Waterleaf Restaurant in Glen Ellyn to Host Woodward Canyon
Wine Dinner, March 26
Wine Dinner, March 26
Glen Ellyn, Ill. (February 2014) - Waterleaf Restaurant on the College of DuPage campus (425 Fawell Boulevard; telephone 630-942-6881) will host a very special wine dinner event on Wednesday, March 26 featuring the acclaimed wines of Woodward Canyon, Walla Walla Valley, Washington State. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a Champagne reception, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The price of the four-course, four-wine dinner is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Located in the Walla Walla Valley appellation of Washington State, Woodward Canyon Winery was started in 1981 by Rick Small and his wife, Darcey Fugman-Small. The wine makers' approach to both growing and making wine consistently puts them at the top of American wineries. Their passion and love of France are reflected in the style of both their red and whites. The winery has consistently produced premium, award-winning cabernet sauvignons, merlots, chardonnays and many other varietals.
Waterleaf's lauded Executive Chef, Nadia Tilkian, has prepared a delicious seasonal menu for the event. The dinner begins with Butter Poached Lobster with Vanilla, Citrus Confit, paired with 2011 Woodward Canyon Chardonnay. The second course features Merlot-Poached Pear, Upland Cress, Spiced Hazelnuts, Goat Cheese Cream, Merlot Emulsion Vinaigrette, paired with 2010 Woodward Canyon Merlot, Columbia Valley. The third course presents Roasted Loin of Venison, Wild Mushrooms, Pea Puree, Black Pepper Jus, paired with 2010 Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon. The fourth course is a Cheese Selection, Kumquat Chutney, Marcona Almonds, paired with 2009 Woodward Canyon Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon. Completing the dinner is Chocolate Pavlova with Winter Fruits.
About Woodward Canyon The Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard is located three miles north of the winery in Lowden, Washington. The vineyard was first planted in 1977 on third generation family land previously utilized for cattle and wheat production. It is planted predominantly to cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and cabernet franc. There are various experimental northern Italian and Provence varieties planted as well. The Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Estate Red are the three principal wines produced from the Estate Bordeaux plantings. The Washington State Chardonnay is typically a blend of fruit from the Woodward Canyon Estate and Celilo Vineyards and occasionally an Estate Chardonnay is produced as well. Very small amounts of Barbera, Dolcetto and a Provence-style blend (Erratic) are also produced from the Estate.
All grapes are sustainably grown at Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard. Celilo Vineyard, one of the oldest vineyards in the state, was planted in 1972 on Underwood Mountain in Skamania County, in the Columbia Gorge. Underwood Mountain, an extinct volcano high above the Columbia River near the town of White Salmon, lies straight north across the Columbia River from Hood River, Oregon. Soils can be as deep as 45 feet and retain moisture well, allowing Celilo Vineyards to survive without irrigation. The deep rooted vines bring a mineral characteristic to Celilo's wines along with higher acidity. With quality as the primary goal, Woodward Canyon has remained small, increasing its production from 1,200 cases in 1981 to its current production of about 15,000 cases. About 7,000 of this total production is Nelms Road, Woodward Canyon's second label.
Waterleaf restaurant is located at 425 Fawell Boulevard in Glen Ellyn, IL. The 150-seat restaurant led by General Manager Jean-Pierre Leroux and Executive Chef Nadia Tilkian is a hidden gem, nestled on the campus of College of DuPage.
Featuring moderately priced brunch, lunch and dinner options, expect to find locally-sourced ingredients on its approachable menu. In addition to a seasonal a la carte menu, Waterleaf features specials events like wine dinners, a prix-fixe 3-course dinner for $35 and an annual food & wine festival every fall.
The contemporary, light filled dining room is the understated counterpart to exciting eclectic cuisine. The main dining room has a modern décor and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows. Its walls display a collection of black-and-white lithographs by renowned American artist Richard Serra. There is a cozy bar area to enjoy libations and light snacks.
Waterleaf restaurant has earned Diner's Choice Awards for Best Ambience, Best Overall, Best Service, Fit for Foodies and Special Occasion on OpenTable.com, where it maintains a 4.8/5.0 rating. Most recently, Waterleaf received its second consecutive 2013 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. This award, given annually to restaurants in the U.S. and 65 countries worldwide, acknowledges that Waterleaf's beverage program is consistent with its dining concept, style and price point. The restaurant is widely recognized as the dining destination of choice for foodies living and visiting Chicago's western suburbs.
Waterleaf serves lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday; dinner hours are 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Brunch is served 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 630-942-6881 for information or reservations or visitwww.waterleafrestaurant.com.