wednesday night i finally got to dine at spruce, which many consider to be one of the best restaurants sf has to offer. but even better, i got to dine for free thanks to foodbuzz and black box wines. the evening started with a delicious selection of charcuterie paired with black box's riesling and merlot. over a dozen food bloggers mingled with foodbuzzers and friends from black box wines, doing what food bloggers do best - talk incessantly about food. for dinner, we luckily were quarantined from the non-food blogging world. we whipped out our cameras without fear of being judged by neighboring diners. the introduction of each dish was followed by a flood of flashes and the beeps of digital slr's. in between bites and sips of our unending pours of black box wines, the chatter skipped from raving about one restaurant after another. i was in heaven, free to indulge my obsession with a group of people just as food-obsessed as myself.
spruce knew that the expectations were on with such a tough crowd to feed and served up a delicious four-course dinner. but what surprised me the most was how great it all tasted paired with boxed wine! this is by no means a knock on spruce but a compliment to black box wines black box wines is definitely on a mission to prove that boxed wines does not have to mean cheap wine. instead i've decided it's more economical wine. the quality is all there and you have no need to worry about spoiling or corking - who could ask for more from their wine? as one of the converted, i'm sipping a glass of their merlot as we speak (they were nice enough to send us all home with a box). please excuse any typo's that may occur as a result of drinking and writing.
spruce & black box menu
beet & pear salad with aged goat's milk cheese, walnut vinaigrette
2008 new zealand sauvignon blanc
roasted halibut with fennel, chanterelles, fennel fumet
2008 monterey county chardonnay
2008 napa valley reserve chardonnay
grilled bavette steak with duck fat potatoes, bordelaise
2007 california cabernet sauvignon
2007 central cost shiraz
mark sullivan, executive chef (also of woodside's village pub) comes out to greet us at the end of the evening. food bloggers cameras all start flashing at this rare celebrity-chef siting. yes, we are a funny bunch that really should always be quarantined.