Dinner. That's it.The Rotermanni Quarter has the most ambitious architecture in Tallinn. It has lots of ambitious people working and living there. And, of course, ambitious ideas are carried out there.
The square in the middle of the quarter is so far well known as the location of the Rotermanni market. One of their ambitions is to provide an alternative to the Town Hall Square in the Old Town. This ambition has, until now, been realized at a slow and careful pace, but slowness and carefulness are just not appropriate for this quarter. And from now on, there's no more of that.
On June 3rd, at 19:00, there will be the DINNER. That's it. No more words are needed. Everyone knows already that this dinner is going to be by far the greatest of public dinner parties given so far in the open air, with tables covered with white tablecloths.
A dinner for up to seven hundred people is above all a major logistical operation. But in the end, each individual will attend the event for the sake of the food. The food will be prepared under the supervision of the chefs Roman Zaštšerinski and Igor Andrejev of the Moon Café.
Assuming that everything will go according to the plan, 70 big trouts and legs of 350 rabbits will be eaten that evening, accompanied by 400-500 bottles of wine. All signs indicate that the ambitious idea will be realized, as the number of tickets sold has exceeded all expectations.
Let's lift the veil of mystery and see what exactly will be served in that evening.
The wines served at the dinner take a „trip around the world.” All of them are fairly well-known and well-liked in Estonia but they are certainly high-quality wines, not belonging to the grocery-store selection.
The opening wine Cordoniu Cava still manages to surprise. This time, it surprises with its companion – tomato consommé. The latter is not at all red-coloured but tastes more than genuine. And what is most important: the two liquids form a superbly harmonious and balanced pair.
The very first Spanish Cava was produced nowhere else than at the Cordoniu Winery. The old and dignified wine, served in an ultra-modern environment in the company of passionate tomato is going to be an extremely chic opening to the sensational dinner.
Mmm.... The flavours are just as fresh and pure as the photo promises. Honey-glazed sea trout goes well with different wines. Maybe its spirit would desire a more lush Riesling but it will still graciously comply with its partner for the evening – Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio&Verduzzo.
A large dinner company has its own requirements. The food must not be too complicated but allow it being served to hundreds of people without having to make sacrifices in terms of taste. And the winery has to be large enough to provide great quantities of very good wine for a very good price.
But nothing can be said against wise choices – as long as they are really wise.
Shy rabbit, for some reason seen on the tables of this region more seldom than it could or even should be, introduces the old gentleman Shiraz from the New World (South Africa) to the society. Nederburg is the official wine of the soon-to-start World Cup in football and the oldest winery of South Africa. Their Manor House Shiraz is considered to be one of the world's best wines of that variety.
A highly intriguing couple. But they behave in a decorous manner, showing mutual respect.
The wine is mellower and more nuanced than most of the Shiraz wines. It adds spice to the monotonous life of rabbit.
Unlike rabbit, chocolate and fresh cheese mousse bursts with vigour and spirit. In fact, this dessert is a really complicated case for selecting the wine. We don't really have a wide choice of wines that suit desserts. And most of those are just as powerful.
Two fierce spirits will not make a good couple, as we know. But we are lucky to have excellent sommeliers. The wine selector of the Rotermanni dinner Kaidi Kerdt has found Tarapaca Late Harvest that does not try to overpower the mousse.
The dinner both starts and ends with a surprising combination. Everyone with a spark of serious interest in food and drink will be there. Think well – can you afford to leave yourself out of this?