A Taste of Northern Italy Comes to Tilghman Island

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Tilghman Island’s Two if by Sea Restaurant hosted what was the first in a series of wine dinners they will be offering throughout the year, beginning with a focus on Northern Italy this past February. Prepared by restaurant owner and Executive Chef Henry Miller, the dinner featured a five-course meal paired with select wines from the region.

Grilled Polenta with seared crimini mushrooms, smoked gouda and parmesan crispPartnering with the Tilghman Island Country Store and wine distributor Monsieur Touton Selections, Chef Henry and his team designed an elegant menu that would please many palates. Beginning with a Frico Caldo, (Italian potato pancake with prosciutto) accompanied by a sparkling Pinot Rose, the meal progressed beautifully with a second course of homemade pumpkin ricotta gnocchi paired with the perfect white wine, Terre del Barolo Roero Arneis. The reds were introduced in the third and fourth course. Grilled polenta with seared crimini mushrooms and smoked Gouda were enjoyed with a Sandrone Dolcetto d’Alba, and to stand up to the hearty Chianti Braised Osso Bucco, guests sipped on a Chianti Classico Reserva 2009. Last but not least, a Torta Meringata (orange sponge cake with orange curd and meringue) and a glass of Cantina Gabriele – Dolcemente Bianco provided the perfect finishing touch.

Known as the “go-to” spot on the Island to enjoy an award-winning breakfast, this neighborhood café has been offering its guests home-cooked meals since Miller established it in 2008. After many years in the catering business, and working in other well known establishments, it was time to make dreams come true. And Tilghman Island was the dream. “As the business has grown so did our clientele,” says Chef Henry. “The timing was right to think about expanding our horizons and offer something new while maintaining the comfortable feeling our diners have come to expect. A wine dinner series seemed like the perfect solution.”

“Henry and his staff outdid themselves tonight,” say frequent customers and Tilghman residents Amy and Walt Teesdale “The food was outstanding and the wines perfectly matched. We can’t wait for the next one!”

The sold out event attracted a number of out of town guests as well as local residents. “One couple from Montgomery County made the very first reservation after having breakfast with us while visiting the Island over the summer,” says partner Scott Spittler. “When they read about the wine dinner online, they signed up right away.”

Two if by Sea Logo ColorTwo if by Sea featured French cuisine and wines at a sold-out dinner in March, and will be highlighting the food and wines of Chile on April 25th, followed by the Pacific Northwest on May 23rd. “We could not be more pleased with the success of these first few wine dinners,” Miller says. “We will continue to provide our customers with award-winning meals and excellent service every day of the week, and every so often add a new twist”.

Two if by Sea Restaurant is located at 5776 Tilghman Island Road on Tilghman Island. Hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8am to 11am; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 8am to 2pm for breakfast and lunch; Bistro Dinner Thursday and Sunday, 6pm to 9pm; Dinner Friday and Saturday, 6pm to 9pm. Catering, bakery and monthly cooking classes are also available.

To learn more about Two if by Sea or to make reservations for upcoming wine dinners, call 410-886-2447, or visit twoifbysearestaurant.com.

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