Monday, November 23, 2009

Ringraziamento Italiano

As T-Day draws nigh, emails run about 50/50 between requests for recommendations with various holiday food and inquiries into what's going to be on the table on Thursday at Vine HQ when the extended family gathers. Yep. The SPinC and I are hosting again this year.

As in years past, we tried to find something a little unique to regale the 'rents with, and after some brainstorming, we came up with the idea of Italian-themed Thanksgiving. And after consulting with some of my nearest and dearest in the wine biz, we've got some pairings to nuzzle up next to the vittles.'s how it's (hopefully) going to play out. I hope folks are hungry:

  • Antipasta: Various meats, cheeses, roasted peppers. Vigna Dogarina Prosecco di Valdobiadene.
  • Primo: Creamy broccoli soup with lemon. (Trust me. It's tasty.) Tavignano 2007 Verdicchio dei Castelli de Jesi Classico.
  • Insalata: Roasted tomato Caprese salad. Argiolas 2008 Serra Lori rose. (Yes, slightly out of order, but run with it.)
  • Secondi: Choice of roast turkey tenderloin in lemon & caper sauce or beef brasciole. Cantine de Falco 2008 Salice Salentino/Cantine de Falco 2008 Primitivo Salento.
  • Contorni: Green bean & baby carrot medley; butternut squash risotto; potato & artichoke casserole.
  • Dolce: Tiramisu infused with Strega; Batasiolo 2008 Moscato d'Asti.

And if anyone's still standing at this point, coffee and grappa.

I'll post an update some time this weekend after I pry myself off the couch to let y'all know how it went. Hope you've all got good Thanksgiving plans yourselves. Enjoy your families, count your blessings, and raise your glass to absent friends. Buon appetito!


Nancy Bentley said...

Here's my menu!
(From Nancy, Kinkead Ridge)

Corn chowder with crab
Roast goose (local free range from Ripley) with Giblet/Sausage/dressing, nuts and dried fruit
Candied sweet potatos with apple
Green beans with orange glaze and pecans
Mushroom/Artichoke Heart/Pea Pod Salad on Gourmet Greens with raspberry vinaigrette
Homemade pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream

Just thought adding bacon buttermilk mashed potatos would be too much, will save that until Friday!

The Naked Vine said...

Why am I not surprised in the slightest? Sounds absolutely scrumptious, Nancy!