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Wine, beer focus of dinners at Brasserie Provence, Varanese

If you like to explore different wines with dinner, Brasserie Provence has a deal for you this Thursday, April 20. And if you are a beer aficionado, that same night you can enjoy a dinner crafted to pair with beers from Lexington’s West Sixth brewery.

Brasserie Provence, 150 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy., will host a 5-course wine dinner, with each course paired with a wine from the Gérard Bertrand Winery of Languedoc, in southern France, which was voted the “Best European Winery of the Year” by the international magazine Wine Enthusiast. French Winery Ambassador Pierre Olivier, the guest for the dinner, will speak about the pairing choices. 

Chef Patrick Gosden’s menu will begin with a ceviche trio at the Reception, served with the Picpoul de Pinet. Two appetizers follow, a lion’s mane mushroom cake and pomegranate queso fresco salsa paired with the Réserve Spéciale Pinot Noir, and a braised pork belly, carrot apple purée, maple verjus gastrique paired with Minervois. The entrée, will be chimichurri-marinated hanger steak with grilled corn heirloom tomato salad, accompanied by Kosmos, a red wine blend of seven different cepages aged in French oak barrels for fifteen months. The dinner will end with an apricot frangipane matched with Crémant de Limoux Brut. 

The dinner and wine pairings will be $75. Wines served at the dinner will be available for purchase with 15% discount through Westport Whiskey & Wine. Call (502) 883-3153.

The West Sixth beer dinner will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. at Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave.  Special guest for the evening will be Liz Vail, brand representative for West Sixth.

The dinner will begin with a glass of West Sixth’s Belgium Style Blonde at the reception. The first dinner course will be country fried quail legs and spicy pecan waffle finished with maple butter and paired with West Sixth’s Amber. The second course will feature “The Crowler,” a Transylvania Triple to be served with a baby shrimp salad with Napa cabbage, edamame and sesame seeds in a dark soy and ginger vinaigrette. The main course will be hickory-smoked bbq ribs over chili-roasted sweet potatoes and braised green beans. The beer will be an IPA.

Dessert, a pretzel crust caramel cheesecake with toasted marshmallow and dark cherry syrup will be washed down with the “Pay it Forward” Cocoa Porter.

The cost of dinner and beer pairings will be $49. Call (502) 899-9904 or email letsdine@varanese.com. 

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