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Chef, winemakers offer ‘Insiders View’

Different Pointe of View, the AAA Four Diamond mountaintop restaurant located at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs, will host top winemakers from across the globe for six exclusive Insider’s View Dinner experiences.

Executive Chef Anthony DeMuro, left, of the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs’ Different Pointe of View 5-star restaurant, is joined by Doug Filipponi, co-owner of Ancient Peaks Winery in  Paso Robles, Calif., and server Ian Cahill during the “Insider’s View Dinner” held on Sept. 25 (photo by Teri Carnicelli).

Executive Chef Anthony DeMuro, left, of the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs’ Different Pointe of View 5-star restaurant, is joined by Doug Filipponi, co-owner of Ancient Peaks Winery in Paso Robles, Calif., and server Ian Cahill during the “Insider’s View Dinner” held on Sept. 25 (photo by Teri Carnicelli).

Limited to just 12 guests, each Insider’s View Dinner begins with an outdoor wine reception hosted by the owner of the featured vineyard, followed by a four- to five-course dinner prepared entirely tableside by Executive Chef Anthony DeMuro, with wine pairings for each course. The diners enjoy a superbly crafted meal while watching the sun set on the city skyline below.

Pork belly with southwest polenta round.

Pork belly with southwest polenta round.

September’s diners enjoyed appetizers including the restaurant’s famed lobster bisque, paired with the Ancient Peaks’ light and fruity sauvignon blanc. Dinner courses included pork belly with southwest polenta, boneless lamb medallions with a squash puree, and braised short ribs with risotto, concluding with a luscious apple cake a la mode. Additional wines included a zinfandel, and the popular Renegade, a red blend.

Doug Filipponi, co-owner of Anicent Peaks Winery, spoke about the history of the winery, what makes the soil so unique (an ancient sea bed with fossilized oyster shells in the soil), and his passion for winemaking.

The Insider’s View Dinner Series will run through May 2015. The schedule includes:
• Oct. 24: Peju – A family-owned and operated winery located in Napa Valley’s Rutherford Appellation, Peju produces award-winning wines from

its organic farmed vineyards and solar powered winery facility.

Lamb medallions with butternut squash puree.

Lamb medallions with butternut squash puree.

• Nov. 14: Seven Hills Winery – One of Walla Walla Valley’s oldest and most respected wineries, Seven Hills Winery crafts an acclaimed portfolio of vineyard-designate and appellation-inspired wines that are recognized as some of the finest wines in the Northwest.

Other features wineries include Joseph Drouhin (France) on Jan. 23; J. Hofstätter (Italy) on Feb. 6; Tedeschi Wines (Italy) on March 6; Mastroberardino (Italy) on April 10; and Campuget (France) on May 1.

Each Insider’s View Dinner begins at 6:15 p.m. at the restaurant, 11111 N. 7th St. Reservations are required and available for $99 per person, inclusive of dinner and wine pairings. Call 602-866-6350.

 

Apple spice cake a la mode.

Apple spice cake a la mode.

Braised short ribs with risotto.

Braised short ribs with risotto.

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