Greetings from Carrboro,
I get a lot of junk emails. And like the rest of you, I delete 99% of them. But the travel ones always get me. It takes an act of extreme will for me to delete anything promising some sweet deal comprised of sunshine and palm trees and endless sunsets. Especially in January. In moments of shameful weakness, I rationalize the irrational and plug in random dates. Then I stare blissfully at pictures of St. Croix or St. Kitts – you know, the beatified Caribbean – understanding full well that my MacBook screen is as close as I will get to any island paradise that’s not in, say, Jordan Lake. Oh, well. A man can dream.
That’s why I’ve decided to bring the vacation to Carrboro. And you’re invited. It’s that easy. Take that, Travelocity gnome. Wanna go to the beach? Got it. How about a trip to Spain? Done. And that’s just this week. Really, I’m not messing around.
Monday night – yes, this Monday – Acme is thrilled to have two of Spain’s great winemakers joining us for dinner. Ceferino Lopez will be pouring his great white wines from Galicia in Northwest Spain. The grape is Godello – pronounced DE-lish-us in English – and the wines are downright electric with seafood. And we also will have Carlos Yecora from Luberri in Rioja. Distinct and powerful, the wines work incredibly well with the southern palate of our kitchen. And it’s Rioja, need I say more.
The dinner will be five courses and five wines. Price is $65 per person. Tickets to the dinner are very limited and must be purchased in advance by calling the restaurant (919 929 2263). A credit card number will be required. Menu is below. We will kick things off at 6:30 pm. It will be a great night of food and drink. No passport required.
But before we go to Spain, we’re going to the beach. Tonight. Well, in fact, every Thursday night. It’s Acme’s Oyster Half-y Hour. Half-priced oysters for half the night. Basically, a dozen Shooting Point Oysters for 12 bucks. You can’t beat that. If you want the true beach experience, we can have a bored teenager serve you for no extra charge.
Well, that’s all the news from Carrboro. The staff at Acme look forward to serving you soon.
The Staff at Acme
The Acme Wine Dinner
with Ceferino Lopez & Carlos Yecora
leeks, blood orange
2016 A Coroa Godello
Seafood pot pie
blue crab, shrimp, and striped bass
2014 A Coroa Godello “200 Cestos”
grilled quail, rabbit, smoked onion
2016 Luberri Rioja “Orlegi”
pistachios, rosemary, manchego, parsnips
2012 Luberri Rioja “Biga”
banana, caramel, sea salt
Maestro Sierra Pedro Ximenez Sherry