Grapes and Small Plates returns to Winston Salem during the month of April for its second annual food and wine event. This culinary event is an opportunity to try a great local restaurant at a really reasonable price. Last year we discovered Cimarron and The District, both of which became immediate favorites during Grapes and Small Plates. So as soon as I saw the event advertised again this year, I started scoping out all the new restaurants I could try. This year’s event goes to a new level by partnering with local wineries and creating pairings for their menu.
The event started Tuesday, April 2. There are 11 participating restaurants and five participating wineries.
We started this year’s event by going back to Cimarron. To my surprise, they actually had someone from Childress Vineyards there pouring samples of the wines they had on the menu. They were pouring the Childress Merlot, Chardonnay and Syrah as well as “3″.
Hubby ordered Prime Rib for his “small plate” and paired it with Childress Syrah. His dinner was served with Au Jus, Horseradish Cream Sauce and Sautéed Vegetables, served with warm bread and a fresh basil olive oil dip.
I selected Flank Steak marinated in a Sriracha, Lime, Cilantro and Cumin Sauce, then grilled. This was served with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Mashed Sweet Potatoes. I also paired mine with the Childress Syrah.
Each of our menu items was only $12. The wine was $6 per glass. We had a gourmet dinner for only $36. The great thing about Grapes and Small Plates is that each restaurant prepares a special menu for each week, not just a special item. You have several choices at each restaurant and the menu changes weekly. It has been my experience with “Restaurant Week/Month” that each restaurant only offers one item for each night so this is a real treat.
Another added feature this year is a kiosk set up at each participating restaurant for donations to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
I already have a restaurant picked out for next week, but you will have to wait. It is a surprise, and I have never eaten there so it should be fun!
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