I already went to my first Christmas party and it was at a restaurant that I have written about before called Baldo’s. There was about twenty people invited to the dinner, though a few more were invited that could not attend. Baldo’s is located in the downriver community of Brownstown, a suburb of Detroit. This was during the Thanksgiving weekend, and the restaurant was packed, and showing no signs of slowing down, the entire time we were there. A white tablecloth place that offers a bang for the buck, more of big bowl pasta place, then Nouveau Cuisine and from the attitude of the regulars, this is what they are looking for. There were not any pretensions or fancy presentations, but good solid value.
Our host that evening took the liberty of ordering several different appetizer plates in multiples to get the festivities going. There were mussels in a Palomino Sauce, Antipasto trays of Charcuterie and cheeses, and vegetable plates. We were then instructed by our host to just order off of the menu, anything that appealed to us. There were rib eye steaks, salmon and assorted pasta dishes that were ordered by the guests. I opted for Shrimp Diavolo, a spicy Creole inspired pasta dish with added scallions. All the dishes came with either a choice of salads and or soups, or some house made bread fresh from the oven. I could not finish my dish, after all of the appetizers, and I only had a taste of a Tiramisu for dessert.
The wine that evening was from a company called The Other Guys, which it turned out was Mia and August Sebastiani and this was a part of the much larger Don Sebastiani Family of Companies. We were enjoying bottles of Leese-Fitch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, which was celebrating the restoration of the Leese-Fitch building in the Sonoma Square. Messer Leese and Fitch were the Brother-in-Laws of Mariano Vallejo, the founder of the town of Sonoma. The wine itself said Cabernet Sauvignon, but it was also blended with Petit Verdot, Alicante Bouschet, Tannat, Merlot and Barbera. The wine was listed as a California wine, because the fruit was harvested from the following appellations: Lodi, Clarksburg, Paso Robles, Northern Interior Valley and Sonoma County. For a popular price wine it did offer some taste and like the restaurant was value for the money.