Here is what’s new on the menu:
Here is what’s new on the menu:
Chef Sara Jenkins presents a five-course tasting menu paired with the Montefalco wines of Adanti on Wednesday, April 4th! Wine and tasting menu: $85.
April brings a celebration of the wines of MONTEFALCO to New York City, and a consortium of winemakers who use the Sagrantino grape, emblematic of central Italy and of the beautiful region of Umbria.
Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings, $85
The Montefalco DOC was granted in 1979 and the DOCG, in 1992. Some Sagrantino vines, however, are believed to date back as far as the 18th century. The name, Sagrantino, recalls its early cultivation by monks to be used as sacramental wine and its use by local farmers specifically during religious feasts and festivals, such as Christmas and Easter. Sagrantino is suitable for long aging and pairs well with roasted meats and game.
And coming in May, Chef Sara cooks at
in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park!
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Don’t miss Sara Jenkin’s Around the World evening brunch from 5-9pm on New Year’s day at Porsena Restaurant. Sara will be celebrating the world cuisine, including North Africa, Vietnam, Lebanon, Burma, and Italy! Check out the article on New York Magazine online. What a way to ring in the New Year!21 E 7th St
I was lucky enough to attend Meatball Madness this year as part of the New York Wine & Food Festival with my favorite restaurant, Porsena! Giada De Laurentis was the evening’s host and some of New York’s hottest chefs were in attendance.
The Little Owl took first prize, and the Meatball Shop was the popular favorite. But check out two of my favorite bites of the evening…
Chefs & Champagne New York is the James Beard Foundation’s annual summer tasting party. It features flowing Champagne, the wines of Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Stella Artois beers, and culinary offerings from a select group of more than 30 fine chefs, many from JBF Award–winning restaurants. This year one of America’s favorite chefs and personalities, Emeril Lagasse, was being honored.
Emeril is from New Orleans in my home state of Louisiana but that’s not why I like him so much. He has a larger-than-life personality and meeting him proves that he also has a larger-than-life heart.
Thank goodness for all the flowing bubbly because it was one of the hottest days yet. But the heat didn’t stop guests from enjoying some pretty amazing eats from chefs who were handpicked by Emeril to join the celebration.
Sara Jenkin’s dish was perfect for a hot summer day. The chilled tomato soup was so refreshing or at least that’s what Richard Gere thought when he tried it. He absolutely loved Sara’s creation. And once he walked away I had to point out who he was. After Sara realized it was him she was completely start struck. And if you know Sara you know she very rarely gets star struck by a celebrity.
One of my favorite dishes of the night came from Chef Roberto Deicao. It was grilled sea scallops with herbed new potato salad, truffle foam, and shaved truffle to top it off. Truffles are buried in the earth like little black diamonds. Finding them is not so easy. It takes a lot of patience, persistence, and knowledge of where they grow, as they’re elusive.
Another one of my favorite’s of the event was from Chef Sam Hazen who concucted the oyster escabèche with heirloom tomatoes and watermelon.
Marc Forgione, of Marc Forgione restaurant and the season three winner of The Next Iron Chef was also in attendance.
Another JBF award winner, Marcus Samuelsson, made a delicious chilled corn soup with marinated bass and tomatillo-cilantro purée.
I have been wanting to try Daniel Boulud’s new spot Epicerie Boulud , especially after sampling some of his scrumptious pastries.
Although it was steamy weather, it certainly didn’t dampen the mood at this year’s annual Chefs & Champagne event. I guess it takes a lot more than stifling humidity to keep a bunch of Hamptonites out of a tasting event. I think I have had my fair share of sundresses and seersucker for sometime.
Last night’s Wine & Spirits Top of the List Tasting was held at the Metropolitan Pavilion to commend America’s most popular restaurant wines by region and varietal category. The wines were chosen by the top restaurateurs as well as wine directors. This sold out tasting event celebrated the featured wineries as well as the chef and sommeliers who contributed to the ongoing success.
This first-rate walk about wine and food tasting not only featured many wineries and their vino, but also delicious bites from 10 of New York’s hottest restaurants, including ABC Kitchen, Lani Kai, Ai Fiori, and of course my favorite, Porsena. Plus local artisan purveyors including oysters from Grand Central Oyster Bar, cheese from Artisanal, chocolate from La Maison du Chocolat, and so much more!
And if you were among the lucky VIP ticket holders you were greeted with a caviar and champagne reception. I’m aiming for that next year.
I have to mention one of my favorite wines from last night’s event. With so much to choose from it can be hard to decipher, however, some wine really stood out from the rest. I loved the Domaine Spiropoulos Greek wine. The grapes are hand-picked and taken under climate controlled conditions to their modern winery facilities in ancient Mantinia. There, the grapes are crushed and vinified under strictly controlled conditions. The wines are then aged and matured in underground cellars in stainless steel tanks or French oak barrels. A final quality control takes place during the bottling stage guaranteeing the release of the highest quality products to the market. This white wine has a youthful and dry citrus flavor with medium acidity that cleanses the palate. Overall, it is balanced with a pleasant medium finish.
What I loved most about the set up at this tasting was the arrangement of wines to restaurants. For example, the oysters were near the whites wines, the chocolate and cheese was near the port wines, and the heavier, meatier dishes were near the red wines.
I must admit, Lani Kai outdid themselves with their poi pancake. Absolute heaven! Lani Kai is known for their surplus of rum, inventive drinks, and mouth-watering food!
I also have to give a shout out to Edi & The Wolf. One of the partners of the restaurant, Edi Frauneder, is friends with Sara so he made his way the Porsena table a few times throughout the night. Their east village restaurant is known for being warm and inviting with the friendliest staff. I can’t wait to try some of the Austrian wines from Vienna and maybe a schnitzel or two.
All of these restaurants have done something right to gain so much notoriety around town. They all deliver more than just your average, everyday place, from their food to their wine. In New York there are plenty of places to grab a drink and a bite. But why wouldn’t you have the best of both worlds under one roof? These restaurants and wineries are experts of serving up guilty pleasures in your glass or on your plate.
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I had the pleasure of dining at Porsena last night for what turned out to be an unbelivabley delicious tasting. Salvatore Denaro has had a big impact on Sara Jenkins and in her own words,” he is my biggest inspiration, for the pure honesty of his food“.
Salvatore keeps to Italian tradition when creating his modern dishes. He uses ingredients, as simple as eggplant and ricotta, to turn a dish into a masterpiece. Although I didn’t get a chance to speak to him, I could see how vibrant his personality was and it certainly came out in his food.
Here is a glimpse of what I feasted on …
Porsena 21 E 7th St