If you want flashy, this dinner isn't for you.
If you want polish, quality and deliciousness, have a seat. Little Italy's Kettner Exchange and Napa's Cakebread Cellar - both curiously under the radar - are coming together for a five-course wine dinner that will put them, and keep them, on your radar.
Other restaurants and wineries might get more buzz or be considered more au courantbut cognoscenti know it's the quieter types you have to watch for.
For the dinner on Thursday, July 6, Kettner executive chef Brian Redzikowski's menu has his trademark Cali-Asian touches in a progressive pairing from reception appetizer through dessert with sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon and late harvest sauvignon blanc. Click here to see the full menu.
"When I think of Cakebread Cellars, I think of one of the Napa Valley's most classic winemakers - while they're more famous for their chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, all of their wines are universally balanced and precise," Redzikowski said.
"I've taken this same approach in creating balance and precision with my menu and I think the pairing of Cakebread Cellars wines with some of our signature dishes is going to be pretty outstanding."
Redzikowski will be in the kitchen with Kettner chef de cuisine and Tasha Elkovitch, district manager for Kobrand Wine & Spirits, who represents Cakebread in the San Diego market.
Cakebread is one of the most venerable names in Napa, having been founded in 1973. The "little family winery" has evolved into a deservedly respected brand that produces elegantly accessible wines.
The wine dinner starts with a reception. Tickets are $140, plus gratuity. Tickets can be bought here.
6 p.m. Thursday, July 6. Kettner Exchange, 2001 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. $140 (619) 255-2001 or kettnerexchange.com