The Old Main Assoc. Hosts Oloroso 3 This Sunday


I think this face means he's menu planning. - DAVID RANGEL
  • David Rangel
  • I think this face means he's menu planning.

For the third installation of Chef Josh Cross' Oloroso pop-up series at The Old Main Assoc. (2512 N. Main Ave. 210-562-3440), fans of the shuttered restaurant can expect flavors of Rioja on Sunday, April 3 at 6 p.m.

"Rioja is mainly planted with Tempranillo, which is the most widely recognized grape from Spain. And Rioja is the most recognized wine region of Spain. The first two dinners were a celebration of my old restaurant Oloroso. I wanted to keep the dinner series going, but taking a different journey with the series. I thought the best way to keep the dinners interesting and vibrant was to focus on vinicultural areas and their cuisines.

I picked Rioja to start because a) I love the regions food and culture and b) it's food would suit early doing in South Texas. The menu is a translation of classic dishes from Rioja using the best and freshest ingredients available here in SA," Cross says in the event page. 

All that to mean guests will enjoy four courses for $45 with optional wine pairings for an extra $25. The menu includes seared squid stuffed with piquillo peppers and piquillo peppers stuffed with squid with argumato lemon oil and parsley leaves; mesquite-charred white asparagus and spring onions with Spanish aceite verde served with romesco sauce; chorizo, Rioja and Oloroso-braised lamb shanks with herbed Israeli cous cous, pearl onions and roasted garlic; and chocolate genoise, chocolate mousse and salted Maracona almonds.

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