Happening: The Hall

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The Hall at Palihouse—in my estimation the most underrated of the fancy nouveau brasseries—is debuting their monthly winemaker’s dinner next Tuesday, July 15. This first gig features wines from vintner Dave Corey of Core Wines up in Los Olivos.

The menu is here. The cost: $75 per person. Reservations required.

Heirloom Beet Salad
watercress / stilton / sherry vinaigrette
2007 Core Rosé
a blend of white & red Rhone grapes

Sweet Corn Tortellini
thyme / mascarpone / beurre monté
2006 Core White
grenache blanc with rousanne & marsanne

Alaskan Halibut
green pea puree / tri-color cauliflower
2006 C3 Tempranillo by Core
a perfect example of the tempranillo varietal

Duck Confit
crispy fingerlings / frisée / chives
2006 Kuyam Thirteen Moons by Core
a Bordeaux-style blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc & malbec

Chocolate Ganache Cake
raspberry fondue / crème fraiche
2004 Candy Core
late harvest grenache

On a side note, I recently discovered that the Hall has one of the best upscale brunch deals in town: nice outdoor courtyard, super thick lemon ricotta French toast, hefty cast iron egg dishes with short ribs, boudin noir with scrambled eggs and croissant—all priced around $10. Oh, did I mention one of the best bloody marys I’ve had in a while? FYI.