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The season change brings with it a change in our palates as well as great additions now available from our local farmers. To take advantage of the summer freshness, Chef Alex has added four new dishes to our Söntés dinner menu. Here’s the inside scoop on the dishes, as well as Chef’s own thoughts on creating them:

Belly Duo
20140618_145949This new Midwestern Tapas dish combines the rich textures of braised beef belly and braised pork belly with complex flavors of beef jus, jalapenos and pickled onions.

“The flavors work so well together,” says Chef Alex. “I’d been dreaming about doing a combo like this for a while now, and then one of our local producers, Hart Farms, said they could deliver the belly I needed.”

Tessa’s Notes: Try it with the Sotor Pinot Noir

Smoked Chick Pea and Couscous Salad
Mixed greens and frisée with a dash of olive oil and tarragon, mixed with Israeli couscous and topped with chick peas that we smoke in-house.

photo“This dish is a more vegetarian approach to salad,” says Chef Alex. “I tried it on the side of a few plates and everyone loved it. The flavor combination is uncommon. It’s a dish that no one else is making.”

Tessa’s Notes: Try it with the Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier or even the Predator Zinfandel

Roasted Rack of Lamb
20140618_193729With half a rack of lamb served with French green lentils, this entrée is sure to please. Lamb has a wonderful, earthy flavor but is not very heavy on the palate, making it a great summertime dish.

Chef Alex has the lamb brought in from a farm just north of the Cities. “Because it’s so fresh,” he says, “I’m not adding herbs or a spice rub to the meat. I’m letting the lamb speak for itself.”

Tessa’s Notes: Try it with the EOS Petite Syrah

Chocolate Pot de Crème
Chef Alex has added chocolate custard (made with Valrhona French luxury chocolate) topped with Chantilly cream and fresh berries to the Söntés dessert menu.

photo-2“It’s rich, but it won’t weigh you down after eating dinner,” he says. “It’s very summer-approachable.”

Tessa’s Notes: Try it with the Graham’s Natura Porto

Get in season with us at Söntés! Now that you’ve read all about it, stop in and try these fresh, local dishes for yourself. Enjoy them in the air conditioning, or out on the patio!

Fresh. Local. Summer… Söntés.

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