Published : Monday, September 23, 2019 | 5:08 AM
Parkway Grill in Pasadena is hosting a Cuvelier Los Andes Winemaker Dinner on Tuesday September 24, with French winemaker Baptiste Cuvelier, whose family has been wine merchants dating back to the early 1800s, as special guest.
Cuvelier spent most of his youth working in Bordeaux. His family has been producing under some of the finest labels in Bordeaux including Château Léoville-Poyferré and Château Le Crock. His father Jean-Guy Cuvelier, and uncle, Bertrand Cuvelier, started Cuvelier Los Andes in Argentina when they were part-owners of renowned Bordeaux Chateau Leoville-Poyferre in Saint Julien. The Cuvelier Los Andes estate is located in the Uco Valley at the foothills of the Andes and encompasses 115 acres of still young vines.
In 2009, Baptiste also began to produce wines in Chile under the label Agricola Cuvelier. Every year this talented winemaker creates powerful yet complex and expressive wines that are buoyed by his commitment to biodynamics, a holistic view of agriculture, and high-quality fruit.
Parkway Grill has been a powerful force in the Regional American culinary movement and at the forefront in bringing trendsetting cuisine to Pasadena by specializing in a seasonal, market-driven approach that incorporates diverse influences and classic French technique. Thanks to its progressive spirit and innovations like an exhibition kitchen and extensive use of a wood-fired oven, the Parkway Grill is often referred to as “the Spago of Pasadena.”
Throughout its over 30 years, Parkway Grill, at 510 South Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena, has garnered numerous accolades and awards, although it believes the highest honor bestowed is the loyalty of their clientele.
The restaurant has earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence annually since 1999, Michelin’s The Plate Award, which distinguishes restaurants for serving fresh ingredients carefully prepared, and has been recognized as one of the Best Restaurants in Pasadena by OpenTable Diners’ Choice.
Zagat has also named Parkway Grill as one of the Best Eats in the Pasadena area, and one of LA’s Best California Restaurants.
Demonstrating the ultimate commitment to farm-fresh produce, Parkway Grill plants its own organic vegetable and herb garden behind the restaurant, which continues to thrive on a piece of prime real estate in the heart of Pasadena.
While a growing number of restaurants are now interested in local and organic produce, Parkway Grill was a pioneer in this endeavor that began over 25 years ago. Bob and Gregg Smith, owners of the Parkway Grill, saw the potential for the piece of land attached to the restaurant property, and put every effort into transforming the plot into a prolific garden.
The design of the Parkway Grill is a study in casual sophistication, striking a perfect balance between elegance and rustic approachability. The brick walls are adorned with elegant paintings by Millard Sheets and mixologists prepare hand-crafted cocktails at the expansive bar, an original from 1920′s Chicago. Parkway’s award-winning wine cellar, comprised of upwards of three thousand bottles, includes a broad selection of wines served by the glass.
The bar and lounge at Parkway has also been the site for live music since day one. Music director David Arnay has been with Parkway Grill for over 20 years, specializing in jazz and standards but also playing rock, pop and classical music since childhood. Arnay is on the full-time faculty of the Thornton School of Music at USC.
The venue features pianists with an extensive playlist and who are happy to take your requests. Live music is on every night except Sunday. Fridays feature a jazz duo with Arnay accompanied by a bassist.
For Tuesday’s Winemaker Dinner, cost is $110 per person, not including tax and gratuity.
For more information about the menu, visit www.theparkwaygrill.com/event/cuvelier-wine-dinner or call (626) 795-1001.