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We invite lovers of wine to attend a 2017-2018 Prelude evening, which will culminate in the 16th annual First Press Fine Wine Dinner & Auction in the spring of 2018.

At our gourmet dinners, Italian chef Gabriele Bertaccini will craft for public radio listeners a wine-paired, five-course meal around the cuisine of a single region of Italy.

At our wine-tasting events, dozens of public radio listeners will enjoy some exceptional wines from around the world that will be paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres or artisanal cheeses.

Prelude Dinner: The Tastes of Italy – The Northern Kitchen

Northern Italy was the first part of the country to industrialize in the 19th century, and cities like Turin and Milan are still major manufacturing centers today. The Piemonte region around Turin formed the core of the future Kingdom of Italy, although the fashion world now holds court in Milan. If Northern Italy is an economic powerhouse, then it’s also a gastronomic one, too. Risotto is a traditional northern Italian dish with varieties like Milan-style, golden yellow from saffron, or Venetian-style, black with squid ink. Locally-grown hazelnuts add depth and flavor to many northern desserts, although during the holiday season, the raisin-infused panettone takes center stage.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
6:45pm – Reception
7:30pm – Dinner

The Chef’s Den
215 East Catalina Drive
Phoenix, Arizona 85012
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ONLY 2 TICKETS LEFT!

$150.00

Prelude Dinner: The Tastes of Italy – Rome & the Lazio

The Lazio was the core of the Roman empire 2,000 years ago, and today this central region includes the capital of the modern Italian state, Rome. Dripping with history, the Eternal City is home to the world’s finest museums, churches, and ruins, but it’s also the center of Italian cinema, business, and media. Traditional dishes from Rome and the surrounding region include veal cutlets simmered in white wine, artichokes fried in olive oil, and pasta with Amatriciana sauce.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
6:45pm – Reception
7:30pm – Dinner

The Chef’s Den
215 East Catalina Drive
Phoenix, Arizona 85012
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SOLD OUT!

$150.00

Prelude Wine Tasting #3

Friday, January 26, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The Vault Wine Storage
4117 North 44th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Map (located north of Indian School Road on 44th Street)

$30.00

Prelude Wine Tasting #4

Friday, February 16, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Meridiem Kitchen & Lounge
1245 South Price Road
Suite #1
Chandler, AZ 85286
Map (located just south of the 202 on Price Road)

$30.00