WHAT: BYOB Community Dinner
WHEN: Saturday, March 23rd DOORS OPEN AT 6 P.M.
HOW MUCH: $20 suggested donation
Do you like packages as much as I do? Since becoming an Amazon Prime member, I can hardly wait to rip into the box du jour. It's fun looking inside, especially if you've forgotten what you ordered! It's all about what's inside, whether it's slipcovers, ionizers, hose clamps or Umbrian peppers. Our community dinner for March is all about what's inside. Won't you and your friends join us on Saturday, March 23rd at 6 p.m. for our very popular BYOB event?
Our first "package" is the Red Lotus Bomb. An unassuming cranberry and vodka cocktail is turned into something more exciting with a shot glass of house-made lychee liqueur in the middle. Enjoy this cocktail with Package Number Two: Chicken Satay Lettuce Wraps. These little bundles are small, but they pack a lot of flavor: sautéed ground chicken, shallots, coconut milk, peanut butter, lime juice, sesame oil, sambal oelek and spices make a special appetizer that's fun (and just a little messy) to eat.
The main course is also served in a package--Thai-Seasoned Tilapia and Veggies in a Paper Bag is pretty and tasty. Two tilapia loins, seasoned with sweet chili sauce, Sriracha, garlic, soy sauce, lime juice and fresh ginger (among other seasonings) are topped with snow peas, shredded carrots and red bell pepper. Served with steaming pineapple-lime jasmine rice--studded with green onion and pineapple tidbits--this is a great dinner combination. It's up to you whether you eat your dinner in the bag or not. No judgments!
Wine suggestions are going to be pretty straightforward: an off-dry Riesling is going to be my go-to pick for this dinner. But here's what Wine Folly has to say if you're not into Riesling:
Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio: A viable alternative to Riesling, Pinot Gris has less-intense tropical fruit flavors and more subtle acidity. Seek out one from Alsace for spice notes of clove and ginger, as well as a long, tingly finish.
Chenin Blanc: Inherently sweet, with medium-high acidity, Chenin Blanc-based wines were born to pair with Thai cuisine. Seek out dry, off-dry, and sweet examples for an especially flavorful combination.
Grenache Blanc: Flavors of Asian pear, unripe mango, lime zest, and lemongrass make this a knockout combo with Thai food. Just watch the ABV: it’s often 13-15% and will make the capsaicin in chilies burn extra bright.
Grüner Veltliner: Light, zesty, and acidic food deserves a light, zesty, and acidic wine.
Sparkling Rosé: We love pairing Sparkling Rosé with Thai food because fizz, fruits, and sweetness play nicely with all kinds of popular Thai dishes.
Pinot Noir: Fruit-forward and acidic characteristics aren’t limited to just white wines. If you can’t stand any of the above, Pinot Noir will be your godsend.
Zweigelt: Sweet, sour, and spicy, with a thirst-quenching character, we’re amazed that this light Austrian red wine isn’t more highly recommended for Thai eats.
- I know not everyone loves wine as much as I do, so for beer lovers? You'll be perfectly happy with a Hefeweizen, a funky saison or a golden Belgian ale.
For dessert, we're serving your own personal foil packet containing a luscious strawberry coconut crisp. Fresh strawberries and unsweetened shredded coconut, flavored with cinnamon and topped with rolled oats and sliced almonds arrive warm and syrupy. Add a dollop of vanilla yogurt if you wish. And enjoy a bottomless cup of Community Coffee or your own personal pot of hot tea. And of course, we offer you our absolutely amazing selection of house-made liqueurs, infusions. and cordials.
We look forward to your company for this BYOB event at The Voluptuous Table. Come find out what's in the package. Our Twenty Dollar Dinners continue to be our most popular, often selling out in less than 24 hours. Please join us and bring your friends. You can RSVP by responding to this email, or by calling 512-55 EAT 44 to reserve your seats.
Until we gather again,