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Chef Aaron Tekulve and Guardain Cellars Popup at Whisk February 7th!

February 7th 2017! The first Pop-up dinner of 2017 with Guardian Cellars at Whisk in Bellevue! This will be an intimate 18 guest Chef's Table experience exploring the Winter Bounty of the Pacific Northwest! Visit

We are in the heart of winter and it is time to celebrate the beautiful Pacific Northwest bounty of delicious products once again! This will be an intimate six course dinner paired with six delicious wines from Guardian Cellars and some little surprises along the way.

Guardian Cellars is focused on making stellar wines from Washington’s finest vineyards and so much more. A boutique winery and tasting room, a husband-and wife-team, a cop and reporter.

Winemaker Jerry Riener began Guardian Cellars in 2003 after years of working at Matthews Cellars and Mark Ryan Winery. His goal was to create the best single varietal and blended wines out of Washington’s Columbia Valley. He is relentless about ensuring quality from vineyard to bottle. The fruit is handpicked from the state’s best vineyards, aged in French Oak and tucked away for up to an extra year of bottle aging all in pursuit of his excellence goal.

Guardian Cellars is now producing 3,000 cases with seven different wines and sourcing fruit from Red Mountain, Stillwater Creek Vineyard, Stone Tree Vineyard and Conner Lee Vineyard.

Watch Chef Aaron Tekulve masterfully create each exciting course and savor each alongside Guardian’s fabulous wine selections with winemaker Jerry Riener and team present …all in great company in Whisk’s modern, well-appointed kitchen!

Visit https://www.whiskcooks.com/classes/guardian-cellers-winemaker-dinner/ for tickets and more information

                                                        Six-Course Wine Pairing Menu

Goat’s Milk Ricotta, Meyer Lemon, Olive Oil, Charred Bread

2015 Angel Sauvignon Blanc

Black Garlic Squid Ink Pasta, Smoked Scallop, Lemon, Scallions

2014 Newsprint Chardonnay

Morcilla, Mexican Spice, Preserved Apple, Mustard Seeds, Chicharrones

2013 Chalk Line Red Blend

Ember Roasted Beet, Smokey Rogue Blue Cheese Espuma, Wild Honey, Hazelnuts, Lemon, Parsley

2014 Newsprint Cabernet Sauvignon

Squab Over Charcoal, Red Cabbage, Pomegranate, Charred Onion, Squab Jus

2013 Gun Metal Bordeaux Blend

Blood Orange Caramel Ice Cream, Dark Chocolate, Burnt Miso, Mint

2014 The Informant Syrah

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Chef Aaron Tekulve and Efeste Cellars Popup at Whisk!

December 5th and 6th join us for two incredible nights with Chef Aaron Tekulve and Winemaker Pete Devison at Whisk where you will be taken a on a journey with food and wine. 

EFESTĒ (pronounced F-S-T) believes that great wines are based on two simple principles: terroir and a minimal wine making approach. They utilize native fermentation, which encourages more complexity and produces fuller, richer wines than those inoculated with commercial yeast. The natural yeast within the grapes creates flavors unique to each particular vineyard. EFESTĒ encourage character; great wines should have personality.

With freshly minted medal-winning wines from Seattle Met Magazine, October 2016 and with over eight amazing wines receiving over 90 points from Wine Enthusiast, September 2016, EFESTĒ along with winemaker, Peter Devison, have teamed up with Whisk and Surrell Dinners, Chef Aaron Tekulve for an exclusive, six-course, paired wine dinner that celebrates the seasonal Pacific Northwest bounty. Watch Chef Aaron masterfully create each exciting course and savor each alongside EFESTĒ’s fabulous wine selections with winemaker Pete Devison and team present …all in great company in Whisk’s modern, well-appointed kitchen! Menu may change based on seasonal availability.

For Tickets Click Here:

December 5th https://www.whiskcooks.com/classes/winemaker-dinner-efeste-2/

December 6th https://www.whiskcooks.com/classes/winemaker-dinner-efeste/

The Menu

Roasted Winter Roots, Bone marrow, Charred Bread, Pickles, Watercress, Parsnip Snow

Seared Scallop, Celeriac, Green Apple, Celery Leaf, Yuzu Kosho, Lime, Brown Butter, Cilantro

Ember Roasted Beet, Smokey Rogue Blue Cheese Espuma, Wild Honey, Hazelnuts, Lemon, Parsley

Toasted Semolina Gnocchi, Slowly Poached Duck Egg, Caramelized Squash, Lardo, Coffee, Cumin, Shallots

Elk Over Charcoal, Sunchoke Variations, Sunflower Seed Risotto, Wild Game Jus

Smoked Pumpkin Ice Cream, Dark Chocolate, Pumpkin Seeds, Caramel, Bourbon, Spices

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Surrell and Sparkman Cellars Collaborate for One Special Night!

Surrell and Sparkman Cellars Pop Up at Whisk!

August 2nd Chef Aaron Tekulve of Surrell is collaborating with winemaker Linn Scott of Sparkman Cellars to create a very special "chef's table" wine maker's dinner experience at Whisk in Bellevue!

Summer is here and Chef has been working on some delicious ways to celebrate the beautiful Pacific Northwest bounty of products once again! This will be an intimate six course dinner paired with six delicious wines and some little surprises along the way. 

Winemaker Linn Scott believes that when you source some of the finest fruit in the state, put it in cutting edge barrels, and embrace traditional techniques used by industry icons, you stand a decent chance of producing wines that get Sparkman Cellars named Wine & Spirits’ Top 100 Winery in the World, Wine Spectator’s Rising Star and Cult Winery by Wine Enthusiast. You will watch Chef Aaron create each exciting and delicious course all while savoring Sparkman Cellars fabulous varietals. Menu could change based on seasonal availability.

The Tasting Menu:
Hammachi, Fermented Cucumber, Peppers, Bourbon Barrel Shoyu, Preserved Lemon, Sesame, Mint, Basil

 2015 Birdie Riesling

Marinated Summer Melons, Chevre, Chorizo Salsa, Goat’s Milk, Cashews, Lime, Cilantro

2015 Pearl Sauvignon Blanc

Celtuce, Green Grapes, Marcona Almond, Nasturtium, Burnt Hay, Brown Butter, Lemon

2014 Apparition Roussanne Blend

Smoked Hamhock Braised Octopus, Corn, Peppers, Guanciale, Garlic, Cherries, Radishes

2013 Wonderland Grenache

Charcoal Roasted Lamb, Eggplant, Cherry Tomato, Yogurt, Preserved Lemon, Dill

2012 Stella Mae Cabernet Blend

Sweet Corn Ice Cream, Huckleberry Sorbet, Corn Crumble, Mint Cream, Meringue, Basil

2013 L’Autre Pinot Noir

TICKETS available here for August 2nd, 2016 https://www.whiskcooks.com/classes/winemaker-dinner-sparkman-cellars/

We hope to see you at this fantastic night to celebrate food and wine with us!

- Surrell Team

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Surrell and Darby Winery Popup Again!

June 14th Darby Winery and Surrell Dinners Collaborate Again at Whisk!

We are incredibly excited to be working with our good friend and wonderful winemaker Darby English of Darby Wines again! June 14th will be a deliciously fun filled evening celebrating food and wine with a chef's table environment. 

For those of you who have been to a Surrell Dinners and Darby Winery popup we have held them at the Darby Wines Hollywood Hills Tasting Room, but this time we are coming to Whisk in Bellevue! There we will be on full display offering a chef's table experience to our guests allowing them a full view into our world while we cook and plate the food they will enjoy.

This intimate environment excites all of us and we can't wait to see you there!

The June 14ths Tickets are available at
https://www.whiskcooks.com/classes/winemaker-dinner-darby-winery/

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Surrell Dinners and JM Cellars Pop Up at Whisk!

May 17th and 18th Surrell Dinners is collaborating for these two nights with JM Cellars at Whisk in Bellevue to create a very special "chef's table" wine maker's dinner experience!

Spring is here and it is time to celebrate the beautiful Pacific Northwest bounty of delicious products once again! This will be an intimate six course dinner paired with six delicious wines and some little surprises along the way.

Below are links to the tickets:

May 17th, 2016 https://www.whiskcooks.com/classes/winemaker-dinner-jm-cellars/

May 18th, 2016 https://www.whiskcooks.com/classes/winemaker-dinner-jm-cellars-2/

We hope to see you at one of these fantastic nights to celebrate food and wine with us!

- Surrell Dinners Team

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The November 2015 Washington Wine Dinner Series Presented By Capri Cellars

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The November 2015 Washington Wine Dinner Series Presented By Capri Cellars

We hope everyone is enjoying the fall as much as we are! We would like to say thank you so much for those who joined us for the first month of the Washington Wine Dinner Series at Capri Cellars in Issaquah WA. The guests were fantastic and the evenings were amazing.  It is such a joy to have such adventurous and fu n guests who love to celebrate food and wine at these events.  So thank you all who attended and we are so excited to see hopefully all of you return for November’s new menu and new wine pairing!

For those new to the newsletter and dinner series Chef Aaron Tekulve has found a home to host his delicious creations called the Washington Wine Dinner Series presented by Capri Cellars in Issaquah WA.  Each month a new wine from a Washington Winemaker will be featured and a new very season and very local tasting menu will be presented.

November brings new inspirations and excitement cooking with the wonderful Pacific Northwest Bounty and pairing it Two Vintners Wines. Below is the menu for November that Chef Aaron Tekulve is incredibly excited to cook

The November Tasting Menu Paired with Two Vintners Wines

Seared and Raw Scallop Crudo

Honey Crisp Apple Jus, Ginger, Yuzu Kosho, Lime, Cilantro

Charcoal Roasted Delicata Squash

Smoked Prosciutto, Acorn and Butternut Squash,Smokey Rogue Blue Cheese, Sherry

Burnt Cauliflower and Fried Romanesco

Golden Raisins, Capers, Honey, Pinenuts and Chimmichurri

Hamhock Braised Octopus

Heirloom Beans, Roasted Fennel, Pimenton, Fall Carrots and Potatoes

Darkly Roasted Wild Boar Ribs

Smoked Sweet Potato, Red Cabbage, Chanterrels, Mustard Seeds

Quince Sorbet and Bay Leaf Caramel

Brown Butter Apple Cake, Spiced Hazelnuts, Rosemary

We will be having dinners at Capri Cellars again in November on the 7th, 8th, 15th, 21st, and 22nd if you have any questions about the evenings or would like to book a large party on one of these nights please call Capri Cellars at 425.369.4289 or email Michele Steele at Michele@capricellars.com.

Tickets for the Six Course Dinner with Wine Pairing are $125 plus gratuity and tax equaling an all inclusive ticket price of $165.  Please Call 425.369.4289 for your reservation or Click on the link below to take to you Capri Cellars Shopping Page to purchase tickets https://www.facebook.com/capricellars/app_410312912374011

We hope you join us for these special nights!

 

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Chef Aaron Tekulve of Surrell Dinners Partners with Capri Cellars in Issaquah

Fall is here and with the leaves turning and the cool crisp air reminding us of wonderful fall and winter dishes the seasons are not the only thing changing it up.  Chef Aaron Tekulve of Surrell Dinners and Michele Steele of Capri Cellars in Issaquah have partnered to present a new dining opportunity in the Issaquah and Seattle area titled The Washington Wine Dinner Series starting this October.   Each month this dinner series will feature a new very seasonal multi-course tasting menu paired with a new Washington Winemakers collection of wines.  Chef Aaron Tekulve will be working directly with local farmers and foragers to showcase the best of the Pacific Northwest bounty of ingredients. If you have attended a Surrell Dinners Popup in the past you are familiar with Aaron's creative style and ability to draw incredible flavor out of our local ingredients, and if you a first time diner you will experience a very special night celebrating food and wine in a wonderful way. With a capacity of only 16 diners per night these celebrations of Washington Makers and the Pacific Northwest bounty will be evenings you will not want to miss out on.

 

Here are our upcoming dates and links to tickets and tickets are also available at Capri Cellars in Issaquah:

 

The October Washington Wine Dinner Showcasing Sparkman Wines

October 17th 2015

http://www.capricellars.com/calendar/#event-1471

October 24th 2015

http://www.capricellars.com/calendar/#event-1677

October 25th 2015

http://www.capricellars.com/calendar/#event-1679

And then in November Two Vintners Wines will be featured the 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd with a new menu and exciting pairing! Links to Tickets coming soon!

We look forward to you dining with us!

Please signup for our newsletter to be the first to have information on new events and tickets at surrelldinners.com/newsletter

 

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Aaron Tekulve Battles It Out on Chopped!

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Aaron Tekulve Battles It Out on Chopped!

Exciting news! This September 17th 2015 at 9pm EST join all of us in watching Chef Aaron Tekulve battle it out on Chopped! With arguably some of the hardest basket ingredients ever to be on this show Aaron brings his strong cooking background, high energy and intensity to the Food Nework!  Not too much can be shared right now about the show, but know that this will be an episode you won't want to miss!

Premieres Thursday September 17th 2015 at 9pm EST

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Surrell Dinners and Darby Wines Popup Again!

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Surrell Dinners and Darby Wines Popup Again!

On September 1st and 2nd Chef Aaron Tekulve of Surrell Dinners and Darby English of Darby Wines match up again to bring you a night of amazing food and wine! Multiple courses from Aaron paired with Darby's incredible wines will make these nights you do not want to miss! Below are links to each night to purchase tickets! 

September 1st - http://darbywinery.orderport.net/product-details/0083/Winemaker-Dinner--Sept-1

September 2nd - http://darbywinery.orderport.net/product-details/0101/Winemaker-Dinner--Sept-2

THE MENU

Marinated Melons, Smoked Cashews, Chevre, Chorizo Salsa, Chilies, Mint

Summer Cucumbers and Eggplant, Dragon Beans, Fermented Radishes, Charred Leeks, Smoked Honey, Pistachios, Flowers

Prawn Confit with Tender Herbs, Crispy Shells, Zucchini, Summer Squash, Yuzu Kosho, Smoked Hamhock Dashi, Bruleed Egg

Trotter Tots, Black Mission Figs, Stone Fruit, Lardo, Mustard, Spicy Greens, Pork Sherry Jus

Slowly Roasted Duck Over Charcoal, Oaxacan Mole Negro, Fresh Corn, Lime, Heirloom Tomatoes, Upland Cress

Captain Crunch Ice Cream, Milk Jam, Huckleberries, Captain Crunch Crumble, Cinnamon Toast Meringue Served With: Ice Cold Cereal Milk

We hope to see you there!

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May 26th and 27th Dinner with Darby English of Darby Winery and Chef Aaron Tekulve of Surrell Dinners

Dinner with Darby and Chef Aaron Tekulve

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | 6:00 pm AND!
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 | 6:00 pm
14 person Limit per evening, $145 + tax per person
Darby Hollywood Hills Tasting Room
14450 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE #110, Woodinville, WA 98072

We are very excited to be hosting two Winemaker dinners at our Hollywood Hills Tasting Room. Both dinners will be a very intimate affair, limited to just 14 people. Chef Aaron Tekulve from Lark Restaurant in Seattle will prepare a 6 course meal paired with Darby Wines including selections from the Library and perhaps even an unleased wine or barrel sample. If you are dining with us that evening, you might even get the change to purchase a bottle or two of the library wines being poured. Chef Aaron is an amazingly talented and creative chef. This is sure to be another amazing meal not to miss! This will sell out quickly so don’t delay in purchasing your tickets. Visit our Online Store to purchase your tickets.

The Menu to be Paired with Darby's Amazing Wines

Ember Roasted Baby Carrots
Spicy Carrot Kimchi, Snap Pea, Pea Vines, Chevre

Smoked Egg Yolk in Ash
Paddle Fish Caviar, Crème Fraiche and Spring Onion,
Olive Crustini, Serranos

Waygu Beef Tartar
Bone Marrow Custard, Capers, Whole Grain Mustard,
Puffed Beef Tendon

Cappelletti Pasta with Bacon Bolognese
Parmesan Espuma, Calabrian Chilies, Herb Oil, Buttery Crumb

Smoked and Slow Roasted Pork Jowel
Asparagus, Morels, Black Garlic Jam, Crispy Hamhock,
Pork Mushroom Dashi Reduction

Burnt Wood Panna Cotta
Graham Grissini, Thyme Marshmallow,
Spicy Chocolate, Hazelnut Streusel

If you know anyone who would enjoy this please invite them to purchase a ticket as well!

Here are direct links to the dates
May 26th http://darbywinery.orderport.net/product-details/0083/Winemaker-Dinner--May-26

May 27th http://darbywinery.orderport.net/product-details/0101/Winemaker-Dinner--May-27

 

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Exciting Times Are Here...

2015 is here and all kinds of culinary exploration is happening with us at Surrell Dinners getting ready for new events.  Please follow us on twitter, facebook and instagram by clicking on the social media links at the bottom of the page to stay up to date and see more amazing food.

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