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Randy Caparoso
August 27, 2015 | Randy Caparoso

Italian inspired wines & menu planned for SIP SAVOR LODI Harvest Dinner under Lodi Arch

Last year's SIP SAVOR LODI Harvest Dinner under Downtown Lodi's Lodi Arch

On the Friday night (6-9 PM) of September 25, 2015, Downtown Lodi's Pine Street (just below the landmark Lodi Arch) becomes one big, long open-air dining room, in the finest wine country town tradition.

At the SIP SAVOR LODI Harvest Dinner, you will be able to enjoy dozens of Lodi's finest wines with a lavish array of courses while cozying up next to many of the Lodi Viticultural Area’s finest winemakers, taking a much-needed breather between their usual breakneck around-the-clock harvest labors.

The dinner will be prepared by Elaine Bell Catering (for over 30 years, one of California's most celebrated wine country chefs); and the wines, of course, will be second-to-none. We have selected the best of the best for this event!

Although it is already almost completely booked, there are still a few seats left. Tickets are $125 per person, or $1,000 for reserved tables of 8 (21 years of age or older, please). To avoid disappointment, visit sooner than later to reserve your seats. You don't want to miss this!

The Menu & Wines

As you see below, SIP SAVOR LODI’S 2015 Downtown Lodi harvest menu will have something of an Italian inspired flair; with which, we will be pouring at least a dozen of Lodi's finest Italian style varietal bottlings (to be announced). The fare:


Ahi Tuna Tartare in crispy cone with ginger & sesame oil wasabi cream & toasted sesame seeds

Bruschetta with tomatoes, garlic & basil

Chilled Brentwood Corn Soup Shots Fresh Figs with lemon crème fraiche mint & light black pepper, garnished with crunch salt & black pepper


Chunky Red, Yellow & Chiogga Beet Salad with avocado, baby arugula, pickled sweet onions, crumbled blue cheese & citrus vinaigrette, garnished with micro-celery

Grilled Pesto Petite Tenderloin of Beef with cabernet demi-glace, rustic meyer lemon whipped red bliss potatoes & orange zest beans, garnished with crispy basil & roasted pepper strips

Layered Terrine of Spinach Ricotta Lasagna with spinach, Bellwether Farms ricotta, béchamel, basil, Vella’s Asiago & Fontina, Italian style tomato sauce, roasted carrots, garden peas & braised pearl onions

Assorted Basque Boulangerie Rolls and sweet butter

*Vegetarian alternative courses available upon advance request 


Golden Crêpes of Poached Apricots with raspberry apricot champagne reduction sauce, hints of orange & caramel sauce

Elaine Bell Catering French Coast Coffees & Tea Selection




Lodi Wine Visitor Center
2545 West Turner Road Lodi, CA 95242
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2545 West Turner Road, Lodi, CA 95242
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