Rabbit, Boar, Elk and more! Tiki's Vintner Pairing Dinner
by Brian Berusch | January 24, 2013
Anyone who hasn't partaken in one of Chef Ronnie Nasuti's high-flyin', out-of-the-box specialty dinners is missing some flavor in their life. Some say Nasuti has "the best job in Hawaii," serving consistent, creative fare to masses of visitors in Waikiki at Tiki's Grill & Bar while enticing locals with his culinary "chops" during these signature, one-off events. Well, get your knives sharpened…
On Monday, March 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm, chef has an incredible-sounding menu to pair with wine proprietor Easton Manson, to pair Langtry and Guenoc vineyard wines with inventive dishes not typically found on the isles. Let's skip to the goods, eh?
Where most chefs might plateau or tone down with a fish dish here, Nasuti takes you over the falls in a barrel with...
Nasuti begins with an amuse bouche of Hawaiian opine shooters, bathed in yuzu ponzu, toasted kukui nuts and sea beans. (Pause, breath.) Here we'll sample Guenoc Lake County Sauvignon Blanc.
Next up, he'll plate plump day boat scallops with Big Island avocado, a salmon mousse, green tea beeline and uni butter. Still looking to see if we wrote "Tiki's"? Yep, all at the ever-evolving Waikiki hotspot. This dish calls for the slightly mineral-laden yet robust Guenoc Lake County Chardonnay.
Third course delves deep into the rabbit hole with, um, fresh Manoa rabbit confit gnocchi, english pea puree and carrot oil for a colorful and hearty dish. Guenoc comes in strong with a North Coast Claret 2010 here.
Where most chefs might plateau or tone down with a fish dish here, Nasuti takes you over the falls in a barrel with a fourth course of "Three game meats": Cervina elk with prickly pear mustard, Big Island wild boar sausage ragout, French lentils, kale chips and more. Langtry enters the bout with their Estate Petite Syrah, offering a flight of '05, '06 and '07 varietals.
He'll send you on your way with a chocolate trio (it's only fair) that features candied bacon (naturally), pot de creme and Macadamia nut truffle.
This event has very limited seating—not a surprise, at $59 per person.
Reserve your space at tinyurl.com/tikislgparty or call (808) 923-8454