Two Special Places to Celebrate Black History Month


The lounge at 1300 on Fillmore. Yelp photo from Tara W.

February is ~BLACK HISTORY MONTH~ and a great time to try some special celebratory menus available only this month, with wine pairings that honor African American winemakers.

Owner/executive chef David Lawrence and his wife/co-owner Monetta White of ~1300 ON FILLMORE~ in the historic Fillmore Live Music District are presenting a special “soulful American” menu with wine pairings from four African American-owned and operated wineries. Here’s their Black History Month menu ($65, with wine pairing flight $95): first course: mache salad with Dungeness crab, shaved fennel, and apple-blood orange aioli with 2009 sauvignon blanc, Everett Ridge Vineyards & Winery, Dry Creek Valley; second course: potato and smoked ham hock beignet, black trumpet mushrooms with 2007 pinot noir, 1300, Chef Cuvée David Lawrence, Sonoma; entrées: crispy skin Loch Duart salmon-Meyer lemon confit, sweet potato risotto, Swiss chard, red wine thyme glaze, or grilled rib-eye steak, yukon gold potato hash, tarragon béarnaise sauce, with 2006 cabernet sauvignon, Brown Estate, Napa Valley; and dessert: handcrafted petits fours and truffles, housemade sorbet with 2005 Esterlina port, Sonoma County.

In the East Bay, Oakland’s ~PICÁN~ is also celebrating Black History Month with a special menu: a four-course Gulf Coast dinner paired with wines made by Black winemakers Black Coyote, Brown Estate, and Vision Cellars. After touring the Gulf Coast region with White House chef Cristeta Comerford, executive chef Dean Dupuis developed this four-course menu inspired by the cuisine of the Gulf Coast. Here’s his Black History Month dinner menu ($75): southern ceviche (wild Gulf flounder crudo with coconut milk, sugar cane, soy and olive oil) with 2008 sauvignon blanc, Black Coyote, Napa Valley; Louisiana blue crab stuffed shrimp with hearts of palm, hollandaise, and hot sauce with 2009 chardonnay, Brown Estate ‘Chiles Valley’; cast iron-seared bobwhite quail with crawfish jambalaya, “all day” greens, pot liquor, and bacon/garlic jelly with 2008 pinot noir, Vision Cellars, Sonoma County; and mini old-fashioned coconut cake with sweet mango buttermilk “lassi.”

Event Info

Tuesday Feb 1, 2011 – Monday Feb 28, 2011