Turback's Night: Dinner and Wine Tasting
Join The Cornell Club for an unforgettable dinner hosted by Michael Turback: author, restaurateur, and hospitality consultant. The dinner will feature four courses reflecting specialties of Turback's of Ithaca over its 30-year history.
Reception Hors D'Oeuvres
Paired with Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli
"Bubbles & Beef"
Paired with Chateau Frank Célèbre
Cornell Orchard Apple and Goat Cheese Salad
Paired with Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Rosé of Blaufränkisch
"Garlic Festival" Mashed Potatoes and Buttered Peas
Paired with Dr. Konstantin Frank Riesling, Semi-Dry
Paired with Irish Coffee
A graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Michael opened his first restaurant, Turback's of Ithaca, at the tender age of 22. The restaurant's mission combined inventiveness, passionate cooking with local ingredients, and the novel concept of a wine list with exclusively New York regional wines, an achievement recognized nationally. Michael was a locavore before the term existed; his loyalty to small local farmers and use of seasonal local produce helped to spark the local food movement. Wine tasting events and wine dinners inspired interest in a new generation of local wines. Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Turback's "one of the wine-friendliest restaurants in America" and the restaurant was awarded "Best American Wine List" by Restaurant Business Magazine.
Cocktail programs developed in his establishments have influenced the beverage business for over three decades. Michael was among the first to revive and re-imagine vintage formulas, influencing a generation of "craft bartenders," and elevating mixology to a culinary art. Known for his versatility as a writer, Michael has published over 20 books, on such topics as the ice cream sundae, the banana split, hot chocolate, the partnership of chocolate and coffee, creative barista drinks, Champagne cocktails, food-and-cocktail pairing, nightclubs of the 1940s, and Finger Lakes Wine Country. He has developed and produced cookbooks for Cincinnati, Ohio's Findlay Market, Columbus, Ohio's North Market, the Ithaca Farmers Market, as well independent restaurants and wineries.
6:00pm hors d'oeuvres reception, 6:30pm tasting dinner. $75 per person, including tax and service charge. Advance reservations required by Thursday, June 20th, at which point are considered final sale. To accommodate any dietary restrictions, please contact the program department no later than Thursday, June 20th.