Thursday, September 29, 2011

Maitakes, wine and wine

Zebra chef-owner Jim Alexander notes he got maitake mushrooms (also called "hen of the woods") in this week that are "huge ... so big we are displaying them in the bar!" He's serving them all week, over risotto with shaved Reggiano Parmesan cheese with red Burgundy, for example. 4521 Sharon Road; 704-442-9525.

hosts a Torbreck dinner Oct. 7 with the Wine Vault. On the menu: smoked salmon with Torbreck Steading; sliced Cajun ribeye with Woodcutters Shiraz; steak frites and Descendant; and more. $100; reservations: 704-548-9463.

Zink offers a five-course Duckhorn Vineyards dinner Oct. 12, with someone from the winery there to answer questions. The menu includes butter-poached Maine lobster tail with 2009 Migration Chardonnay; Snake River Farm Berkshire pork belly trio with 2008 Merlot and 2004 "Three Palms" Merlot; Painted Hills N.Y. strip with 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2004 Howell Mountain Meritage Blend; and more. $85; 704-909-5500; 4310 Sharon Road.