Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Taverna Opa's summer wine dinner series returns this week

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 3:13 PM

click to enlarge Taverna Opa's Greek salad. - PHOTO COURTESY TAVERNA OPA
  • photo courtesy Taverna Opa
  • Taverna Opa's Greek salad.
Sometimes we crave ice cream. Sometimes we crave pizza. Sometimes we crave five-course, wine-paired tasting menus. At Taverna Opa this summer, their wine dinner series returns on Thursday, June 25 (with following dinners on July 30 and August 27). This year's theme: Air, Land and Sea.

The dinner this week follows the "Air" theme with a menu featuring quail (a primarily ground-dwelling bird, but no matter) and chicken (in the "airline" style? Hmm). Those courses are flanked by heirloom tomato salad, a cauliflower dish with hummus, and Greek yogurt ice cream with honey and pistachios. All courses are paired with Benziger wine (btw, the Benziger winery has a pretty interesting backstory), except the dessert, which is paired with a Luc Belaire champagne. (Menu below.)

The five-course evening will set you back $45 each, which comes out to $9 a course (a relative steal in a town where $13 burgers are becoming the norm).

Make reservations by e-mailing eatgreek@opaorlando.com, then show up by 6:45 for plenty of eating, drinking, belly dancing, table dancing and Dionysus-worshipping. 

1: Tomatosalata – Heirloom tomatoes, watercress, imported feta cheese, olive oil and lemon juice
paired with Benziger sauvignon blanc
2: Kounoupidi – Cauliflower with hummus crust
paired with Benziger chardonnay
3: Ortikia – Quail with oregano and lemon
paired with Benziger cabernet sauvignon
4: Kotopoula – Airline chicken breast with avgolemono sauce, artichoke and spinach
paired with Benziger merlot
5: Yiaourti Pagoto – Greek Yogurt ice cream with honey and pistachios
paired with Luc Belaire rosé Champagne

click to enlarge Hummus, Taverna Opa-style. - PHOTO COURTESY TAVERNA OPA
  • photo courtesy Taverna Opa
  • Hummus, Taverna Opa-style.

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