Niner scores a “10”
If you are fortunate enough to have visited the Niner Wine Estates in California’s Paso Robles wine region, you probably penciled in some time for the “Niner Experience” at the on-site restaurant, listed among the Top 15 restaurants in the country for three years in a row by “Food & Wine” magazine and as one of the Top 10 Best Winery Restaurants in America by USA Today.
Niner Wine Estates’ obsession with excellence is apparent in the restaurant, not to mention its wines, available only at country clubs, upscale restaurants and boutique bottle shops across the country.
The wines of Niner are visiting Brevard for a wine dinner at another-award winning restaurant, Café Margaux in Cocoa Village. The dinner is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, April 1 and 2. It delivers with a six-course menu that features Norland potato, broccolini and edam soup with peppered pancetta and crispy ramps; a Napa cabbage salad with fried wontons and toasted Marconas and a clementine and ginger citrus vinaigrette; duck rillettes in puff pastry with grilled pinot noi-mariated carrots and a Dijon brandy sauce; a cheese course of Finca Pascualete Retorta from Caceres in Spain; and, for dessert, Amaretto mascarpone gateau, with raspberry mousse and ganache with a Chambord dark cholate sauce.
Each of the courses will be paired with special selections from the Niner portfolio, including the winery’s coveted Bootjack Red, produced in a quantity of only 5,000 cases a year.
Niner Wine Estates’ wines, which have often earned more than 90 points from “Wine Enthusiast,” are different from the ground up. The winery was the first to gain sustainable practices certification with protocols that include everything from lightbulb to cardboard use. Out of 700 acres, the Niner family owns in the region, only 240 are vineyards. The rest are forest lands left as habitat for the owls, bobcats and other predators who gracefully control any rodent population in the vineyards. The restaurant, tasting room and winery are 100 percent powered by the sun.
Eric Miller, Niner’s southeast regional sales director, will be the featured speaker at the Margaux event.
Cost for the Café Margaux wine dinner is $110 per guest. Reserve by calling 321-639-8343 or visiting margaux.com.
Wear your cake and eat it too
OK, so it is not really wearable, but Goodie-licious Custom Baking’s Easter Bonnet Cake is definitely a magnificently edible chapeau. The retro bonnet cake offers a combination of three cake flavors shaped into an old-fashioned straw hat for a certified cake “hat trick.”
The brim is a two-layer carrot cake, while the crown is fashioned from Italian cream cake with a berry patch buttercream filling. Rounding off the top is a layer of chocolate-caramel cake.
The unique Easter confection is available for holiday delivery, as long as orders are placed by March 28. Phone 321-305-2821 to order. Price is $50, which includes delivery throughout most of Brevard. See this cake and many more at goodie-licious.com.
Brevard Symphony Orchestra offers a trifecta of composers for its concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 27, at the King Center.
The program includes Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” Overture (remember that one, Bugs Bunny fans?), plus Mozart’s “ Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major” and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 2 in C Minor,” or “Little Russian.”
Guest artist, violinist Julian Rhee, made his Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra debut at age eight, and has gone on to perform with orchestras such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Symphony Orchestra, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Avanti Symphony Orchestra, West Suburban Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Philharmonic, the Lacrosse Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.
“The Barber of Seville,” one of the most popular operas of all time, premiered in 1816. Rossini assembled the now famous overture out of fragments of two of his early operas.
Mozart wrote five violin concertos in 1775 when he was just 19. In the 5th, he experimented with fluctuating tempos, changing meters, and unexpected modulations, producing a refined and elegant work.
Tchaikovsky wrote his Second Symphony while on a holiday in Ukraine. The shortest of his six symphonies, he incorporated several Ukrainian folksongs into the work.
For ticket information, visit kingcenter.com.
Hugely popular Little River Band
During the ’70s and ’80s, Little River Band enjoyed huge chart success with multi-platinum albums and chart-topping hits. The popular group visits the King Center for a concert at 8 p.m., Friday, March 26.
LRB continues to perform to sellout crowds. In 2016, the band released “The Hits…Revisited.” Little River Band is Wayne Nelson, Chris Marion, Rich Herring, Ryan Ricks and Colin Whinnery.
Tickets for the socially distanced concert run from $59.50 to $79.50. Purchase at kingcenter.com.
A great love
Bring your pets and children, too, and join Central Florida rescue group Great Dane Love for “Spring Tales thru the Village” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at Myrt Tharpe Square in Cocoa Village.
Sponsored by Tails at the Barkery, the event benefits the nonprofit that rescues and rehomes displaced canine gentle giants.
Follow the Bunny Hop Map to play the Magic Easter Eggs Game for prizes. For a $10 donation, receive a goody bag and a framed 4×6 color photo with the Easter Bunny.
All pets must be on a leash, or in appropriate carriers, and have current vaccinations and county tags for the safety of animals and humans.
For more information, call 321-305-4584.
South Beach Community at 500 Old Florida Trail in Melbourne Beach will host the South Melbourne Beach Arts and Crafts Show from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, March 27.
The fee event features a variety of artisans and crafters showcasing original work, live music and food trucks. For the safety of guests, the event will be staged outside around the Center’s pond.
Questions? Call 321-952-3210.
Now through April 2, Bonefish Grill is featuring Friday fish dishes that include Rockefeller Butterfish with Alaskan Black Cod topped with creamy spinach and jumbo lump crab and the Angler’s Catch, with tempura-style, hand-battered crispy cod and jumbo shrimp served on a bed of French fires with house-made coleslaw for $18.90.
For information and reservations, call the Merritt Island location at 321-453-3011 or Bonefish Grill in Viera at 321-636-1619.
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