Mesa's Caffe Boa to host 1st wine dinner Jan. 26

Ivan Batic

Newly opened Caffe Boa Bistro, an east Mesa spinoff of the longtime Tempe restaurant, will host its first winemaker dinner Jan. 26. Featured guests will be Ivan Batic (pictured) and his son, Miha, of Batic Wines, located in Slovenia in central Europe.

The Batic winery is known for its organically grown grapes – no fertilizers or chemicals are used – which matches Boa chef Payton Curry‘s philosophy of using all-natural ingredients.

The six courses:

• Amuse bouche;

• Kona hamachi with McClendon’s ruby grapefruit, avocado, Maya’s micro arugula and Piranske fleur de sel (2008 rosé of Cabernet Franc);

• Frisee salad with Berkshire pork belly, crispy panko poached egg and champagne vinaigrette (2007 Zaria);

• Crepinette with radicchio and house sausage (2006 Cabernet Franc Riserva);

• Colorado free-range lamb rack with pepperonata and tepary beans (2007 Merlot);

• Apricot tartin (2003 Valentino).

A reception starts at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $79 per person, plus tax and tip, and seating is limited. Reservations: (480) 968-9112.

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