Walnut Creek Italian Restaurant Prima Hosts Annual Chardonnay Dinner

Walnut Creek, California (EastBayDaily) — Walnut Creek’s premier Italian restaurant and catering service, Prima, is announcing its annual Chardonnay Dinner on June 21 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 1552 N. Main St. At $88 per guest, the dinner includes sparkling wine with an appetizer reception, a four-course dinner and seven wines.

“We look forward all year to our chardonnay event. It’s a great chance for my partner, Chef Peter Chastain, to flex his culinary muscle alongside a particularly interesting array of wines that, though technically the same, are all vastly different expressions of their respective terroirs. The winemakers love it, too. By the end of the evening they’re all together trading chardonnay war stories! It’s always a great party,” said John Rittmaster, wine director of Prima.

Summer is almost always synonymous with chardonnay, and with some of the season’s best ingredients hitting their peak it is the perfect time to showcase some of Prima’s favorite producers, alongside a perfectly paired summer menu. Guests will not only enjoy a lovely summer evening wining and dining but will also meet and mingle with the winemakers. The lineup of chardonnay this year includes Brewer Clifton, Cakebread Cellars, Dehlinger Vineyards, Diatom Wines, Flowers, Foxen and Hamilton Russell, as well as the respective winemakers. Dehlinger wines are highly allocated, and the winemakers don’t usually make event appearances, so Prima guests will be among the few who will be able to interact with the winemakers.

“It is a fantastic way for diners to meet and mingle with winemakers, taste hard to find or newly released wines, and just enjoy a relaxing evening out,” Jennifer O'Donnell of Prima said.

The available menu includes an antipasto of zucchini flan with parmigiano and spring lettuces sprinkled with lemon and mint; a traditional clam chowder with potatoes and bacon; a Sonoma duck leg braised with porcini mushrooms and served with basmati rice; and an almond cake with cherry compote.

For more information about the Chardonnay Dinner or any of Prima’s products or services, call 925-322-2761 or 925-935-7780, view the private dining restaurant on the Web at http://www.primawine.com or visit 1552 N. Main St. in Walnut Creek.

About Prima

Prima is an Italian restaurant coupled with a wine shop that offers private dining and catering services for guests. More than 34 years ago, Prima was at the forefront of the wine and food bar tradition that is so widespread today. Executive chef and owner Peter Chastain demonstrates a keen Italian sensibility at Prima and uses the highest quality local and sustainable ingredients the market has to offer each day. Chastain considers the essence of Prima’s cooking to be an act of stewardship in preserving Italian tastes and traditions while providing a good value to guests. Today, Prima is established as one of the food and wine destinations in Northern California that features one of the most extensive and distinguished wine collections in the world.


Jennifer O’Donnell