make your reservations for the Cena de Vino at Historic Rural Hill, visit http://www.ruralhill.net.s

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