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September Events: RN74 Seattle's Fall Tasting Menus, Michael Mina, & New Wine Program

Fall’s bounty is about to land on the scene in Seattle and RN74 is ready, with a new series of tasting menus starting with September’s “Passport Michael Mina” that highlights popular dishes from Michael Mina’s cadre of restaurants throughout the country, including Michael Mina, American Fish, Stonehill Tavern, Bourbon Steak and Nobhill Tavern.

The menu for October will celebrate German/French cuisine with an “Alsatianfest,” while November weather inspires the hunker-down theme of cozy comfort foodand December‘s Festivus is a tantalizing, cross-cultural turn through that diversely delicious season.

September also sees RN74’s debut of “Hometown Heroes,” a new monthly wine program curated by RN74 Lead Sommelier Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen and meant to shine the spotlight on rare and sought-after vintages from stellar, local wine producers. “Hometown Heroes” will profile one winery per month, beginning in September with Seattle’s Cadence Winery.

The acclaimed Seattle winery is best known for its elegant and powerful Bordeaux-styled blends from Red Mountain. Exquisite offerings include the winery’s 2003 Bel Canto ($25 per glass); 2010 CODA ($14 per glass); a 2005 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard ($98 per bottle); a 2005 Taptiel Vineyard ($104); and verticals from Cadence’s acclaimed single vineyard designated wine from the estate Cara Mia vineyard, as well as other, famed Red Mountain vineyards.

The restaurant will feature similarly impressive selections from Reynvaan Winery, producer of Walla Walla Valley Rhone-styled wines, in October and Water’s Winery, producer of elegant and balanced Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and blends in November.
With “Hometown Heroes,” Lindsay-Thorsen will present both select wines by the glass and a vertical series from some of Washington’s most coveted cellars. RN74’s award-winning wine list will feature a dedication page for these influential labels from Lindsay-Thorsen describing how the “Hometown Heroes” have helped distinguish excellence in Washington wine. “Hometown Heroes” will be available to guests of the bar, lounge and main dining room.
“At RN74, the wines of Burgundy are at the heart of our wine program,” says Lindsay-Thorsen. “However, we are tremendously proud to champion the amazing wines and wineries we are producing in our own backyard. We strive to be ahead of the curve, promoting the rising stars of Washington wine and to pay homage to the wineries that have helped us earn our place on the world fine wine stage.”
Sommelier Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen’s passion for wine and fine cuisine has taken him around the world in pursuit of the ancient art and craft of winemaking. He has worked the harvest in Burgundy, New Zealand, Washington and Oregon. Not one to just talk the talk, in 2007 Lindsay-Thorsen took his passion to the next level founding WT Vintners and is currently crafting small lot, single vineyard wines in Woodinville, Washington. Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen holds an “Advanced Sommelier Certification” from the Court of Master Sommeliers and a Sommelier Diploma from the International Sommelier Guild. In 2008, he won the Pacific Northwest Super-Regional Best Young Sommelier Competition and competed as a finalist in the national competition hosted by La Chaine des Rotisseurs International Food & Wine Society.
In addition to the amazing wines explored in the “Hometown Heroes” program, September’s “Passport Michael Mina’s” tasting menu will also feature a stellar wine option, creatively paired by Lindsay-Thorsen.
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PASSPORT MICHAEL MINA
AMUSE BOUCHE -FEATURED RESTAURANT MICHAEL MINA
CLASSIC CAVIAR PARFAIT, SMOKED SALMON, POTATO CAKE, WHIPPED CRÈME
IRON HORSE BRUT, GREEN VALLEY 2006
CHARTOGNE TAILLET CUVEE MICHAEL MINA CHAMPAGNE 2008
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THAI BEEF CARPACCIO – FEATURED RESTAURANT AMERICAN FISH
COCONUT-LOBSTER VINAIGRETTE, CRISPY GARLIC, CASHEWS, POMELO GRAPEFRUIT
PEWSEY VALE RIESLING, EDEN VALLEY 2011
EGON MULLER SCHARZHOFF QBA, MOSEL 2006
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MISO-GLAZED BLACK COD – FEATURED RESTAURANT STONEHILL TAVERN
SWEET SHRIMP DUMPLING, BOK CHOY, MUSHROOM BROTH
PASCAL MARCHAND AVALON BOURGOGNE ROUGE, BURGUNDY 2009
PARENT VOLNAY ‘FREMIETS’ 1ER CRU, BURGUNDY 2005
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PAINTED HILLS BUTTER POACHED HANGER STEAK – FEATURED RESTAURANT BOURBON STEAK

POMME PUREE, CREAMED CORN, MUSHROOM
CADENCE CODA, RED MOUNTAIN 2010
CADENCE BEL CANTO, RED MOUNTAIN 2003
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BUTTERMILK HUCKLEBERRY PANNA COTTA – FEATURED RESTAURANT NOBHILL TAVERN
HUCKLEBERRY COMPOTE, LEMON SHORTBREAD COOKIE
BRAIDA BRACHETTO D’AQUI, PIEDMONT 2011
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The tasting menu is $74, and the wine pairing $47/$74. Reservations may be made online or call 206-456-7474.
Source: Gruman & Nicoll PR, RN74 Twitter (photo)

Jessica Tupper

Jessica Tupper is busy, and likes it that way. As the Food Ninja, she likes to figure out new ways to explore the Seattle food scene - from eating at all the Tom Douglas restaurants in one day to epic sundaes using Bluebird and Molly Moon ice creams. Silly hats may or may not be involved. If you have an upcoming event, grand opening, great product, contact us

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