Thursday, March 1, 2012

Prairie Grass Cafe and Evolution Wine and Spirits present Yalumba Winemaker's Dinner

Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, IL 60062; 847-205-4433) and Evolution Wine andSpirits (1704 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647; 773-772-9463 and 2766 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062; 847-272-2200) are presenting a wine dinner featuring the Australian wines of Yalumba Winery with a special appearance by Yalumba’s Ambassador of Wine Jane Ferrari.

Prairie Grass chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris have worked with representatives of Yalumba to present the perfect food and wine pairings. The evening will begin with a reception featuring a Mini Crab Cake on a spoon with basil remoulade and bacon tempura with Ranch dressing and NV Jansz Sparkling Rose. Following the reception, the dinner menu will begin with Mushroom Soup with a petite Capriole Farm Goat Cheese “cake” served with 2010 Yalumba ‘The Strapper’ GSM. The second course will feature Sauteed Loup De Mar (Bronzini) with avocado, grapefruit and cucumber salad. This makes the ideal pair for 2010 Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier. Following this, the menu will continue with Slow Braised Short Ribs over potato puree and root vegetables. This course pairs excellently with 2006 Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Shiraz and 2009 Yalumba The Cigar Cabernet. An Artisanal Cheese Course will follow, paired with the library bottling of Yalumba Octavius Shiraz. Coffee will be served to end the meal.

The Yalumba Winemaker’s Dinner at Prairie Grass Cafe is Thursday, March 8, and will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. with dinner following at 7 p.m. Tickets for this event are $92, all inclusive. Seating is limited.

To make reservations for the Yalumba Winemaker’s Dinner at Prairie Grass Cafe, contact Evolution Wine and Spirits at 847-272-2200 for the Northbrook location or 773-772-9463 for the Chicago location. Reservations can also be made by emailing

About Jane Ferrari
Jane Ferrari is not simply a Yalumba employee, she’s a company crusader. Born in Adelaide, brought up in Alice Springs and an inveterate traveler, she’s been around enough to know that the blend of elements that makes up Yalumba and the Barossa is rare indeed, and worth taking the time and trouble to explain to people, whether industry insiders or consumers. She’s a trained winemaker, a born story-teller, a canny judge of character (people or horses), an olive oil producer and custodian of a treasured gum-studded block of Barossa land.

Yalumba was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith, British migrant and English brewer, who had brought his family to Angaston seeking a new life. After purchasing a 30-acre parcel of land just beyond the southern-eastern boundary of Angaston, Smith and his son began planting the first vines by moonlight. Samuel named his patch "Yalumba" – aboriginal for "all the land around." Five generations and 160 years later Yalumba, Australia's oldest family owned winery, has grown in size and stature, embodying all that has made the Australian wine success story the envy of winemakers the world over. For more information, visit

Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd.; Northbrook, IL.; 847-205-4433) supports Chicago’s Green City Market and local sustainable farms, selecting the freshest ingredients to reflect the season. Prairie Grass Cafe currently serves lunch Monday - Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and dinner Monday - Sunday; Tuesday - Thursday 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Monday and Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prairie Grass Cafe also serves breakfast Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays 9:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Light fare is available in the bar Monday through Friday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (847) 205-4433 or visit

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