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Spanish Dinner Kicks Off Bull Run Weekend

  • July 15, 2015
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Julio Diaz�PNJ.com Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St., is set to unleash the bulls onto the streets of downtown Pensacola this weekend, but don�t worry, they won�t send you out to run for your life without fueling up with a great meal. After all, it could be your last. ... OK, it�s highly unlikely anyone�s going to lose life and limb during Saturday�s Running of the Bulls, considering the �bulls� are roller derby girls. Don�t get me wrong, I know a few who can hip-check you into next week, but since they�ll only be armed with whiffle ball bats and the like, I�m pretty sure you�re tough enough to take your licks. But that doesn�t mean you shouldn�t kick of �Fiesta de San Fermin en Pensacola� without a truly fine meal, and that�s exactly what Executive Chef Brandon Melton is cooking up for Thursday�s Spanish Wine Dinner. The five-course begins with a reception featuring herbed carpaccio and olive croustade, zesty garlic shrimp in crisp tortilla and sesame-fried sugar snaps with lemon aioli. The following courses include citrus marinated mahi-mahi over an heirloom tomato and avocado salad; mushroom and feta-stuffed phyllo, red pepper coulis and olive oil laced arugula; roast shallot and short rib in Creole tomato jus with crisp polenta; and hazelnut flan with cinnamon churro. Each course will be paired with a speciall selected Spanish wine. Seating starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Apple Annie�s at Seville Quarter. The cost is $55 plus tax and gratuity, and Spanish attire is encouraged. Reservations are required. To secure your space, or for more information, call 434-6211, or email [email protected] com. The weekend fun continues with a Chupinazo, or opening celebration, during Friday�s Gallery Night, including a procession honoring San Fermin, the patron saint of Pamplona, Spain, where they run with REAL bulls. Pensacola�s bull run wraps up the Fiesta on Saturday. For more information on the run, pick up Weekender in Friday�s paper.
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