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Catching up with the "Kitchens" of St. James

Diners at Kitchen A Bistro in St. James.

Diners at Kitchen A Bistro in St. James. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Lots of goings on at Eric Lomando’s St. James restaurants Kitchen A Bistro and Kitchen A Trattoria.

On Sunday Oct. 24, the Bistro will be hosting a beer dinner with Union Beer Distributors. The brews poured will include Saison Dupont, Old Rasputin and Smuttynose Pumpkin. The five-course menu is still a work in progress but Lomando promises ribollita (“reboiled” Tuscan vegetable soup), duck breast with pickled turnips and chestnut spaetzle and cocoa-rubbed venison. Dinner starts at 2:30. The price is $68 plus tip and tax.

On Wednesday Nov. 10, the Bistro will host a wine dinner with St. Innocent Winery in Salem, Oregon, and Lomando plans to highlight some of the Pacific Northwest’s signal ingredients to go with the wine. The price is $70 plus tip and tax. The menu:

Crispy poached egg with curried vegetables
* 2009 Pinot Gris, Vitae Springs Vineyard

Hand-made cavatelli with Alaskan spot prawns and saffron
* 2008 Pinot Blanc, Freedom Hill Vineyard

Wild salmon with sunchoke puree and Oregon truffle broth
* 2007 Pinot Noir, Temperance Hill Vineyard

Braised veal wrapped in Prosciutto with farro verde
* 2008 Pinot Noir, Momtazi Vineyard

Apple and Meyer Lemon dessert
* Coffee or tea

Kitchen A Bistro is at 404 North Country Rd., St. James, 631-862-0151

Meanwhile, the Trattoria has started doing four-course Sunday dinners for $35. This Sunday’s menu:

Steamed baby clams with grilled scallions and toasted bread crumbs
Marinated baby artichokes with arugula

Spinach-and-ricotta gnocchi with sweet potatoes, mushrooms and Parmesan-sage broth

Traditional Sunday braise Of braciola, meatball and fennel sausage on creamy Anson Mills polenta

Selection Of Desserts

Kitchen A Trattoria is at 532 North Country Rd., St. James, 631-862-0151.

Eating and drinking at Kitchen A Bistro

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