Oct. 27, 2011
Kansas City, Mo.-based SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Smith and Cellar Rat Wine Merchants are joining forces to benefit Harvesters: the Community Food Network. On the four Tuesdays in November, the team will present "Tour d' Italia" pizza and wine flight dinners.
Each week will feature four wines from a different Italian wine region along with a specially created four-course meal.
"Our guests have been asking for wine dinners because we had some really fun ones last year," said SPIN! co-owner Gail Lozoff. "We always want to make them special, more special than someone having their special pizza at SPIN! So we roped our friend Ryan Sciara of Cellar Rat into helping us design the events and Michael Smith into adding his culinary touch to our menu."
Each week, one of the four SPIN! locations will host a different wine region's import manager and serve a Tour d' Italia menu created in collaboration with Smith. Seatings are available from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The price is $39.50 per person with $10 per guest benefitting Harvesters.
Wines featured include:
- Nov. 1, Wines of the North (Veneto/Piedmont);
- Nov. 8, Italy's southern wines;
- Nov. 15, Wines of Tuscany; and
- Nov. 29, Sicilian wines
A different wine will accompany each course, beginning with an antipasti of Chef Smith's rosemary garlic oil broccolini with roasted red peppers, marinated olives, breadsticks and burrata. For the second course, guests will select one of SPIN!'s seven signature salads accompanied by house-made dressing.
For the main course, guests can choose any SPIN! Pizza Mia (gluten free is available) or the Tour d' Italia pizza. Created exclusively for the Harvester's benefit, the Tour d' Italia is a pizza Bianca brushed with a roasted olive oil glaze topped with a combination of shrimp, fontina cheese, oregano, tomato, calabrian peppers and sopressata -- a dry-cured Italian salami and garlic.
Dessert includes a flourless chocolate mini cake with Chef Smith's roasted pears, a choice of gelato, and burnt caramel sauce.
Reservations are required for the Tour d' Italia pizza and wine flight dinners to benefit Harvesters. Visit spinpizza.com or call 816-808-7825.
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