Monday, April 19, 2010

Get Earthy

Got plans for Earth Day yet? Pacci Ristorante does! Pacci is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on Thursday, April 22 with a special three-course menu from Chef Keira Moritz for $35 per person (not including tax and gratuity).

Appetizers on the Earth Day menu include local greens with candied pecans, Sweet Grass Dairy goat cheese croutons, Georgia peach vinaigrette and port reduction; smoked Georgia shrimp crespelle with Lolla Rossa and tomato vinaigrette; and grilled plantation quail with corn pudding and arugula pesto.

Entrée options include peanut crusted mountain trout with warm potato gnocchi and escarole salad; porcini dusted pork tenderloin medallions with wild mushroom ragout; and Springer Mountain chicken breast with grilled scallion and roasted tomato risotto.

The dessert course features pecan praline bread pudding with peach zabaione and peanut butter mascarpone cheesecake with Savannah tupelo honey. If there was ever a reason to go to Pacci, I'm thinking these desserts are it!

The best part is that this menu is only one of many efforts to support sustainability at Pacci. The restaurant has also implemented the Kimpton Restaurant EarthCare program whereby all seafood served is solely sustainable in accordance with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, and 30% of Pacci’s wine lists feature eco-friendly selections. The restaurant is also giving guests the opportunity to recycle and receive wine discounts with its Cork to Fork promotion in partnership with ReCORK America. To help ReCORK America obtain more corks for reuse, Pacci is asking patrons to bring in real corks from wine bottles and to buy a bottle of wine with their dinner. The restaurant will deduct 2 percent off the total bill for every cork brought in up to a maximum of 20 percent off.

So grab your corks and head to Pacci for a delicious way to honor Earth Day.