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ECHO AfterDark: Pop-Up Gastronomy

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Start: 6:00 pm

ECHO AfterDark is a program that encompasses a variety of new and exciting events designed specifically for our growing adult audience.

We're always "mixing it up" for this audience with diverse topics of the day and new this year, ECHO AfterDark has partnered with local restaurant Pistou to produce three Pop-Up Gastronomy evenings that will explore summer cooking and the wine of Southern France.

“Pop Up” Gastronomy is a popular wave that is rolling through cities where local restaurants "pop up" and serve guests in a non-traditional setting. Burlington's version will take place at ECHO on the evenings of July 23, August 6, and August 20.

ECHO AfterDark and James Beard Award nominee Chef Max Mackinnon of Burlington’s Pistou will present dinners that celebrate the warm weather regions of Provence, Rhône Valley, and Northern Basque country. Max will guide guests through the scents and tastes of these famous culinary regions while sitting lakeside on ECHO’s beautiful Terrace.

August 20: Basque country straddles the France-Spain border and features a distinct language, culture and cuisine. The rugged Atlantic seacoast and steep mountain villages contribute to a unique surf and turf food-way. Dinner tonight will be served on many small plates - referred to as Pintxos by the Basques and tapas by the Spanish. Look for great preparations of coldwater fish such as cod and hake. Eels, with their unique lifecycle, play an important part in this regional cuisine. From the mountains, look for dishes of grilled meats, legumes, and new world transplants such as potato and pepper. The Basque people have a unique pastry tradition famous around the world. Wines from the Irouléguy appellation in the Basque region as well as neighboring Gascony will be served.

Hewing closely to Chef Max Mackinnon and Pistou’s philosophy of freshness and seasonality, the exact menu will be designed within days of the event for maximum quality and impact. Pistou, located on Main Street in Burlington offers seasonal French cuisine paired with carefully selected wines designed to evoke terroir and sense of place.

Only 60 tickets are available for each evening and can be reserved by calling Pistou during business hours at 802-540-1783. Dinner is prix fixe at $55 for ECHO members and $60 for all others. Wines, especially chosen for the event will be available at $6 per glass.

Seating is at 6 p.m.

Can't make it? This event is also being offered on the following dates:

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