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Kerry Grombacher to highlight dinner at Bon Vinos

Performing songwriter Kerry Grombacher, from New Orleans, will appear in concert at Bon Vino's Bistro in Sunnyside this Friday, Sept. 7.

In the spirit of the troubadours of old, Grombacher tells fascinating stories and paints vivid pictures with original contemporary folk and western songs that explore the territory from the bayous of Louisiana to the Hi-Line of Montana, from the desert southwest to the northwestern forests.

Grombacher is a regular visitor to the area for the Tumbleweed Music Festival held in Richland every Labor Day weekend. He has performed on stages as varied as the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, the Cowboys Songs & Range Ballads in Wyoming, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans and the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Colorado.

A special five-course dinner will be served Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Each course will be paired with a different wine from Master Sommelier Angelo Tavernaro, who will also explain the different parings and answer questions. The cost of dinner and the concert is $80, or $22 for appetizers and the concert.

The dining experience will include lobster-stuffed mushroom drizzled with Hollandaise, paired with Olson Brothers Chardonnay 2006 for the appetizer. French onion soup topped with toast and mozzarella cheese, paired with Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2006 for the soup. Wild greens with smoked salmon and lemon caper dressing, paired with Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc 2006 for the salad.

The main course will feature Crab stuffed New York steak sprinkled with crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, ratatouille and duchesse potatoes, all paired with Sandhill Winery Merlot 2002. Cinnamon poached pears and toasted pistachios, paired with Kiona Late Harvest Riesling 2006, will be served for dessert.

Grombacher will perform two sets after dinner from 8 to 10 p.m. To make dinner reservations or to buy tickets call 837-3936.

On Saturday, Sept. 8, dinner will also be served at Bon Vinos from 5 to 9 p.m. with local live music from Lenny La Lumiere to follow.

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