Eat, drink, and be proud

Published July 17, 2021, 9:00 PM

by Manila Bulletin

Chef Allan Briones creates a sublime five-course dinner around the wines of Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery

NURTURING FILIPINO TALENT Old Manila Chef de Cuisine Allan Briones

The 2021 Old Manila Wine Dinner Series continues, featuring Old Manila Chef de Cuisine Allan Briones creating a lovely five-course degustation menu paired with wines from Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery at the Old Manila at the Peninsula Manila.

This will be the second time this year that Briones is collaborating with an award-winning vineyard and winery, and creating a dinner around the fruit of the grape. He and his culinary team will prepare a post-summer meal using fresh seasonal ingredients that highlight their culinary strengths.

During the five-course dinner, select fine wines and Champagnes will be paired with each course. Guests will also have the unique opportunity to “meet” Spottwoode Estate president and CEO Beth Novak Milliken who will be streaming live from Napa Valley, as well as Chef Allan and his team, and ask questions about the wines and dishes they will be enjoying.

Reflective of Old Manila’s attitude, culinary innovation, and support of local businesses, the menu includes dishes such as a goat cheese and crab tart, which uses artisanal goat cheese crafted in Butuan and crabs harvested from the waters off the coast of Sulu. Also on the menu, a primavera truffle risotto, Mediterranean dry-aged lamb burger on a rosemary brioche, wagyu parmentier with potato textures, and dark chocolate and orange crémeux.

The wines to be featured at the five-course dinner are Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve N.V., which pairs well with the risotto, Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc 2019, perfect with the goat cheese and crab tart, Spottswoode Lyndenhurst Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, which should bring out the best of the burger, Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, great with wagyu, and Spagnol Col Del Sas Valdobbiadene Extra Dry for the wrapup.

The menu includes dishes such as a goat cheese and crab tart, which uses artisanal goat cheese crafted in Butuan and crabs harvested from the waters off the coast of Sulu.

The Old Manila Wine Dinner Series’ mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor Filipino talent in collaboration with world-renowned winemakers, making food culture more delicious, diverse, and even sustainable for everyone. It is also a “performance space” for guest chefs whose talents are evidenced by national or regional reputation and use of high quality, seasonal, and/or local ingredients.

The dinner will be held on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 6:30 pm at Old Manila at the Peninsula Manila. Pre-paid reservations are required as there is very limited seating. Call +63 (2) 8887 2888 (trunk line), +63 2 8887 5747 (The Peninsula Boutique), email [email protected], or through PenChat, The Peninsula Manila’s 24-hour e-concierge by using this link: https://bit.ly/PenChatFacebook.

 
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