Some of the best meals of my life have been from the kitchen of chef David Kinch at Manresa Restaurant in Los Gatos. I’d take half a tasting menu from him over anything at the French Laundry, any day of the week. Which is why I’m humbled at his continued interest in collaborating with me to provide an unparalleled dining and drinking experience for a few adventurous diners every once in a while.
David and I both have an enduring love for Japanese cuisine. If you’ve ever eaten at Manresa you may have noticed this influence in Chef Kinch’s cooking. It’s one of my favorite aspects of his cooking — the guy knows how to deal with raw seafood better than almost any (non-Japanese) chef in this country.
All of which is why he and I are both giddy with excitement at the prospect of the Sake Dinner: an eight course meal that will be a little heavier on the Japanese influence than normal for David, accompanied by some of the best sakes I’ve ever tasted. The early drafts of the menu that I’ve seen make me extremely hungry (I’m currently traveling on business in upstate New York, and pretty much every restaurant in town is Italian — I’d kill for a decent plate of sushi).
Working with Jeff Barielles, the wine director at the restaurant, we’ve managed to get our hands on some sakes that are almost never seen in the United States (as well as some others that are also phenomenal, but easier to find in the event you fall in love with them).
The food and the sake will be accompanied as usual by stories from me about how and where they are made.
This will be a fantastic evening if you care to join us. There are still seats available, so call the restaurant to make reservations.
Manresa and Vinography present: The Sake Dinner
Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
Seating begins at 6:30 PM
320 Village Lane (just off North Santa Cruz Avenue)
Los Gatos, CA 95030
$325 per person gets you an eight course meal with sake pairings. You pay tax and gratuity.