Oh, Pair

Written by Isiah Kurz Category: Lifestyle Issue: October 2013
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Make a larder-libations love connection at these Valley restaurants’ pairing dinners.

The Capital Grille: Macallan Scotch Dinner
Pairing the potent, smoky, fermented flavor of Macallan’s single malt Scotch with food can be an all-out palate war, with the whisky overpowering the taste of virtually any dish. Luckily, executive chef Travis Garner and his epicurean

experts at The Capital Grille conduct a beautiful whisky-food pas de deux with a four-course pairing dinner that includes applewood-smoked duck breast, lobster bisque, buffalo rib-eye with “IPA jus,” and white peach butter cake. All’s fair in love and food-booze pairings – Capital’s consummate meal is capped with an after-dinner Nat Sherman cigar provided by the Cigar King. Thursday, October 24; $100 per person. 16489 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-348-1700,= thecapitalgrille.com

Beckett’s Table: Color Therapy Dinner
Beckett’s Table offers a feast for the eyes as well as the belly. The Color Therapy Dinner features vibrant foods and cocktails conceptualized by award-winning Chef Justin Beckett. Restaurant goers are asked to wear all white to match their plates and table so the colors of the food pop as much as the flavor. The five-course menu will be coupled with cocktails and wine, and will be determined by the availability of local, seasonal produce. The exclusive dinner has only 40 spots, and reservations are required. Monday, October 7; call for pricing. 3717 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-954-1700, beckettstable.com

Talavera at the Four Seasons Resort: Taste Series
Emphasizing the importance of pairing quality steak and seafood with fantastic wine, Talavera is featuring a “taste” series, enticing the taste buds to experience something innovative each month. Previously featuring Spanish tapas with wine and city-inspired “street food,” October’s pairing will focus on the soft flavor of rosé, blending its floral tones with dishes like poached octopus and veal strip loin. Friday, October 25; $85-$110 per person. 10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr., Scottsdale, 480-513-5085, talaverarestaurant.com

Cork: Monthly Wine Pairing
Cork is known as the restaurant with a little name and a muscular menu. The East Valley hotspot – which offers more than 400 wines and a romantic milieu to match – is typically closed on Sundays, but opens it doors the last Sunday of each month for patrons to indulge in a four-course meal and wine-pairing dinner. October dishes had yet to be announced at press time, but previous meals featured mushroom-themed and classic American dinners. Sunday, October 27; $45 per person, $15 extra for wine pairings. 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler, 480-883-3773, corkrestaurant.net