CHARIVARI presents a PRADOS SPANISH WINE DINNER

On Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 7pm please join Chef Johann Schuster and Co. at Charivari for their last wine dinner before Charivari closes and moves to a new location. The dinner will feature Chef Schuster’s classic take on traditional Spanish cuisine paired with modern Spanish wines from Prados in Zaragoza. The Prados winery is located in Zaragoza at the foothills of the Sierra del Moncayo.

Menu
Octopus Carpaccio
Penelope Sanchez Cava Brut

Spanish Charcuterie
Prados Fusion, Garnacha & Syrah 2015

Tortilla Espanola with Chorizo
Prados Coleccion, Syrah 2015

Secreto Iberico de Bellota
Pork Steak Char grilled over Wooden Charcoal & Garlic Sauce
Prados Prive 2015

Churros Madrileños
Prados Coleccion, Garnacha 2015

Cost $95 per person plus tax and gratuity
Please call 713 521 7231 to make your reservation
Charivari is located at 2521 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas, TX – 77006

Executive Chef Johann Schuster
http://www.charivarirest.com

2015 HOLIDAY WINE DINNER

Champagne – Sherry – Burgundy – Bordeaux – More Bordeaux – Port
On Thursday, December 17th at 7pm, please join me, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton, at Charivari Restaurant for a Holiday Wine Dinner featuring wines from Champagne, Jerez (Sherry), Burgundy, and Bordeaux, as well as a 1965 Colheita Port all paired with Chef Schuster’s holiday menu.

The MENU:
Walleye Pike Quenelles with
Rothschild Brut Rosé, Champagne, NV

Wild Mushroom & Potato Soup with
Lustau East India, Sherry, NV

Roasted Quail over Multigrain Risotto with
Bouchard Beaune Greves Vigne l’Enfant Jesus 1er cru 2011
Pousse d’Or Volnay Clos des 60 Ouvrees 1er cru 2012
Taupenot Merme Morey St. Denis Riotte 1er cru 2013

Red Beet Sorbet

Black Angus Hanger Steak with Marrow Butter and Roasted Potatoes with
Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac Leognan,. 2012
Ch Leoville Poyferre, St. Julien, 2012
Ch. Montrose, Pauillac, 2012
Ch. Pichon Lalande, Pauillac, 2012

French Cheeses with
Ch. Montrose, St. Estephe, 2005
Ch. Leoville Poyferre, St. Julien, 2005

Salted Caramel Apple Tart with
Messias Colheita, Porto, 1965

This Holiday Wine Dinner will cost $200.00 per person including a 5% discount for cash or check or $210.53 regular. All taxes and tips are included. Attendance at this dinner is strictly limited to 22 people. For reservations, please contact Susan Coburn at coburnsusan2@gmail.com or 713-854-7855.

Charivari is located at 2521 Bagby (77006) in Mid-Town Houston.

Eleven-Eight-Nine-Ten Bordeaux Dinner at Charivari

At 7pm on Thursday, May 14th, please join me, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton, at Charivari for a fun and delicious look at wine from Bordeaux paired with the fine cooking of Chef Johann Schuster.  As always, we’ll start with Champagne after which we will go directly to two Sauternes (both from 2011, a great Sauternes vintage) paired with one of the best fish dishes being served in Houston these days and then to the reds. And what reds? First a group of fine 2008s with the grilled beef, then two of those same chateaux in the great 2009 vintage with the cheese, and finally the same two chateaux again in the great 2010 vintage with the dessert. Favorite wines from “Eleven-Eight-Nine-Ten” paired with favorite foods.Grand_Puy_Lacoste1

THE MENU
Walleye Pike Quenelles
Henriot Brut Rosé, Champagne, NV

Spiced Smoked-Miso-Maple-glazed Sable Fish Fillet,
Julienne Vegetables, and Sauternes Foam
Ch. Doisy Vedrines, Sauternes, 2011
Ch. Suduiraut, Sauternes, 2011

Beet Sorbet

Zabuton (Flat Iron) Steak with Beef Marrow Butter and Roasted Potatoes
Ch. la Croix St. Georges, Pomerol, 2008
Ch. Canon la Gaffeliere, St. Emilion, 2008
Ch. Gruaud Larose, St. Julien, 2008
Ch. Rauzan Segla, Margaux, 2008
Ch. Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, 2008

A selection of French Cheeses
Ch. la Croix St. Georges, Pomerol, 2009
Ch. Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, 2009

Swiss Chocolate-Chipotle Tart
Ch. la Croix St. Georges, Pomerol, 2010
Ch. Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, 2010

This unique Bordeaux dinner will cost $180 per person including a 5% discount for cash or check or $189.47 regular. All taxes and tips are included. For reservations, please reply by email coburnsusan2@gmail.com or call Susan at 713-854-7855Charivari is located at 2521 Bagby (77006) in Mid-Town Houston.

MARCH CHEF DINNER

At the same time I scheduled a wine dinner at Charivari for 7pm on Thursday March 12th, I discovered that March 12th is Chef Johann Schuster’s birthday  – so I asked him to pick the menu. As he is German and white Asparagus season is upon us, I knew that spargle would be involved. What Chef Johann initially came up with looked great to me but may have been a little challenging for many diners. Per my request, he dialed it back (from challenging to adventurous) to achieve a broader appeal. In choosing the wines to pair with these dishes, I went with some of my favorites (as my birthday is three days earlier). So we will have wines from Perrier Jouet (PJ), Pedro Romero (PR), Pinot Gris (PG), and Pinot Noir (PN).

The MENU
Grilled Halloumi – White Asparagus Skewers
Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque, Champagne, 2006

White Asparagus Veloute with Marrow Dumplings
Pedro Romero Cream Sherry NV

Spiced Smoked-Miso-Maple-glazed Sable Fish fillet and grilled Asparagus with
Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rotenberg 2009
Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl 2009
Trimbach Pinot Gris Gold Label Hommage A Jeane 2000

White Asparagus – Wasabi Root Sorbet

Rack of Lamb herbed & Roasted and a Pinot Noir reduction,
Yukon Gold White Asparagus aux gratin with
Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Greves Clos de l’Enfant Jesus 1er cru 2009
Roblet Monnot Volnay Taillepieds 1er cru 2009
Michel Gros Morey St Denis Rue de Vergy 2009
Lecheneaut Nuits St. Georges Les Pruliers 1er cru 2009

Quark Donuts & melted Quark Ice Cream
Pedro Romero Pedro Ximenez Sherry NV

As always, we start with Champagne and in this case it is very fine Champagne indeed: Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque 2006, a top luxury cuvee from a top grand marque house. With the white asparagus soup (a signature of chef Schuster), we will enjoy a Cream sherry. With the Sable Fish (a specialty of the northern Pacific also known as Black Cod) fillet we will have three Alsace Pinot Gris wines (all grand cru quality) which will offer a revelation about the quality potential of Pinot Gris. While lamb is (for me at least) more closely associated with Bordeaux, the coming of Spring and the Pinot Noir reduction led me to Burgundy and a selection of four fine terroir from four great domaines.

This Chef Dinner will cost $150.00 per person including a 5% discount for cash or check or $157.89 regular. All taxes and tips are included. For reservations, please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or at coburnsusan2@gmail.com.  Charivari is located at 2521 Bagby (77006) in Mid-Town Houston.

2014 Holiday Wine Dinner

Champagne – Sherry – Burgundy – Bordeaux – More Bordeaux – Port

On Monday, December 15th at 7pm, please join me, Bear Dalton, at Charivari Restaurant for our 2014 Holiday Wine Dinner featuring wines from Champagne, Jerez (Sherry), Burgundy, and Bordeaux as well as a 1966 Colheita Port, all paired with Chef Schuster’s holiday menu.

The MENU
Walleye Pike Quenelles with
Louis de Sacy “Cuvee Inedite” Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, Champagne, NV

Wild Mushroom Cappuccino with
Lustau East India Sherry, NV

Moulard Duck “Choucroute garnie” with
Domaine de la Pousse d’Or Volnay “Clos des 60 Ouvrees” 1er Cru, 2010
Mugneret Gibourg Nuits St. Georges “Les Chaignots” 1er Cru, 2010
Michel Gros Vosne Romanee “Clos des Reas” 1er cru, 2010

Red Beet Sorbet

Black Angus Hanger Steak with Marrow Butter and Roasted Potatoes with
Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac Leognan, 2008
Ch. Canon la Gaffeliere, St. Emilion, 2008
Ch. Leoville Poyferre, St. Julien, 2008
Ch. Pichon Baron, Pauillac, 2008

French Cheeses with
Ch. Leoville Poyferre, St. Julien, 2005
Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac Leognan, 2005

Chef Schuster’s Pecan Pie with
Messias Colheita Port 1966

This Holiday Wine Dinner will cost $220.00 per person including a 5% discount for cash or check or $$231.58 regular. All taxes and tips are included. Attendance at this dinner is strictly limited to 22 people (including me). For reservations, please call Susan Coburn at 713-854-7855 (or email BearDalton@mac.com).

Charivari is located at 2521 Bagby (77006) in Mid-Town Houston.

10/30/14 – PAUILLAC and St. JULIEN 2011 Dinner at Charivari

On Thursday, October 30th at 7pm, please join me, Bear Dalton, at Charivari Restaurant for our Pauillac and St. Julien Dinner featuring a lucky thirteen great Bordeaux wines from the under-rated 2011 vintage (plus, as always, a fine Champagne) with Chef Schuster’s fall menu.Unknown-1

The MENU
Walleye Pike Quenelles with
Bonnaire Brut Variance NV, Champagne NV

Wild Mushroom & Freekeh stuffed Quail with
Ch. Echo de Lynch Bages, Pauillac, 2011
ChGloriaLabelCh. Lacoste Borie, Pauillac, 2011
Ch. Gloria, St. Julien, 2011
Ch. Langoa Barton, St. Julien, 2011

Sorbet

Black Angus Hanger Steak with Beef Marrow Butter and Roasted Potatoes with
Ch. Haut Batailley, Pauillac, 2011
Ch. Batailley, Pauillac, 2011
Ch. Lynch Moussas, Pauillac, 2011
Ch. Lynch Bages, Pauillac, 2011
Ch. Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, 2011
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Cheese Tart Flambe with
Ch. Branaire Duru, St. Julien, 2011
Ch. Beychevelle, St. Julien, 2011
Ch. Leoville Barton, St. Julien, 2011
Ch. Leoville Poyferre, St. Julien, 2011

Swiss Chocolate Tart & wild berries

This Pauillac and St. Julien Dinner will cost $140.00 per person including a 5% discount for cash or check or $147.37 regular. All taxes and tips are included. Attendance at this dinner is strictly limited to 20 people. For reservations, please reply by email to (MarloAmmons@specsonline.com) or call Marlo Ammons at 832-660-0250.

Charivari is located at 2521 Bagby (77006) in Mid-Town Houston.

10/16/14 – October Right Bank Bordeaux Dinner at Charivari

On Thursday, October 16th at 7pm, please join me, Bear Dalton, at Charivari Restaurant for our October Right Bank Bordeaux Dinner featuring twelve great Right Bank red Bordeaux wines from the 2011 vintage (starting of course with Champagne and ending with a favorite from Barsac) paired with Chef Schuster’s Autumnal seasonal offerings.

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Blue Point Oysters & Gruyere aux Gratin with
Barons Rothschild Brut Blanc de Blancs, Champagne NV

Moulard Duck Ballotine & Multigrain Quinotto,
Coffee Bourbon & Merlot reduction with
Ch. Puygueraud, Francs – Cotes de Bordeaux, 2011
Ch. d’Aiguilhe, Castillion – Cotes de Bordeaux, 2011
Pomerol de La Pointe, Pomerol, 2011
Ch. La Pointe, Pomerol, 2011

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Herbs de Provence Braised Lamb Shanks aux jus,
Black Garlic Potatoes Puree, Green Bean Bouquet with
Ch. La Confession, St. Emilion, 2011
Ch. Clos de l’Oratoire, St. Emilion, 2011
Ch. Berliquet, St. Emilion, 2011
Ch. Larcis Ducasse, St. Emilion, 2011
Ch. Pavie Maquin, St. Emilion, 2011
Ch. Canon La Gafelliere, St. Emilion, 2011

PavieMacAssortment of Cheeses with
Ch. Croix St. Georges, Pomerol, 2011
Ch. Clinet, Pomerol, 2011

Apple Tart Flambé
Ch. Coutet, Barsac, 2011

This October Right Bank Bordeaux dinner will cost $120.00 per person including a 5% discount for cash or check or $126.31 regular. All taxes and tips are included. Attendance at this dinner is strictly limited to 20 people. For reservations, please reply by email to MarloAmmons@specsonline.com or call Marlo Ammons at 832-660-0250.

Charivari is located at 2521 Bagby (77006) in Mid-Town Houston.