Thursday, October 6, 2011

Executive Chef Paul Petersen & Vivo Lake Creek to Host Fall-Inspi​red Wine-Pairi​ng Dinner

Vivo Lake Creek to Host Fall-Inspired Wine-Pairing Dinner:
Menu to Include Chef Paul Petersen’s Tex-Mex Specialties and
 Selections from Growing Wine List

 (October 6, 2011) Austin, TX ­— Vivo Lake Creek is giving diners another reason to raise a toast this November. Northwest Austin’s hot spot for elevated Tex-Mex cuisine, Vivo Lake Creek is hosting a wine-pairing dinner featuring a refined, first-class menu created by Executive Chef Paul Petersen and wine selections from Vivo’s impressive and continually growing wine list. Inspired by the change of season, Vivo’s five-course wine dinner ($75 per person) begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
 Since recently joining Vivo Lake Creek, Chef Petersen, a longtime family friend of owner Roger Diaz, has expanded and enhanced both Vivo’s food menu and wine list, nearly tripling the number of San Antonio-inspired Tex-Mex food choices and growing the wine list from six to 40 bottles. A master of creating traditionally influenced yet contemporary Tex-Mex fare, Chef Petersen has developed a wine-pairing menu for this special dinner event that speaks to his culinary creativity and abundance of wine knowledge.
 Chef Petersen’s first course for Vivo’s November wine dinner is an enticing dish of Lobster Mini Tacos with caramelized onions, roasted poblano cream and cilantro, paired with the light and floral 2007 Crusher Viognier from Clarksburg, California. The second course features delectable Spice-Seared Mahi Mahi with a spicy tomato and olive Veracruz sauce served with a Spanish rice cake and paired with the rich yet balanced 2009 Crusher Chardonnay from Clarksburg, California. Next up, Chef Petersen will delight diners with his polished take on a Tex-Mex favorite: Smoked Pulled Pork Nachos with parsnip puree and an apple and green onion slaw, paired with the earthy, black-cherry undertones of the 2009 Aquinas Pinot Noir from Napa Valley. Chef Petersen’s fourth course includes Red Wine and Chili de Arbol Braised Beef Short Ribs with a creamy queso Oaxaca, corn masa pudding and spicy reduced braising liquid, paired with the full-bodied B-Side Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Completing this special five-course meal is Chef Petersen’s Roasted Poblano-Spiked Chocolate Torte served with an avocado-mint cream sauce and cinnamon whipped cream, paired with the 2005 Three Loose Screws “Used Auto Parts.”   
“I love hosting wine dinners,” Chef Petersen says. “People don’t necessarily associate wine with Tex-Mex food, but at Vivo Lake Creek, we feature elevated Tex-Mex. We’re really changing diners’ minds about what Tex-Mex can be and pairing dishes with beautiful, higher-end wines that lend themselves well to our cuisine. We may not be a four-star restaurant, but we’re certainly going to act like it.”

Seating for this special November wine-pairing dinner is limited, and guests are asked to RSVP to (512) 331-4660.
Vivo Lake Creekis located in the Lake Creek Village Shopping Center in Northwest Austin and features a variety of San Antonio-style Tex-Mex cuisine, signature cocktails and a growing wine list, all served in a plush, inviting and sensual lounge environment. For more information about Vivo Lake Creek and the upcoming November wine-pairing dinner, call (512) 331-4660, or visit

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