The following night, the chefs from Cilantro Mary, Todd Garston and Ian Rubinoff, created a special menu to compliment the local wines from Ciatano Winery. The meal started of with a grilled cheese sandwich. This was not you mother’s grilled cheese sandwich! Caramelized pineapple with Colorouge cheese (from Colorado Mou Co Farms) on a brioche bread garnished with microgreens. This was matched with Ciatano’s Viognier (an aromatic full-bodied white wine with warm aromas of tropical fruit and pineapple).
For the second course, “ proper wine protocol” was thrown to the wind, and a Pinot Noir (a smooth textured red wine with an earthy finish) was served with grilled Scottish salmon (Egad!) and a truffled mushroom ravioli with an apple fennel slaw. This was followed with a Cabernet Franc (a medium bodied wine, producing a soft smooth palette) paired with roasted leg of lamb, blackberries, mache, (a salad green in the valerian family) and a leek risotto.
The dessert course featured a mascarpone “soufflé” cheesecake, with a black pepper graham crust, bittersweet truffles, poached pear, and cherry jus. This delectable tidbit was served with a Syrah (a robust, full wine with peppery overtones). All in all, it was a fun and very tasty meal, and quite enlightening too.
The Andersons also announced that they are changing the name of the restaurant! That’s right, no more Cilantro Mary starting January 1, 2011. And, they are looking for the public’s input in selecting the new name. From now until the end of December, there will be a small wooden box just to the left of the door when you come in. The public is invited to place their name suggestions in the box, and a favorite will be chosen by the proprieters. At the Chamber Social, “Wayne’s World” and “Parsley Debbie” were suggested. The reason for the name change? The management, Wayne and Debbie, feel that Cilantro Mary evokes a Mexican mindset in most customers, and since the cuisine is no longer Mexican, it’s time for a name change.
It was also announced that an expanded tapas menu is now available, weekdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m., and weekends from 2 to 5 p.m. They are calling it “TNT” (top shelf and tapas) because all mixed drinks, including premium liquors will be half price. Items available on the tapas menu are: butternut squash bisque, tuna ceviche tacos, smoked chicken and cheese tostadas, guacamole/salsa &chips, crispy calamari, and the braised pork tacos. Also new at the restaurant, acoustic music on Sunday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Happy hour prices will apply during the music.