Woodberry wine-and-pork dinner
Woodberry Kitchen sends news of an interesting-sounding dinner next week.
It involves organic Austrian wines and a variety of pork dishes made from Mangalitsa pig, an heirloom breed.
I'll confess I had to turn to a Food Network cooking glossary to figure out what they meant by "speck" in the first course. (My people hailed from Southern Italy. They weren't eating any fancy-pants Alto Adigean ham.)
Here are the details:
"On April 19, at 7 PM, Woodberry Kitchen will be hosting a food and wine pairing supper, featuring the spectacular organic wines of Austrian winemaker Wimmer Czerny. To make this event even more special, the wines will be paired with dishes highlighting pork from the highly-coveted Mangalitsa heirloom breed of pig (which, coincidentally, also originates in Austria). At a cost of $89.50 per person, this dinner experience is an excellent value for lovers of great food and great wine. Seating is limited to 36 spots.
"Wimmer Czerny is located in the Wagram region of Austria, along the Danube, approximately 50 miles to the west of Vienna. Czerny’s home village of Fels am Wagram is on the northern bank of the Danube, an area known for its almost pure loess soil (a soil comprised primarily of clay and sand, rich in organic matter). The resulting microclimate produces world-class grapes for a well-crafted wine.
"The increasingly noted Mangalitsa breed of pig is valued for its rich fat content, making it particularly excellent for cured meats. Originally bred in Austria and Hungary, Mangalitsa pigs are currently bred by one farmer in the United States. Mosefund Farm is located in Branchville, New Jersey and the pigs are raised with a level of care rarely seen in modern farming practices. Only a few of the best restaurants in the United States feature dishes and charcuterie from this breed.
First Course: Gruner Veltliner Fumberg 2008
Mangalitsa speck "board"
Second Course: Roter Veltliner Fel am Wagram 2008
Oysters iced, stew, pretzel, jowl, lime leaf
Third Course: Gruner Veltliner Weelfel 2008
Gruner Veltliner Felser Berg Reserve 2006
Rabbit, apple-lard dumplings, carrot and celery root in cast-iron
Fourth Course: Traminer Trio 2007
Mangalitsa shoulder, cabbage, sunchoke, grain mustard
Dessert Course: Eiswein
House-baked apple pie
For Reservations call: 410.464.8000
Alto Adige in Northern Italy, ancestral home of speck. Sun file photo