Zambra combines the fun, social style of tapas dining with locally sourced farm-to-table ingredients. The multifaceted menu changes nightly, always delivering a smorgasbord of Spanish-inspired concoctions that make for easy sharing, entertaining eating, and excellent reenactments of scenes from Godzilla vs. Chorizo. Possible tapas options include mixed sautéed mushrooms wrapped in sweet-potato wontons and edamame ($7) and prosciutto-wrapped medjool dates with goat cheese and honey ($6.50). For diners who seek heartier eating, Zambra's paellas offer up delectable, layered flavors—meat-free diners can dive into the vegetarian paella with fresh vegetables and roasted garlic ($10 per person), and seafood fanatics can harvest the bounties of the deep with lobster, calamari, clams, shrimp, and mussels ($17 per person).
The president of Northampton Wines, Richard deBondt, lends his perceptive palate and vast vino-centric knowledge to Italy Exposed, a one-hour educational exploration of the world's second most refined beverage after Tang. Learn proper tasting technique and pairing methods while sampling seven premium Italian wines, accompanied by a selection of Italian cheeses and fresh-baked bread from the Wine Café. Between sips, discover the basics of Italian wine-law and learn to read an Italian label, so you don't get fooled into buying a $500 bottle of moustache oil. Insatiable imbibers can also take advantage of a special 20% discount on all in-stock Northampton Wines merchandise.
Christopher’s Wine & Cheese is located at the corner of Sunset Drive at Main Street in Historic Downtown Blowing Rock, NC - just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. We hand select each wine to reflect the best taste and value of each wine region – locally and around the world.
Dozens of bottles of wine line the walls and the menu at The Corkscrew. Their selection of more than 30 wines includes reds hailing from Tuscany, Argentina, and South Africa and whites from Portugal, California, and New Zealand. To complement the vino, mixed nuts, olives, and cheeses make for delightful pairings, which can be enjoyed in the chic dining room or on the outdoor patio, where people practice looking regal in case the Google Maps car rolls by.
Head chef Jon Martinson and owner-sommelier David Soper incorporate fresh local ingredients into a menu brimming with unique tapas, flatbread pizzas, and other seasonal bites. Warm up with an order of rosemary-brown-butter roasted nuts ($5), or submerge tooth divers in the Cajun sweet corn and crab dip ($6). For the main course, shareable small-portion tapas entice diners with a spectrum of unique tastes. Mussels perform tableside feats of strength with a topping of red curry dashi, coconut milk, and miso butter ($8), and grilled flank steak teams up with a locavore-pleasing Clover Farm mushroom and spring-onion bread pudding ($12). At lunch, Nanny’s margherita flatbread tut-tuts unruly hunger ($6), and a mouthwatering pulled-pork sandwich served on a soft bolillo roll dives playfully into tomatillo-ancho chili sauce ($10).
Executive chef and owner Jim Alexander has created an upscale dining experience worthy of a world-class New York or London eatery, with a menu of contemporary French cuisine that remains accessible to all diners. Educated at New York’s Culinary Institute of America, Alexander has been widely recognized within the restaurant industry, including earning a stint on the 1996 gold-medal-winning US Culinary Olympic Team. His mastery of the kitchen shines not only in the well-flavored meals, but also in Zebra’s characteristic artistic presentation. Most dishes benefit from ambitiously sculpted food combinations, each a brilliant array of colors, shapes, and textures.