Although Kai and Dorothy Showket have stepped away from winemaking for a while, their wares were featured at a recent winemaker dinner hosted by Rosemary’s Restaurant in Las Vegas.
Rosemary’s addresses the question: Can a high-end restaurant that is not located in a Las Vegas Strip mega-resort survive and thrive, dependent largely upon nearby residents?
The answer to that question is a resounding yes. As one local magazine put it: “Rosemary’s remains the gold standard for Las Vegas neighborhood restaurants.”
Of course, the restaurant has two pretty good things going for it, namely Emeril Lagasse proteges Michael and Wendy Jordan. And naming the restaurant after Michael’s mother had to score big on the culinary karma scale.
But people wouldn’t keep going back – the key to success for any neighborhood eatery – if the food weren’t good. And it’s beyond good, as you can discover for yourself if you pick up the Jordans’ cookbook, “Food of Love.”
Those who attended the Showket Wine Dinner at Rosemary’s were treated to a dining-out grand slam home run: exceptional dishes paired with world-class Napa Valley wines.
To get your creative food-and-wine pairing juices flowing, here’s a look at the menu:
Mushroom Duxelle Stuffed Profiterole with Fennel Aioli. Served with a Champagne cocktail.
Rabbit Terrine with Vanilla Bean Tossed Arugula, Kiln Dried Cherry Relish, Toasted Brioche and Red Wine Syrup. Served with Showket’s 2007 Sangiovese.
Gorgonzola Risotto Stuffed Faro Quail on a Bed of Swiss Chard and La Quercia Prosciutto with a Rhubarb Sangiovese Berre Rouge and Fried Sage Leaves. Served with Showket’s 2007 “Asante Sana” Super Tuscan.
Trinity Smothered Bison Filet with Chef Wendy’s “Get a Man Sweet Potatoes” and Creole Bordelaise Sauce. Served with Showket’s 2007 Bordeaux-style “Proprietary Blend.”
Dark Chocolate Tart with Cabernet Anglaise and Cassis Sorbet. Served with Showket’s 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.