Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Give Green A Chance

That's me using our new green takeout containers

With all the chatter this week about the green of St. Patricks Day, we thought we'd add on a different kind of green event next week at The Tortilla Press & Tortilla Press Cantina. From Monday March 22 thru Saturday March 27 (Tues 3/23 in Pennsauken since we are closed on Mondays) we will be offering a meatless menu to give our earth a break from our usual eating habits. It is a really special menu that features some nice alternative proteins including tempeh & quinoa along with lots of fresh vegetables, dried chiles & delicious sauces ... & no meat or seafood. As a chef, I feel responsible to educate our guests. It seems to me that too many of us have grown up feeling deprived if we don't have our "meat & potatoes." So I created a menu that I am confident will leave you satisfied & impressed with no meat or seafood. I have 9 special dishes & you may choose any 3 of your liking for just $25/ person. If you're still hungry, our dessert menu will be presented so you can top off your dinner with one of our delicious desserts & a cup of organic, fair trade dark roasted Mexican coffee. Working with the environment does not have to be painful or a sacrifice, but can be an enjoyable evening without stressing our resources.

A couple of suggestions to make the evening a bit more environmentally friendly; in Collingswood, come in on Patco & walk to the restaurant. The trains are running anyway, so why not support them & save some gas. In Pennsauken, try one of our sustainably farmed or bio-dynamic wines with your dinner. Then, if you can't finish your dinner & want it packed up, make sure to take note of our green packaging. If we all do the little things, we can make a big difference for our environment

Please call 856-869-3345 to reserve your table in Collingswood (We are taking all size reservations for this event) Or 856-356-2050 for Pennsauken (We always take all size reservations at The Cantina!)

Choose any 3 plates $25/ person

Pineapple Guacamole Salad
Golden pineapple diced with avocado, lime, salt, fresh, chiles & cilantro served over spring mix with an mandarin orange vinaigrette

Vegetable Tortilla Flatbread
Crispy double stacked flour tortilla with chihuahua cheese sauce, mushrooms, spinach, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers & olives served with pico, crème & guacamole

Vegetarian Pozole
A rich tomato, vegetable & chile broth with hominy served with tostada, onions, cilantro, sliced radishes & lime wedges

Pumpkin, Black Bean & Goat Cheese Quesadilla
Served with ancho chile crème

Vegetarian Chile
Black beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, red & green peppers, eggplant & dried chiles. Topped with grated cheddar jack cheese & fresh chopped onions

Quinoa & Chick Pea Salad with Lemon Sesame Dressing
Red onion, cilantro & toasted sesame seeds

Tempeh, Cheese & Onion Enchiladas
With guajillo chile sauce served with cilantro rice

Chipotle Mushroom & Vegetable Taco Plate
Mixed mushrooms & zucchini braised with tomato & chipotle chiles served with warm corn tortillas, lettuce, cheese, pico de gallo & black beans

Chile Rellenos
Roasted poblano peppers stuffed with chihuahua cheese & queso fresco, battered & lightly fried served with tomato, jalapeno & cilantro broth.

Does not include, beverages, dessert, tax or gratuity

Monday, March 1, 2010

Meet our new eco-friendly wine list

We are introducing some new wines at Tortilla Press Cantina this month & wanted to kick it off with a tasting. We chose our wines for a couple of factors. We looked at the dishes that we can pair each wine with, the ability to sell it to our guest at a reasonable price & then at a the growing & producing practices of the wineries. I'm proud to say that the wines that we have added to our list are all created using sustainable farming practices, are bio dynamic or our from a local winery. We also added a local beer to our draft beer selection this month....Flying Fish's Hopfish India Pale Ale. I love a hoppy beer & it pairs nicely with our award winning chipotle peanut bbq pork. We are also featuring a jersey cranberry sangria with cranberry wine from Bellview winery. It's still a bit chilly outside for sangria, but I see this refreshing a lot of palettes as the weather warms up. Anyway, here is a copy of the wine tasting menu, we are taking all reservations for the evening with the festivities starting at 6:45 & the formal tasting starting at 7. Hope to see you all there.

Wine Tastings and Tapas…

perfect together!

Our select accompaniments blend the perfect wines with perfect flavor combinations

…in ways that say, “Green, sustainable and environmentally friendly!”

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Our Special Wine & Tapas begins at 6:30pm

Small Plate 1

Mimosa fire grilled shrimp over fried masa plank with mandarin orange vinaigrette

With Col Vetoraz Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut NV (sustainable practice)

Small Plate 2

Sauteed mushroom queso dip with blue & orange corn chips

With Ukiah Cellars Chardonnay 2008 ( "sustainably farmed")

Small Plate 3

Pan seared sea scallop with avocado cream sauce & toasted pine nuts with cilantro rice

With Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Sec Cuvee Silex 2007 (biodynamic)

Small Plate 4

Open faced strip steak torta with queso fresco & rajas poblano
With Ukiah Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 ("sustainably farmed")

Small Plate 5

Twin coffee braised baby back rib with bacon wrapped redskin potato
With Chono Syrah 2007 (sustainable practice)


(excludes tax & gratuity)