The ages-old belief that oysters and champagne conjure up feelings of love will be put to the test during Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant ‘ annual February tasting. And for the first time ever, die-hard romantics can add caviar to the mix.
“Foods of Love: Oysters and Champagne” gives Bluewater Grill customers in Newport Beach and Tustin the chance to combine the reputed aphrodisiacal qualities of raw oysters with a number of sparkling wine varietals poured in honor of Valentine ‘ Day.
The oyster and champagne tasting event will be held Feb. 7, and will feature parings of raw oysters on the half shell from British Columbia and Washington State with a choice of Domain Ste. Michelle Brut or Mionetto Prosecco Italian sparkling wine. Special draft beers are also available as an option. The cost of each pairing event is $29.95 per person, and advance reservations are required for sittings at each restaurant starting at 6:30 p.m.
This year, participants can add 30 grams of Alverta White Sturgeon Caviar and a 750ml bottle of acclaimed Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne for an additional $200. Sustainably harvested from mature American white sturgeon off Northern California and served with bilinis and crème fraiche, the caviar has a nutty, buttery flavor with a touch of sweetness.
Reservations for the Feb. 7 tasting are encouraged, and at least 48-hour advance reservations are required for the caviar add-on.
Seafood fans unable to attend the special Feb. 7 celebration can order the oysters off the menu throughout February, and pair them with wines on the bar menu. (The caviar is available throughout February with 48 hours advance notice.)
The Bluewater Grill monthly tasting events, typically hosted every second Tuesday, feature seasonal seafood specialty items paired with hand-selected wines or specialty draught beers. The events have become a popular monthly diversion for local seafood aficionados and Bluewater Grill ‘ large fan base. Due to Valentine ‘ Day following on the second Tuesday this year, the tasting events have been moved to the first Tuesday this month only.
Bluewater Grill locations in Orange County include 630 Lido Park Drive in Newport Beach, in Cannery Village, and 2409 Park Avenue in Tustin, at the District at Tustin Legacy retail and entertainment center. The phone numbers are (949) 675-FISH (3474) and (714) 258-FISH (3474), respectively.