Paolo De Marchi Makes Appearance at Sepia in Chicago
by Jennifer Olvera
So, you can’t make the trip to Tuscany you long for. It’s a bummer, for sure. On the other hand, you can sip seriously good wine from the region—with Paolo De Marchi, no less—at Sepia on April 26.
The storied (some say visionary) winemaker from small-production Isole e Olena will pour six of his rare vinos, including his complex flagship Sangiovese, Cepparello, and Uvaggio, a blend of Nebbiolo, Vespolina and Croatina from Proprietà Sperino, his Piedmont estate in the shadows of the Alps.
As for what’s on plate, executive chef Andrew Zimmerman has prepared quite the lineup. The five-course meal kicks off with a confit of baby octopus with fresh chickpea hummus and black olive honey, followed by tender, braised wild boar belly with anise-scented parsnip and cavolo nero. From there, it’s on to a roasted breast of squab alongside giblet-laced, spring onion risotto with morels as well as grass-fed sirloin with bone marrow “crème caramel,” carrots and cocoa nibs.
For the finale, there’s coconut crème brûlée with caramelized apricots, a dollop of apricot sorbet and almond frangipane. The enviable event begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m.; dinner starts at 7 p.m. The cost is $120, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations, not surprisingly, should be made in advance.