This week one of Asheville’s best restaurants, Rhubarb, will be hosting a 5-course wine dinner featuring eclectic food and wine pairings from the the region of Burgundy. In the post-holiday lull, Chef John Fleer and Importer Steve Pignatiello will team up on a fantastic wine dinner showcasing the best wines of the Burgundy region.
John Fleer is one of the best and most well known chefs in Asheville. Fleer was named one of the “Rising Stars of the 21st Century” by the James Beard Foundation and is a four-time finalist for the James Beard “Best Chef in the Southeast” award. In this upcoming dinner at Rhubarb, guests can look forward to five courses that showcase John’s Appalachian take on Burgundian cuisine, and six pairings from the best of Burgundy’s small, family producers. There might be an extra surpise or two (in the liquid form)….
In addition to food expertise, importer Steve Pignatiello will be on hand spoiling guests with delicious burgundy wines. Pignatiello is best known as an importer of fine, hard-to-find scrumptious French wines. During a family vacation nearly 10 years ago to the Burgundy region of France, he uncovered a business opportunity that has enabled him to combine his masters degree in international business, his fluency in the French language, and his unbridled passion for both the wines and the people who produce them. In essence, while Pignatiello is simply a wine importer based in Asheville, N.C., a more appropriate title might be ambassador to family-owned vintners in Burgundy.
The dinner will be held at Rhubarb this Thursday January 12, from 6:30-9:30 $90, tax and gratuity not included. Call Rhubarb (828.785.1503) to make a reservation!
Eating Asheville is also proud to have both Rhubarb and their sister restaurant The Rhu as partners on our walking food tours! So, if you can’t make it to the dinner this week, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy fine wine and food pairings by John Fleer himself on on weekend High Roller tours! Cheers foodtopia!!