Table Talk for November 13


November 13 2007, 10:12 PM
TONIGHT: CLASSIC PERUVIAN DINNER Peru is a hot topic in the culinary world, and Limón, chef-owner Alex Gurevich's Uptown restaurant, is just the spot to get acquainted with the cuisine and culture. While Gurevich usually dishes up "novoandino" fare, a modern take on Peruvian food, tonight he's cooking a classic four-course meal, complete with pisco sours (the national cocktail), and two wine pairings. For $50 you'll dine on ceviche, potatoes dressed with aji pepper sauce, lomo saltado (stir-fried beef with tomatoes, soy sauce, and scallions), and duck with cilantro rice, while 5280 contributing writer Kazia Jankowski presents a slideshow. Jankowski recently returned from several months in Peru where she authored the Moon Peru guidebook and launched Pica Peru, a culinary travel business. A portion of the dinner's profits go to Better Peru, a nonprofit designed to help needy families in the southern part of the country. Limón, 1618 E. 17th Ave., 303-322-0898 For reservations, contact 303-513-8878 or [email protected] IN SEASON: FIGS Each year I look forward to the all-too-short fig season. And with baskets of fresh black missons showing up in the produce aisle, now's the time to enjoy the fleeting fruit. There are several ways to eat figs, but grilling the fruit allows for the insides to caramelize and deepen in flavor.    Snip off the small stem, cut in half and toss with olive oil, a dash of kosher salt, and a drizzle of aged balsamic. Grill two to three minutes per side until grill marks appear. Serve over microgreens and fresh Haystack Mountain goat cheese. Drizzle with more olive oil and balsamic (or your favorite balsamic dressing), and serve.    Or, for a taste variation, pair the grilled figs with Haystack's queso de mano, a hard, raw-milk cheese that was recently given a nod in the November issue of Food & Wine magazine. NEWS: COLORADO WINES Last week, the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board recognized three restaurants (one in Denver and two in the Roaring Fork Valley) for supporting the local wine industry. The winners this year:
  • Best Colorado Wine List by the Bottle: Juicy Lucy's Steakhouse in Glenwood Springs
  • Best Colorado Wine List by the Glass: Mercury Cafe in Denver
  • Best use of Colorado Food and Wine: Restaurant Six89 in Carbondale