Classes are always in session at Eastern Standard. Continuing the restaurant's "Standard Education" series, Wine Director Colleen Hein is providing guests a peek into the Champagne region drawing from her experiences there this spring.
During her extensive travel through Champagne in April to visit boutique grower Champagne producers, Colleen learned about the region's cool and often challenging climate from small, artisinal producers who are defying the staunch traditions and techniques that have defined Champagne for centuries. She now gives guests a glimpse by way of glass into the exciting changes that are slowly taking place in the region, pairing hand-selected sparkling and red iciness from Champagne and five courses of Eastern Standard's New England-inspired bistro fare.
The menu and pairings include:
Island Creek Oysters with Cucumber Mignonette and Caviar
Bereche et Fils, "Les Beauc Regards" Blanc de Blancs (2009), Craon-de-Ludes
Citrus-Cured Rhode Island Fluke with Smoked Salmon Roe, Ginger and Garden Radish
NV Alexandre Failaine, "Cuvee Speciale" Brut 1er Cru, Damery
Grilled Sea Scallop with Sweet Corn, Crisp House Bacon and English Peas
NV Benoit Marguet, "Reserve Grand Cru" (2013), Ambonnay
Roasted Rabbit Saddle with Porcini, Favas and Mustard Cream
NV Georges Laval, Brut Nature 1er Cru (2012), Cumieres
"Miranda" Washed Ring Cow's Milk (Walton, NY)
NV Laherte Freres, "Les Baudieres" Extra Brut Rose de Saignee (2013), Chavot
When & Where
Located in Boston's Kenmore Square neighborhood, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks opened in May 2005. The definition of a neighborhood brasserie, its clientele of regulars runs the gamut from students to captains of industry, soccer moms to young professionals, and restaurant industry folks to sports figures. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, guests can enjoy dining at the bustling bar, canopied outdoor patio or handsome dining room. The first solo venture from restaurateur Garrett Harker, Eastern Standard has made an indelible impression on the Boston dining scene.