Pastiche Work of Plans
|Pastiche photo by Jessica Kaminski.
Have I mentioned I’ve been wearing my down vest? Yes, in the mornings. It’s that funny time of year when it’s full-on autumn in the morning and summer-ish in the afternoon. I find myself craving baked winter squash and slow-cooked lamb shank with haricots verts, baby carrots and mashed potatoes. But I don’t feel like making that lamb shank. I want Mike Engel to do it. The chef-owner of Bay View’s Pastiche Bistro & Wine Bar is now running his fall menu. The lamb shank is listed on it. So are these dishes: steak frites, Strauss veal sweetbreadswith mustard-shallot sauce and sautéed spaetzle, and an entrecôte of beef with dauphinoise potatoes ($12-$24). Also, if mussels are your Rushmore (your Mona Lisa, your Leaning Tower of Pisa?), Monday night is the restaurant’s steamed mussels special. You can get three-quarters of a pound of mussels (steamed in butter, white wine and herbs) for $8. What else has Engel been up to? A lot, as a matter of fact. He is in the process of creating Pastiche Wines on the second floor of the building occupied by his restaurant. Engel plans to have a tasting/classroom, which will also be used as a private dining room. Along with bottled wines, the shop will sell Reidel glassware, wine openers and accessories. And – sounds like a party? – cheeses and locally made charcouterie. When will this shop open? The crystal ball is a little foggy, but I will post updates, I promise. (3001 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., 414-482-1446)
One of Those Grand Affairs
Go wine, or go home. That's my new motto. Thief Wine's Fall Grand Tasting is a month out, but if you're interested in attending, buy your tickets now. The event features more than 125 fine wines all selected by Thief. (The wines retail in the $15-$50 per bottle range.) Thief is offering only 200 tickets, so get on the stick. Call 414-277-7707. Saturday, Oct. 22, 5-7:30 p.m. Tickets: $60. Held at Milwaukee Public Market’s second floor (400 N. Water St.)
The Wonder of Whiskey
I checked in with Jan Kelly this morning. The chef-owner of Meritage had been telling me last month about a bourbon dinner she’s planning for this fall with Richard Serrano of L'eft Bank Wine Company. Intriguing, I concluded. And the details are set. Meritage’s American Whiskey Dinner will feature four courses and five whiskeys. Among the courses: Rowan’s Creek Bourbon paired with Vietnamese barbecued quail with pork belly rice; Willet Rye Whiskey (in a classic Manhattan) with grilled New York strip and bourbon peppercorn sauce; and a 20-year aged whiskey served with crème brûlée and fresh donuts. Call Meritage now to reserve your spot. Tuesday, Oct. 18; 6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner. Cost: $75 per person, and that includes tax and gratuity. (5921 W. Vliet St., 414-479-0620)
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