Francesca’s Host “Cabernet is King” Wine Dinners

Several Francesca’s restaurants are presenting exciting and innovative wine dinners in November. The five-course meal will be expertly prepared by Francesca's chefs and is paired exquisitely with six select wines.

The dinner is $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.

The “Cabernet is King” dinner begins with crostini with smoked salmon, crème fresh, arugula, and apricots, paired with a refreshing 2010 Hall Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley.

This is followed by braised pork cheeks ragout over creamy white polenta, which complements 2008 Stags Leap Hands of Time, Stags Leap AVA.

The third course is handmade veal ravioli with roasted shiitake mushrooms, veal au jus, and parmigiano reggiano. This is paired with 2008 Antinori Antica, Atlas Peak AVA.

The fourth course features cast iron black angus rib eye with porcini flavor and roasted fall vegetables in a cabernet reduction, which is a delicious pair for both 2007 Minor, Stagecoach Vineyard and 2008 Chappelett Signature, Oakville, Pritchard Hill.

Dessert will be an assortment of chocolate truffles, pairing perfectly with a 2008 Viader “Dare,” Napa Valley.

Lisa Mango, Francesca’s Sommelier, will be in attendance at Francesca’s Vicinato November 11 to speak about the wine selection and how they pair with Francesca's menu.

The original Mia Francesca opened its doors in Chicago back in 1992, providing customers with delicious Italian fare, comfortable surroundings, and friendly service—a successful business model that allowed for the concept to quickly grow into a national brand.

Lisa Mango is a veteran in the restaurant industry with more than 30 years of experience.

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