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She’s better known for having put together the wine and cocktail program at Starlite, but Kate MacWilliamson has much broader adult beverage goals. Her current mission is to enlighten drinkers to “the magic of Beaujolais.” She experienced the magic firsthand several years ago when she visited the region and hopes to wield a bit of it with several hand-selected bottles and a little help from Starlite chef Kathleen Wise during a Beaujolais dinner on Thursday, November 17.

Three Beaujolais (two of which were just released) will be poured and the accompanying three-course bill of fare will consist of recreations of some of MacWilliamson’s favorite food memories from her time in France. “The food in Beaujolais is very simple and earthy. One might even call it peasant food,” says MacWilliamson. “The simplicity of it is very satisfying and marries wonderfully with the wine.”

Dupueble Beaujolais Nouveau made from organically farmed Gamay grapes will be served with a caramelized onion tart topped with local greens, while a 2010 Chateau Thivin Cote de Bouilly will accompany house-made sausage crafted in the Lyonnaise style from pork, garlic, white wines and traditional herbs. The final course will feature a very fruity Jean Foillard Beaujolais Nouveau with a lightly tart and only mildly sweet tart buttermilk custard pie. The price per person is $50 and reservations can be made by calling (619) 358-9766 or on the restaurant’s website (be sure to include the words “wine dinner” when RSVPing). Starlite is located at 3175 India Street.

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