Paella demonstrationPaella is an incredibly versatile dish, and an excellent main course for almost any occasion.  Serve it at parties, corporate events, weddings, or even take the ingredients on a camping trip.   Get ready to make paella this summer by coming to Paris Madrid Grocery this Saturday at noon (June 1) and learn how easy it is to make this fabulous rice dish! We’ll be making a large paella in front of the store, explaining the essential ingredients and demonstrating how to put it all together, step by step. Paella Santa Fe   We’ll prepare it on a portable gas paella burner, which is a fantastic setup for cooking it outdoors, especially in front of a crowd.  We stock these paella burners and pans in many sizes so you can make any size, anywhere.    The cost for the demonstration is $5.00 per person including a copy of our recipe and a small serving of paella.    There’s no need to make a reservation or buy tickets in advance, just arrive before noon, this Saturday, June 1.

paella on Seattle KitchenListen to Sharon talk about paella with Tom Douglas and Theirry Rautureau.   It was thrilling to be on the air last week with these two James Beard award-winning chefs to talk about Spain’s most popular dish!   The show, Seattle Kitchen, aired on KIRO radio 97.3 FM last Saturday and Sunday.   And you can now hear our discussion of paella on the show’s podcast available here.

sao jorge cheesePortuguese cheeses arrive:  Our favorite cow’s milk cheeses from the Azores Islands are back in stock! Choose from intense and spicy DOP São Miguel aged 9 months, tangy Beira, and crumbly, semi-hard Topo São Jorge.  But we are over the moon about the new DOP São Jorge, aged 12 months.   Intensely flavored and creamy with a vibrant flavor, it has hints of burnt caramel and a bit of spice.  This will make an excellent counterpoint on a cheese plate!

Foillard Beaujolais VillagesJean Foillard Beaujolais-Villages 2017 ($25.99)  LIMITED!   30 cases of this wine were allocated to Washington state, and we received 6 bottles.  Importer Kermit Lynch sums up the wine this way:  “The Morgons of Jean Foillard are among the most sought-after Gamays and for good reason. For decades, they have expressed grand cru–like character from a region often written off for producing mediocre wines. Now Jean has set out to elevate the more humble Beaujolais-Villages in the same way he did for the cru of Morgon. Vines planted on steep granite hillsides and the classic Foillard touch in the cellar provide a remarkable Gamay that is soft and silky with layer upon layer of complexity and minerality. Jean Foillard is a master in his prime.”   Will Meinberg

Trinquevedel RoseChateau de Trinquevedel rosé 2018, Tavel ($19.99)  The Tavel A.O.C. is the only appellation in France that restricts wine production to entirely rosé, and these storied wines have been sought after since Louis XIV’s reign.  The wines from this area have a distinctive character, showing more weight and concentration than a Provenςal rosé.  Grapes from the best parcels are used in Tavel wines, whereas in other AOCs, typically the rosé grapes are selected from lesser plots.   Chateau de Trinquevedel is our favorite pink from this area, with its structure, balance of berry fruit, herbal notes and great acidity to preserve freshness.   Excellent with barbequed poultry or meats.

Traffic alert:  Don’t be scared if the “street closed ahead” sign is posted on southbound Western Avenue at Virginia Street.  Western Avenue is open all the way to University Street with access to street parking and the Pike Place Market garage.  On Saturday, June 1, University Street is scheduled to reopen, allowing a traffic connection to Alaskan Way. There might even be more street parking than usual because other folks will detour.