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Top Expert to Describe Tapas-and-Wine Pairings at Orissa Thursday

Jazz music makers Mark Morganelli and John Hart will entertain.

Orissa Modern Indian Restaurant in Dobbs Ferry will continue its wine-coupled prix-fixe tapas and tasting dinner series on Thursday, June 21 with jazz and Brazilian music provided by Dobbs Ferry resident Mark Morganelli, performing at flugelhorn and percussion, and accompanied by John Hart on guitar. The tasting dinner will include Orissa Paella (basmati rice, saffron, chicken, mussels, shrimp and calamari).

Sommelier Girish Mhatre will be on hand to describe the wines and answer questions. Mhatre, who is the owner of the Good Earth Winery in the Nashik Valley of India, will serve flights of Aarohi Savignon Blanc (2010), Brio Shiraz (2009), and Basso Cabernet Sauvignon (2008).

The tapas menu:

  • Watermelon Gazpacho
  • Tamarind Shrimp
  • Orissa Paella
  • Bagaray Baigan (Baby Eggplant)
  • Tandoori Lamb Chops

The dessert shooter:

  • Saffron Kuifi
  • Cardamom Chocolate Mousse

Wine pairing:

  • Appetizers (watermelon gazpacho and tamarind shrimp). Paired with Sauvignon Blanc ("Aarohi")
  • Paella and Bagaray Baigan. Paired with Shiraz ("Brio")
  • Tandoori Lamb Chops. Paired with Cabernet Sauvignon ("Basso"

Instead of the prix-fixe tasting dinner, the following options are available: Flight of  featured wines only ($15); tapas menu only ($35); wine by bottle ($30); wine by glass ($10)

Start time is 7 p.m. The cost per person is $40 plus tax and tip. Reservations are recommended.

Orissa is open for lunch and dinner every day except Monday. It is located at 14 Cedar Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY, 914-231-7800. www.orissany.com

Jerry Eimbinder June 19, 2012 at 12:09 PM
The Cabernet Sauvignon is served by the Indian embassy in Washington DC at its official embassy functions according to the Westchester Wine Warehouse website. All of the wines mentioned in the article can be purchased at Westchester Wine Warehouse, 53 Tarrytown Road, White Plains, or via the Internet at WestchesterWineWarehouse.com.

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