Special of the Day: Lunch on the Town: Dine at Wines by Wednesday

19 Feb Special of the Day: Lunch on the Town: Dine at Wines by Wednesday

this ain't your Mama's Grilled Cheese and Soup

this ain’t your Mama’s Grilled Cheese and Soup

A recent lunch date with my husband Mike enjoying fresh, fabulous food at The Bistro at Wines by Wednesday, located at 214 5th Street South, proved to be a delightful break in the day.

We went with owner Mark Tronson’s recommendations and ordered the “this ain’t your Mama’s Grilled Cheese and Soup” and the “Artichoke and Lemon Stuffed Ravs topped with fun stuff”. Tronson’s Secret Ingredient Tomato Soup was to-die-for, and as luck would have it, he shared the recipe. The grilled cheese is made with Swiss gruyere and Italian Fontina and served on artisan bread from Big Sky Bread and Pastry, so you could replicate that at home as well.

The artichoke and lemon stuffed ravioli (available for purchase at Wines by Wednesday)  were delicious, topped with Italian Pesto Olive Oil, balsamic salt, and 25 year balsamic vinegar (all also available at Wines by Wednesday), tomatoes and grated Parmesan, a pleasing combination of flavors to savor.

Mike joked to Mark, who was dutifully filling our water glasses, “I’ve had cuter waitresses than you before, but not many as attentive as you.”

Quiet, relaxing and fun, Wines by Wednesday is the perfect place to pop in for a mid-day meal in well under an hour, serving lunch from 11:00-2:00 Tuesday through Saturday. Tronson started serving lunch in October of 2013 and has had a steady stream of customers coming back again and again for consistently great food.

Their best-selling item is the Panini Chock Full of Italy followed by the Big Italian Sandwich, and this winter they have been selling a lot of the Artichoke and Lemon Raviolis. There is truly something for everyone on the menu, and customers can look forward to a prawn and avocado salad coming onto the menu this spring as well as a lighter soup offering.

While you’re there, take advantage of the impressive collection of wines Tronson has for sale as well as the wide array of gourmet food products including olive oils, salts, pastas, cheeses and meats.

Stop in for lunch at Wines by Wednesday or whip up their delicious Secret Ingredient Tomato Soup soup at home. With many thanks to Mark Tronson, I give you this week’s Special of the Day: Lunch on the Town: Dine at Wines by Wednesday. Enjoy!

Food photography by Sydne George.

Secret Ingredient Tomato Soup

Secret Ingredient Tomato Soup

Secret Ingredient Tomato Soup

Recipe by Mark Tronson

1 cup of Diced Tomatoes (if they are not really nice fresh we use canned ones – more flavor than some of the cardboard ones that are “fresh”)

1 6 oz. can of tomato paste

1/2 cup organic chicken broth

1/2 cup of caramelized onions (we use a jar of pre-done ones from the French Farm that we carry in the store since we are not allowed to saute)

3 tablespoons of Bacon Olive Oil (available at wbw)

2 tablespoons of Italian Pesto Olive Oil (available at wbw)

1 cup half & half

1 cup heavy cream

4 fresh basil leaves

2 pinches rosemary salt (available at wbw)

2 pinches pepper

Put all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth

Heat to order – garnish with a dollop of sour cream with a fresh rosemary sprig, a squirt of Rosemary Olive Oil (available at wbw) and sprinkled with Aged Balsamic Salt (available at wbw)

Sydne George is a food journalist specializing in recipe development, food writing and food photography. She can be reached at sydnegeorge@hotmail.com . Sydne’s recipes from “Special of the day” are archived at http://sydnegeorge.com/blog/.

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