Chef Laura’s drink pairings are perfect for taking your Dream Dinners meal to the next level.
Whether you are celebrating a big event, having close friends or family over for a meal, or simply savoring the end of a long week, our flavorful meals and tasty pairings will make the occasion stand out.
March Menu Items
Suggested Pairing: Pinot Grigio
This meal calls for a crisp Italian white wine like pinot grigio. The bright lemony sauce, cheese tortellini, and mixed vegetables match perfectly with the minerality of light white wine.
Peach Bourbon Chicken
Suggested Pairing: Classic Bourbon Sour
This pairing couldn’t be any more obvious; it’s literally in the name! A classic bourbon sour is so perfect for this meal, balancing nicely with the chicken dish’s tart bourbon and peach flavors. Have fun with your bourbon sour, and add ginger, mint, or fruit!
Cod Fish N Chips with Tangy Tartar Sauce
Suggested Pairing: Pale Ale Beer
This classic British dish is often served with a cold Foster’s beer, but if you don’t have any Foster’s laying around, then a pale ale beer will be perfect. The beer’s lightness will cut through the crispy outside and flaky cod center of this tasty meal.
Southern Shrimp and Grits
Suggested Pairing: Viognier
This recipe can be tricky to pair with wine due to its spicy nature and light seafood flavor, but a nice viognier does the trick! The medium body viognier cuts through the spice and tartness of this meal, allowing you to savor the many flavors of this dish.
April Menu Items
Salmon with Creamy Tarragon Sauce over Crispy Potatoes
Suggested Pairing: Chardonnay
Did you know that salmon practically begs to be paired with a nice buttery chardonnay? It’s true! The natural oils in the salmon complement chardonnay’s complexity, plus this wine can nicely cut through the herbaceous tarragon sauce.
Bacon Jam Burger
Suggested Pairing: IPA or Merlot
Whether you are craving a cold beer or fruity red wine, this burger can handle them both. The bacon jam is a perfect combination of salty and sweet with a touch of umami flavor from the bacon; this makes it a great candidate for a jammy merlot or a deep and dark IPA.
Chicken Tikka Masala
Suggested Pairing: Riesling
Indian dishes are known for their big flavors and bold spices, so it only makes sense to pair our Chicken Tikka Masala with a bold riesling wine. The slight sweetness of a riesling cuts through any heat in the dish, making it a perfect match.
Suggested Pairing: Hefeweizen Beer
This meaty, cheesy sandwich needs a crisp and light beer to help wash it down. The light-bodied Hefeweizen is perfect for soaking up this savory East Coast classic!
Raspberry Lemon Tartlets
Suggested Pairing: Sparkling Gamay Rosé
This dessert has a major “wow” factor, and so it needs a wine that is equally decedent. The sparkling rosé matches the lightness of the tartlets, while the Gamay echoes the raspberry flavor, making this the perfect pair for any celebration (even if it’s just to celebrate the end of a long week).
Pineapple Upside Down Cakes
Suggested Pairing: Port
Nothing pairs better with these sweet pineapple cakes than a classic port. Though sweet, you’ll find that port has a magical depth of flavor that will be an easy sipper to wash down this tropical dessert. Enjoy!