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The Dish


Restaurateurs team up for gallery dinner

It’s been four years since Hartley’s closed and four years since Pamela Downs and Eric Spicer worked together in the kitchen.

But the two local restaurateurs are teaming up again for a special dinner at the Wunderkammer Co. art gallery, 3402 Fairfield Ave.

The South End Supper on Saturday, Downs says, will be a casual autumn meal with five courses. Diners can stroll through the gallery as they listen to music and sip seasonal wine pairings.

Downs hopes the menu will be a bit of an adventure for diners, keeping the specifics under wraps, but says that Spicer will be preparing his warm bacon vinaigrette and a fritter inspired by the Hartley’s menu from his food truck, Spicer’s Food Truck.

The meal is at 6:30 p.m. and costs $40. Reservations are required; call 415-4287 or go to the Facebook page for the event,

Pro Bowl menu upgrade

The menu at Pro Bowl West has gone from a lot of fried food to “kinda cool,” according to manager Ken Muzzillo.

The bowling alley at 1455 Goshen Road recently underwent six months of renovations – new floors, ball returns and décor, as well as a new, more upscale menu.

“It’s not your typical bowling alley food,” Muzzillo says of the half-pound angus burgers, wraps and beef sandwiches.

Diners can choose from four types of cheese for sandwiches – cheddar, pepper jack, Swiss and American – and four sides – homemade steak fries, baked beans, cole slaw or tossed salad. Their choices are served on real plates and with silverware, a big change for the bowling alley.

The popular tenderloin is still on the menu, but Muzzillo says he’s a fan of the Italian beef sandwich.

Honors for Two-EE’s

His Two-EE’s Winery in Huntington only opened to the public this summer, but Eric Harris’ star is already rising.

The winemaker and winery co-owner recently won international honors in this year’s International Wine Channel TV awards. Along with receiving two best of class honors and multiple medals for all wines submitted, Harris also received the “Rising Star Winemaker” award given to one international winemaker under 35 years old who shows exceptional talent and great promise for the future of wine.

More than 850 wines representing eight countries and 18 states were entered in the competition judged in Santa Rosa, Calif. Two-EE’s 2011 Norton was a recipient of one of the best of class awards along with a Double Gold medal. Likewise Two-EE’s 2011 Tannat won a best of class award along with a gold medal. Two-EE’s also received high honors for all other wines submitted including: 2011 Aglianico (silver), 2011 Teroldego (silver), 2011 Traminette (silver) and 2011 Vignoles Reserve (silver). As a result Harris received the highest collective scoring awarded by the judges.

Around town

•Red Rok BBQ & Bourbon Saloon, 123 W. Columbia St., has added Sunday brunch to its repertoire. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the buffet will offer smoked prime rib, ribs, smoked salmon and an omelet station, among other dishes. The cost is $16.

•Tasty Pizza, 4302 Fairfield Ave., has had its taste of bad luck – five robberies in 2008 and 2009 and, last week, it was damaged extensively by a fire. But the carry-out pizzeria plans to reopen, and that message is boldly spray painted on the plywood covering its windows.

•Area McDonald’s are getting in the game with the chain’s new Mighty Wings. Available from mid-September through mid-November, the bone-in, crispy wings are the fast food restaurant’s answer to tailgating fare. They are available in three, five and 10 pieces.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email or call 461-8462.