Thursday August the 12th, 2010
Joe's Restaurant will be hosting Michael Mascha of Fine Waters and Jim McMahon of Sweetwater LLC for an epicurean bottled water tasting dinner on Thursday August the 12th.
Michael will be pairing six different waters each with their own unique characteristics and qualities. Chef Joe Miller will be designing a three course tasting menu to accompany the water tasting.
Space will be limited. Please call 310.399.5811 for reservations and more information.
Watermelon & yellow tomato gelee
Tasting of farmers market heirloom tomatoes
D’stephino buretta cheese, aged balsamic
Tuscan tomato, carnirolli risotto
Grilled Spanish prawn
Wild king salmon sous vide
baked yellow & red roma tomatoes
Chamomile tomato consommé
Sonoma lamb in three preparations
Tomatoes in those three preparations
Green zebra tomato, sungold tomato
Rocky sweet & ananas melons
Water is not just water. Enjoy a fine dining experience at Joe’s Restaurant and learn the difference between premium bottled waters and how to pair them with food during this fine dining experience.
At first glance, waters may not seem to have the individual characteristics like those that distinguish wines, but distinct differences become apparent when the attention is focused on water.
Like wine, water has terroir and it is a natural product that originates from a particular place with unique properties. That is of course if you drink premium bottled water. About 40% of the bottled water sold in the US is purified tap water. If it says ‘municipal source’ or ‘purified’ on the label it is simply local tap water processed using reverse osmosis. This is not what we refer to as premium bottled water.
There is nothing wrong with appropriately treated tap water and in some instances it can be filtered to taste quite good. Tap water is for hydration and daily consumption while premium bottled water deserves a place at the table in an epicurean context. In other words, premium bottled water can enhance a fine dining experience.
Joe's restaurant in Venice is joining forces with FineWaters and Sweetwater LLC to bring an evening of food, wine and water pairing to Los Angeles. Six bottled waters will be tasted during a three course plus desert dinner that showcases how water can be matched with food and how different waters can enhance the dining experience.
Enjoying bottled water is not a new trend as many may presume. During the Roman Empire earthen jars filled with naturally carbonated water from Northern Germany (today’s Apollinaris) was transported to Rome at great expense and the 11 aqueducts streaming water into the city were rated according to the taste and quality of the water.
This unique tasting event provides the best introduction to the surprising richness of the taste experience of premium bottled water.
Joe Miller, Joe's Restaurant:
In September 1991, a small restaurant on the edge of an esoteric neighborhood in Venice, California, opened to rave reviews. Utilizing the talents and experience acquired from his training at the Culinary Institute of America, from cooking at such restaurants as Le Perroquet in Chicago, L’Orangerie here in Los Angeles, and from Michel Guérard in France at Eugenie-Les-Bains.
Michael Mascha, FineWaters:
Founder and Publisher of FineWaters.com, the leading portal for bottled water aficionados, educating the consumer on the multitude of choices available in the world of fine bottled water. Mascha is instrumental in setting the "Bottle Water Etiquette", matching fine bottled water with food, selecting the right stemware and serving temperature. Mascha is involved in creating water menus for the hospitality industry and he is the author of “Fine Waters, a Connoisseur’s Guide to the World’s most Distinctive Bottled Waters” called by many the “Bottled Water Bible”. Mascha holds a PhD in Anthropology and Communication Science from the University of Vienna and lives in Los Angeles and Texas.
James P. McMahon, Sweetwater LLC:
During his years of experience restoring rivers and protecting endangered fish Jim came to realize the extent to which our water sources are dangerously contaminated. Seeking a way to help people while building on his experiences, Jim launched Sweetwater LLC in the fall of 2002. Jim provides individuals and businesses with water purification systems. Jim’s focus is on healthy water and customizing water purification systems to the specific water source and the goals of his clients.