Saturday, February 27, 2016

Denia Pop-Up, Authentic Dishes from Valencia, Spain

From our friends at Slate Wine Bar + Bistro...

Slate Presents a Denia Garden Pop-Up

Authentic dishes from Valencia, Spain

On March 9th and 10th from 5-10 PM, Slate Wine Bar & Bistro will be featuring a pop up of Denia Garden, Slate’s Chef/Sommelier, Danny Lledó’s tribute to his family’s homeland in the town of Denia in Valencia, Spain. Denia has been named among the top gastronomic areas in Spain, second only to San Sebastian. The menu features authentic dishes this destination city in Spain. Denia is especially known for its gastronomy. The local cuisine is typically that of the Costa Blanca, which combines delicacies from both land and the Mediterranean Sea. The Costa Blanca is rich in fish, especially the red shrimp of Denia, vegetables, olive oil, rice and fruit, and the area is known for such its Paella Valenciana, Arrós a banda, and when rice dishes create Socarat (the rice that gets richly flavorful and crunchy when it forms in the bottom of the pan.)

The menu will include a variety of authentic paella and noodle dishes, seafood and meats that are native dishes of Denia.  Tapas include Pernil ibèric i formage de cabra i pan tomaca (Serrano ham and drunken goat cheese with fresh grated tomato on toasted bread); Ensaladilla rusa rosada amb tonyina (Russian Olivier salad with tuna and beets); Ensalada de espinaques, taronges i ceba (spinach and orange salad); Polp sec torrat (chard dried octopus with olive oil and sea salt); Gambes estil de Dénia (Denia style head-on shrimp) and Croquetes de pernil ibèric i bolets (Serrano ham and mushroom croquets.)

Main courses include choices from land and sea with entrees including Paella de vegetals (Vegetable Paella with “Bomba” Rice); Arròs a banda amb gambes (Denia´s tasty fish stock “Bomba” rice dish with head-on shrimp); Fideua de ànec i foie (Fideua noodle Paella with duck confit and foie gras); Xulletó de Dènia: tonyina amb tomacat (Denia´s Veal Chop: Tuna Steak with “Tomacat”) and Xuletes de corder amb queridilles del pobre (Grilled lamb chops with poor man´s potatoes).

Sweets are also a priority, along with Spanish beers, wines and specialty cocktails which will also be on the menu during the pop up. Sweets include Arròs amb llet cremat (caramelized rice pudding); Profiterol, gelat de turró de Xixona i xocholat (house-made profiterol turrón ice cream and chocolate ganache) and Pastissets de Sant Josep (St. Joseph pastries with yam and arromas of anis.)

On March 9th, wines will be 50% off and on the 10th, there will be a personal sommelier tasting of Spanish wines to go with the menu.

Slate’s wine list has over 170 reds, whites, rosés and bubbles from around the world, and seven or more flight choices daily. Chef/Sommelier Danny Lledó’s special Personal Cellar Selections, limited edition bottles from his own wine cellar are offered at minimal mark-up, allowing guests the option of tasting extraordinary vintages, and personal tastings are conducted monthly. Artisan and classic cocktails are also available, as well as a variety of beer.

Slate is located at 2404 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, and is open for lunch, dinner and brunch Monday-Thursday 11:30 AM - 10 PM; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 AM - midnight; and Sunday, 11 AM - 9 PM. For further information and reservations, call (202) 333-4304 or visit