Holiday festivities are now a memory, and many restaurant patrons are now returning to more typical dining-out habits. One local restaurant has established a sort of monthly tradition among its customers, and wine enthusiasts in particular. The first wine pairing dinner of 2016 at Osorio’s Latin Fusion — restaurant in Appleton, Wisconsin is set to commence on Wednesday, January 20th at 7:00 pm and features an inspired menu of Latin influenced cuisine, expertly paired with select Chilean wines.
Now in its 4th year of business in the Fox Valley, Osorio’s Latin Fusion restaurant has established an impressive local reputation for its innovative approach to the ever more popular concept of fusion cuisine. Executive Chef, Liborio Osorio, familiarly known among the restaurant’s many loyal patrons as Chef Libo, explains the philosophy behind the Osorio’s signature Latin Fusion concept. “We have a strong background in Latin cuisine, built over many collective years in the hospitality business. We also have great passion for creating inspired dishes and bringing this experience to our customers. Our ‘Latin Fusion’ concept allows us to explore that passion without the typical boundaries that might be imposed on a concept more strictly defined as ‘Mexican’ food.”
That culinary freedom is readily apparent in the menu set for Osorio’s upcoming wine pairing dinner, along with the carefully selected Chilean wine list. The menu will feature:
1st Course: Grilled Pear Salad paired with Montes Sauvignon Blanc
2nd Course: Smoked Paprika Tortellini paired with Montes Twin Red Blend
3rd Course: Macadamia Shrimp paired with Montes Cabernet
4th Course: Raspberry Crumb Cake paired with Montes Malbec
Founded in 1987, Montes Winery is largely credited with raising the bar on quality standards throughout Chilean wine regions. The very first Cabernet Sauvignon produced by Montes is touted as the first “premium” wine to come from Chile. In 1996, Montes released the first-ever “ultra-premium” – or “super Chilean” – to be exported from Chile, garnering global attention for the country’s growing wine industry.
Of the decision to feature Montes wines at the upcoming wine pairing dinner, co-owner/general manager, and self-proclaimed wine enthusiast, Kim Finnell, explains with an obvious passion, “Chilean wines are not as well-known as their French, Italian, or Napa Valley counterparts, and that’s a shame because there are some extraordinary wines being produced in that part of the world. We want to bring these hidden gems into the spotlight for our wine-loving patrons. That’s just one part of the unforgettable dining experience we hope to create with our signature pairing dinners each month; something new, something different, something wonderful and this one promises to deliver all three!”
Attendees to the much anticipated wine pairing dinner will have the opportunity not only to taste a variety of Chilean wines, but also to learn a bit about their origin and flavor profiles, as each course is professionally presented.
The four course dinner featuring Montes Chilean wines at Osorio’s Latin Fusion is $45 per person. Reservations are required and can be obtained by calling the Appleton restaurant directly at 920-955-3766. Community or private table preferences are considered based on seating availability.
For more information about Osorio’s Latin Fusion, including menus, events, and Appleton catering options, please visit www.osorioslatinfusion.com.
**Elyse Hoffman is a freelance journalist and fervent lover of winning wines and creative cuisine.
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