Monday, January 10, 2011

Paggi House Hosts Zu Vodka Dinner With Celebrated Mixologist Jan. 26th

Paggi House to Host Pairing Dinner Featuring ZU Vodka:
Event to Include ZU Vodka Cocktails Prepared by
Celebrated Mixologist Daniel Undhammar

(January 10, 2010) Austin, TX — One of South Austin’s most historic and iconic restaurants, Paggi House, known for its fresh approach to modern American cuisine, is hosting an exclusive pairing dinner featuring ZU Vodka, a renowned bison grass spirit whose recipe originated in Poland more than 600 years ago. Taking place January 26, 2011, this special five-course pairing dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. with a happy hour in the Paggi House bar, where attendees may meet and greet the restaurant’s Executive Chef Shane Stark and ZU Vodka’s internationally recognized, award-winning mixologist, Daniel Undhammar, before being seated for dinner at 7 p.m.

Only 26 seats are available for this rare and exceptional dinner-pairing event ($75 per person), which will highlight five innovative and seasonal dishes expertly prepared by Chef Stark alongside five one-of-a-kind ZU Vodka cocktails such as the ZU Toddy and the Szarlotka Cocktail, a blend of ZU Vodka and unfiltered apple juice garnished with a blade of bison grass.

Mixologist Undhammar, winner of the Chivas UK Bartender of the Year Award, among many other distinctions, will treat guests to an array of knowledge about ZU Vodka, an authentic spirit long prized by Polish nobility and royalty. Available throughout the US since just last year, ZU Vodka’s rich, centuries-old heritage can be found in every bottle, where you’ll find a single blade of bison grass hand-harvested from Poland’s protected Bialowieza Forest, where the only remaining herd of protected European bison roam. Only 21 families hold the permits required to harvest this rare bison grass, and a mere 50 farms surrounding the forest harvest the rye and distill the spirit. Additionally, the water used to create ZU Vodka is drawn from a deep well located in a region called “The Green Lungs of Poland” thanks to its pristine natural environment. This finely crafted vodka is further purified using a state-of-the-art rectification process, enhancing its smooth taste and texture.

Made by CEDC, the only bison grass vodka producer authorized by the Polish government, ZU Vodka provides the palate with a peppery, botanical, herbaceous and earthy flavor and a long-lasting, pleasant finish. And because each bottle of ZU Vodka contains a real blade of bison grass, a distinct aroma of grass blades offers a natural and complex dimension unlike any other vodka available in the world.

This exclusive ZU Vodka pairing dinner will be hosted by Paggi House, located at 200 Lee Barton Dr. in South Austin. For more information or to make reservations, please call (512) 473-3700, email or visit

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