Last month, I got a last-minute invitation to a wine dinner at Bread + Butter. Normally, I would debate attending, but since the theme was truffles, I cancelled all my appointments and headed over.
Aside from the fact that it was truffles, the dinner itself was quite impressive. The restaurant only has 20 seats for the monthly dinner and they don't advertise it, but usually sell out. There are regulars who show up religiously and have their own spot at the end of the row of tables. I live right there. How could I not have known about this?
Bread + Butter has been having these dinners on the third Thursday of every month for about two years now. The theme changes every month ... basically, chef Masa Gushiken sits down to plan, gets drunk, has a vision, and decides on the next theme. (This is the neighborhood I live in.)
I got a preview of next week's wine dinner and pairings, which is more focused on California blends. Wine enthusiasts know all about The Prisoner Wine, a company (and wine) from Rutherford, CA, a unique and innovative red blend that's popular for pairing or just drinking on its own. The company has since introduced a few other blends: Blindfold, which is white; and Thorn, which is a different blend of red grapes. The wine dinner will also feature Tom Gore's Field Blend, an award-winning wine with a unique mix of Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, and Carignane. The dinner ends with a classic Robert Mondavi moscato.
Be sure to sip some of each wine before trying the food, then with the food to compare. Each wine was straightforward, as American wines often are, but the food mellowed their flavors when they were together.
Dinner is $95 per person and they only have about 20 seats, so get a reservation early. You can call 808-949-3430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by September 20. (Chef can accommodate most allergies.) Go with an open attitude, as there are regulars who attend and it's exponentially better if you're able to talk story with your neighbors.
Bread + Butter's monthly wine dinner
September 21, 6 p.m.
By reservation only
1585 Kapiolani Blvd.