Wine Dinner Indicators?_lowres


Combine the seasonal tourism and convention lull we see here every summer with poor economic news overall, and it's no surprise that more and more upscale restaurants are running deals to lure in local diners.

Now it looks as though hard times might be holding sway over swanky wine dinners as well. Consider this menu for the four-course (plus hors d'oeuvres) "Old World Winery Dinner" that La Petit Grocery chef Justin Devillier (pictured) will put on this Wednesday, Aug. 12:

Hors D'oeuvres

Smoked Line Caught Sockeye Salmon --crème fraiche, dill, salmon roe, chive blini

Steak Tartar --smoked aioli, red wine mustard, quail egg

Chicken Rillette -- apricot jam, chicken cracklin'

2007 White Night Rose


First Course

Chilled Roasted Beets -- spiced pecans, arugula, smoked bacon, goat cheese

2008 Bon Temps LeBlanc


Second Course -- Kurobuta Pork Belly Mezzaluna

grilled gulf shrimp, fresh jalepeño, preserved lemon

2008 Tweek Block


Third Course -- Roasted Duck Breast

carrot ginger agnolotti, confit garlic, edamame

2005 Pinot Noir


Fourth Course -- Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding

bourbon vanilla bean cream

2004 Zinfandel

The cost. . .$47 per person. That doesn't include tax and tip – which would bring you to about $60 a person -- but it still seems like a substantial departure from the norm for wine dinners at restaurants of similar caliber. It's normal to see such repasts sold for $75, $85 or $100 a head.

Everything's relative, but provided you're in a position to drop this kind of money for dinner, this one looks like a steal.