Food and wine tastings allow people to diversify their palates in one day, a feat previously attainable only by cramming five frozen dinners and a variety pack of juice boxes into a blender. Savor expanding horizons with today’s Groupon to Gitan Bistro Cru. Choose between the following options:
- For $49, you get two tickets to a winemaker’s pairing dinner, and two $10 gift cards to the wine store (a $120 value).
- For $85, you get four tickets to a winemaker’s pairing dinner, and four $10 gift cards to the wine store (a $240 value).<p>
Pairing dinners occur monthly through March, generally on the second Wednesday; the next meeting is Wednesday, November 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
During each of Gitan Bistro Cru’s monthly galas, visitors sip from eight small-production wines crafted at sustainably farmed wineries around the world while sommeliers share their expert knowledge. Featured vintages include Laurent Miquel’s Nord Sud viognier with aromas of white flowers and tastes of apricots, orange blossoms, and happiness ($24/bottle), and Londer Vineyards gewurztraminer, which tickles the nose with hints of honeysuckle and rose petals ($40/bottle). During the course of the evening, wines join forces with artisanal cheeses and French-infused Lebanese fare crafted by chef Pauline Guiragoss to form palate-conquering tag teams. Epicurean creations arrive in tapas form or full-fledged entrees such as shrimp scampi and beef bourguignon on fine china. Festivities conclude by granting guests the opportunity to fashion their own taste fusions or bottle-juggling acts at home with a romp through the wine shop.
Gitan Bistro Cru
Gitan Bistro Cru has the personality of a romantic neighborhood gathering spot, plus the food and drink to match, making it a great destination for dates. Its wood floors and mustard-colored walls envelop visitors, who stop by to fill up on the restaurant's French- and Lebanese-inspired dishes. The menu features sandwiches, soups, and a roster of Lebanese-style small plates, including hummus accompanied by warm pita bread. From behind the bar, servers dish out specialty cocktails, as well as rare, hard-to-find wines.