Paul Cataldo put on two wine dinners in eight days.
That’s a lot of food. That’s a lot of wine. And for him, that’s a lot of work.
On June 18, he worked with his daughter Caitlin and kitchen staff to serve seven courses to around 50 people.. Rick Hutchinson of Amphora Winery spoke about his wines, which were paired with the courses. His red wines from the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County, Calif. drink nicely. And Rick is a blast.
At that dinner, the gazpacho probably needed to be a bit chunkier and other courses were stellar. As I wrote Friday, the granita was the best thing I tasted all week.
On Wednesday, June 26, Cataldo and his staff did it again, this time with Mahoney Vineyard from near Napa, Calif. Owner Francis Mahoney wasn’t here, but Joe Nagin and winemaker Ken Foster were. With more than 60 people at the dinner, it was loud. People were having fun. And Cataldo, with son Tony and his staff, put out some amazing food. Jay Fields of Indiana Wholesale Wine & Liquor Co. did a great job pulling it all together too.
The salad was incredible. The soup was probably the weakest course, but wasn’t bad. The pasta and steak and dessert were great. And the Fleur and Mahoney wines were great too.
Here’s a gallery, first with images from the Amphora meal and then from the Mahoney meal, in order of the courses.