|Join us for an evening of delicious wine and food, our wine tastings make for an affordable, tasty night out AND make a terrific gift!|
AFTER-HOURS WINE TASTINGS
Thursdays 7:30-9:00 pm
Tastings fill up quickly, call 617-623-0867 with a credit card number or come by the shop to sign up.
Grower Champagnes with Terry Theise
January 9 – $75 pp
Within the rarified wine realm of Champagne, France there are two distinct approaches to producing the world's most celebrated sparkling wine. In a nutshell, there are large-production Champagne houses that purchase grapes from all over the region and spend a fortune on marketing so we all know their names! Then... there are the Grower Champagnes, very small-production, estate-bottled sparklers exhibiting remarkably specific terroir that can be had at a fraction of the price of their more famous, ubiquitous counterparts. Famed wine importer Terry Theise will pour and discuss five of his stellar Grower Champagnes from Terry Theise Estate Selections as we break out the most decadent menu ever for a DFP wine tasting event!
*This tasting is limited to 25 people
French Wines & Cassoulet
January 23 – $45 pp
No single dish exemplifies rustic, country French cooking better than cassoulet, the hearty stew of white beans, sausage and duck, from southwest France. Rich with slow-cooked flavors and simply prepared all in one pot, cassoulet is a classic mid-winter meal and a natural pairing for the bold, mouthfilling red wines of Rousillon and the Languedoc. Join David Mitchell, of Mise Wines, as he pours and discusses five small-production wines leading to the star of the night, Chef Ravon's cassoulet!
Big Red Wine Night!
February 6 – $45 pp
When it's cold outside, often the menu simply calls for big red wines. Full-bodied, rich and intense reds are at their very best in cold weather, on their own and especially when paired with hearty, winter fare. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Syrah can certainly warm you up on a cold winter's night, but have you tried old-vines Carignan or a Ripasso from Valpolicella, Italy? Be sure to come hungry for the kitchen's take on some mid-winter, stick-to-yer-ribs cuisine.
Our Favorite Wines & Pairings
February 20 – $45 pp
Over the years, we have catalogued quite a variety of tastings here at the DFP with everything from Spanish tapas and paella to pizza wines, dessert, decadent sparkling and funky Italian varietals, to name a few. This brand-new tasting will feature some of our very favorite wine and food pairings, in a "greatest hits" style format. It will be an unprecedented night of all home-run combinations, designed especially for lovers of food and wine. Just wait until you try the incredible combination of savory lamb ragu over our fresh pappardelle paired with a rustic Nebbiolo from Northern Italy!
Wine & Pasta Night!
March 6 – $45 pp
Which wines work best with fresh pasta dishes? Come taste how surprisingly diverse and delicious international wine and pasta pairings can be. From the cream sauces and ragus of Emilia-Romagna and Piemonte to Tuscan tomato-based sauces and pestos, we will explore several possibilities, all featuring Dave's own fresh pasta, noodles and raviolis alike. Taste how Sangiovese from Chianti, Italy and tomato sauce work oh so well together; then try an earthy Spanish Tempranillo with a wild mushroom pasta sauce.. Jenna Harlow, of MS Walker, will lead us through a wonderful variety of five perfect pasta wines.
Spanish Wines & Paella
March 20 – $45 pp
We're breaking out the giant paella pan for this night of iconic Spanish food and wine! We will begin with a traditional sparkling Cava, served with Spanish cheeses and tapas. A BIG tradtional paella of chicken, shellfish and chorizo will be paired with a selection of fantastic Spanish wines that compliment the varied flavors and textures of this famous dish. This event is limited to 25 people due to the size of the paella pan! Dennis Quinn, of Genuine Wine Selections, will join us once again for this ever-popular tasting.
WINE EVENT / FUNDRAISER FOR THE SOMERVILLE HOMELESS COALITION
Monday, January 13 7:30-9:30 – $80 per person
The mission of the Somerville Homeless Coalition is to provide homeless and near homeless individuals and families with individualized supportive services and tailored housing solutions with a goal of obtaining and maintaining affordable housing.
100% OF ADMISSION GOES DIRECTLY TO SHC (tax deductible donation)
Please join us for this fun & delicious event to benefit an outstanding non-profit organization and their mission.
We will be pouring 9 excellent wines, and serving a variety of tasty pairings from the kitchen. Some of our favorite importers will be here to talk about their wines, also learn about all of the good deeds this organization accomplishes everyday from Somerville Homeless Coalition's Executive Director Mark Alston-Follansbee and his staff.
RAFFLE!! A fun addition to the evening, all kinds of terrific prizes will be raffled off, ALL PROCEEDS to benefit SHC.
To thank you for your attendance, you will have the opportunity to shop the entire store with a 10% discount after the event. In addition, a percentage of those sales will also go toward supporting the good work of the Somerville Homeless Coalition.
|Learn to cook like a pro in our cooking classes, plus eat tasty food & sip great wine!|
CLASSES IN THE DFP KITCHEN
Classes fill up quickly, call 617-623-0867 with a credit card number or come by the shop to sign up.
$55* per person, classes are held weeknights from 6-8:30 pm
Sunday afternoons from 2-4:30 pm
Note: class dates in gray are sold out.
check out this terrific Boston Globe article about our classes and Chef Jason!
TUSCANY: ITALIAN COOKING
Ahh Tuscany, one of the world's most celebrated food and wine regions. This class will capture the essential flavors of beautiful Toscana. Learn to use bread in assorted crostinis with white beans, wild mushrooms and, of course, white truffle oil. A Panzanella will be prepared, a traditional bread and tomato salad, as well as salsa verde, a truly Tuscan "pesto" of parsley, capers, olive oil and anchovies. We will also make Cacciucco, a quick fresh seafood stew with tomato and fennel. Learn about and taste delicious examples of Tuscan wine, cheese, olives and cured meats.
TRADITIONAL PAELLA CLASS $60*
A big pan of paella is a beautiful and impressive thing indeed, makes for a terrific dinner party. It feeds a crowd, and as long as you are well prepared, you will spend only about 20 minutes at the stove. In this class we will show you how to make the classic Valencian paella. Our version starts with Bomba short grain paella rice, fragrant saffron threads and rich stock. It is chock full of fresh shellfish, authentic Spanish chorizo, chicken and veggies. In addition, you will learn to make some quick Spanish tapas and enjoy delicious Spanish wine and sherry from our wine shop.
TIP: they sell very nice and inexpensive paella pans at China Fair on Mass Ave. - different sizes too.
PASTA MAKING CLASSES
Learn to make fresh egg pasta at home with ease. This is a hands-on pasta making class where you will learn basic dough technique, cutting pasta, and quick ravioli making. Taste your fresh pasta creations paired with samples from the wine room and take home your handmade bundle of fresh pasta!
SAUCE MAKING CLASSES
Spend an evening in the kitchen with Chef Jason exploring the world of pasta sauces broken down into three types: olive oil, tomato, and cream. Jason will demonstrate techniques and give you tips and ideas you can use for everyday or special occasion meals. Throughout the class, you will sample the sauces with our fresh pasta and wines from the store's collection.
NEW!! FRENCH REGIONAL COOKING: PROVENCE
The first class in our Regional French Cooking Series. This iconic French cuisine delivers some of the world's most incredible dishes. Bouillabaisse from Marseille, is a fragrant seafood stew flavored with saffron and anise, served with a traditional "Rouille". A first course of warm Brandade de Morue to spread on a crusty baguette and a slow cooked Daube Provencal, French beef stew, will be prepared as well. The wine team will provide some terrific examples wines from this particular region of France to pair with the evening's menu.
RISOTTO & GNOCCHI CLASS
In this class we will demystify two of the most challenging and delicious offerings from the Italian kitchen: risotto and gnocchi!
From humble ingredients you will learn to make an easy and impressive spinach and ricotta gnocchi, and learn a couple of tasty preparations and sauces for your airy little pillows.
Once you know how to build the perfect risotto, you can flavor it however you choose. A simple risotto Milanese will be prepared to teach you the basics of this creamy and delicious rice dish.
NEW!! JUST SOUTH OF THE BORDER: MEXICAN FAVORITES!
MIssing your favorite taco truck in Escondido? Chef Jason can help you make your own! In this class we will whip up some great Mexican border favorites. You will learn to make a variety of tacos, including everyone's favorite Baja style fish tacos! Traditional tamales, salsas and sides will also be covered. Sangria anyone?!
NEW!! RAVIOLI, STUFFED PASTAS & FILLINGS
Everything you ever wanted to know about stuffed pasta making! If you have taken our pasta making or sauce making classes, this is the logical next step. Possibilities for pasta fillings are endless, here at the shop we are always coming up with new ideas to fill a ravioli! You will learn the secret to a perfect "ravioli dough" and how to make delicious, flavorful fillings from fresh, seasonal ingredients. We will make a few easy sauces to pair with your filled pastas, then taste it all with some great wines from our shelves.
MAKE FRESH MOZZARELLA AT HOME! $65*
Learn to make cheese with Lourdes, owner of
Fiore di Nonno Handmade Fresh Mozzarella. Join us for a hands-on cheese making class with our favorite cheese maker! Cozy up with Lourdes in the Dave's kitchen and learn to make fresh cheese, using the rich, all-natural curds from Shy Brothers Farm in Westport, MA. After making your own cheese, you will savor fresh mozzarella dishes paired with tasty wines from our shelves. THEN go home with the cheese you just made...a fantastic way to spend a weekday evening. Check out this fantastic Globe article about Lourdes' cheese making class!
NEW!! VIETNAMESE COOKING AT HOME
Vietnamese cuisine is quickly becoming one of America's favorite ethnic choices for it's variety of bold flavors using only the freshest, high quality ingredients. This food is where French technique meets Asian ingredients resulting in a highly evolved, and very tasty cuisine. In this class we will make the traditional beef noodle soup known as Pho. You will learn to construct fresh spring rolls, once you know how easy it is to make them, you will never order out again! You will also learn to make the famous, oh so delicious, French/Vietnamese fusion sandwich, Bahn Mi!
SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER PARTY – $60*
If you have ever dreamed about cooking in a professional kitchen with an experienced chef this class is for you! We are having a dinner party in the Dave's kitchen and we want you to not only attend as a guest, but also prepare the meal. The most hands-on of all our classes, you will be divided into small groups each responsible for a course that will be served at the end of the night. Chef Jason will set the menu, provide the recipes and direction but the class will serve as the kitchen crew. Chef Jason will set the menu using a selection of his favorite recipes, and according to what we have fresh in the shop that day!
NEW!! THAT 70'S COOKING CLASS
Were you that kid who spent your Sunday afternoons glued to PBS trying to catch an episode of "The French Chef" between I Claudius and Dr. Who re-runs? If yes, then this is your class! We will bring back some of the old favorites from this era, that still, to this day, are as delicious as ever when made with good ingredients and proper technique. You will learn classic recipes that stand the test of time... seafood Newburg Vol-Au-Vent, classic French onion soup, and of course fondue! We will be making both the cheese and the chocolate versions of this ageless favorite. Paired with some of our terrific wines, these old favorites will taste new again!
NEW!! MARDI GRAS NIGHT! TRADITIONAL CREOLE & CAJUN COOKING
Come celebrate Mardi Gras with us in the DFP kitchen as we delve into the beloved food of New Orleans. We will make some Creole classics like Jambalaya with shrimp and Andouille sausage, as well as a Cajun style Gumbo. Dave's famous Muffaletta sandwich will also be on the menu, as a customer recently told us that our is better than the Decatur St. original! What exactly is the difference between Creole & Cajun? Come find out why the food of New Orleans is so special and unique, we'll supply the beer, you bring the beads!
If you or someone in your party
has a food allergy or food restriction, please bring it to
our attention BEFORE you arrive for a wine tasting or cooking class.
Are you interested in hosting a WINE TASTING in your own home? How about a private group PASTA OR COOKING class?? call us at 617.623.0867 or stop by the shop for details and availability
*please note that classes and tastings are non-refundable