This year’s Lost Colony Vintner’s Dinner is set for Friday, Sept. 27, at 108 Budleigh, an intimate setting, just one block from the waterfront on Roanoke Island.
Tickets are $150 per person, and seating is limited to 84 guests who will be wined and dined by four local chefs and a sommelier from the Chateau St. Michelle winery in Washington state. Chef Sam McGann and chef de cuisine Dave McClary from The Blue Point in Duck, Johanna Lachine, chef and owner of Johanna’s Café Lachine in Wanchese, chef Matt Beck from Charlottesville, Virginia, and Brian Whitehurst and Mark Newsome, chefs and co-owners of Greentail’s Seafood Market and Kitchen in Nags Head will prepare a four-course meal, each dish carefully paired with Chateau St. Michelle wines. The winery’s sommelier will explain the characteristics and complexities of each wine and help guests understand just why they pair so well with the chef’s creations.
108 Budleigh is a lovely, Elizabethan-style venue full of antique touches, spacious ballrooms, and a brick fireplace. Guest can admire the gorgeous stain glass windows salvaged from a church in Virginia, and the grand staircase with wrought iron balcony railings, repurposed from a hotel fence in New York. It’s the perfect setting for the Vintner’s Dinner and live auction which benefits The Lost Colony production – an annual outdoor drama commemorating the history of the first English colonies in North America on Roanoke Island. The production illustrates the colonists’ arrival to the New World in 1587 and the mystery of their disappearance.
The Vintner’s Dinner begins with appetizers at 6 p.m., followed by two additional courses and dessert, all accompanied by wine pairings. The theme is North Carolina fare and will be focused around fresh catches, shrimp, crab, and oysters, as well as local and regional, farm-to-table produce. Johanna Lachine recalled last year’s event, noting that the collaboration between chefs using local ingredients was so enjoyable and she’s looking forward to representing her new location in Wanchese this year, highlighting all the wonderful fresh seafood.
Friday night’s Vintner’s Dinner is the preamble to Saturday’s Grand Tasting, which showcases our local Outer Banks breweries as well as a handful of regional breweries. There will be more than 120 wines poured, including those from Vineyards on the Scuppernong winery in Columbia. Local restaurants will be on site sharing food, and guests can refuel at a coffee station courtesy of Front Porch Cafe. Pigman’s BBQ and Weeping Radish Farm Brewery will be set up with snacks in the beer garden, which guests will pass through on their way to sample bites from Argyles Restaurant, Bluewater Grill and Raw Bar, Basnight’s Lone Cedar, Coastal Provisions, Dawn’s Kitchen, Johanna’s Café Lachine, Ortega’s, and Ten O Six. Trio and sommelier Simon Kaufman from The Blue Point will present wines for tasting in the sponsor lounge. The event takes place at the SoundStage Theatre right on the Roanoke Island sound with plenty of views to soak up as well. Dawn Holcomb gave me a sneak peak of her tasty contribution to the event: a crab cake on corn and black bean salsa with a chili lime cream – something I’d be sure to seek out among the crowd. Luckily, the food, wine, and beer are unlimited with the purchase of your ticket.