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Feast on the Garlic Delight at the Ritz Tomorrow Night

Did you know that at ancient Greek and Roman marriages the brides carried bouquets of garlic instead of flowers? Did you know that April 19 is National Garlic Day? How about that it was once used to treat acne, warts, and toothaches?

Chances are, you didn't know any of those things. You should free up your calendar, grab some stainless steel object (that's the only material that takes the smell of garlic off the hands), and plan to have THE ULTIMATE GARLIC EXPERIENCE at the Ritz tomorrow night.

You probably won't learn any other fun facts about garlic, but you won't care. Why would you? You'll be watching two of the most seasoned docs in cinematic herb history: Les Blank's GARLIC IS A GOOD AS TEN MOTHERS, the poetic picture of the history, consumption, cultivation and culinary/curative powers of the "Stinking Rose," and WERNER HERZOG EATS HIS SHOE, a film by Blank of famed German director Werner Herzog eating his shoe (after boiling it in garlic first, of course).

The best part, though, is the garlic feast. Check out this menu!:

I - Watermelon Insalata Caprese with heirloom and roma tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, whole roasted garlic and garlic infused balsamic vinaigrette

II - Lobster Fritters with red pepper garlic aioli and pickled garlic

III - Braised Pork Roll stuffed with garlic, prosciutto and parmesan with penne pasta and garlic meat sauce

IV - Chocolate Tartlet with roasted banana and garlic-orange caramel and candied truffled whole garlic

Drink pairings are as follows...

First Course: Bacardi Rum, Maine Root Lemon-Lime soda, sour mix with cucumber garnish

Second Course: 2008 Selbach Riesling

Third Course: 2008 Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir

Fourth Course: Croft Tawny Port (dessert wine)

You know you love garlic. It can spice up even the most bland of dishes. For instance: Do you want to eat bread? No, of course you don't want to eat bread. How about garlic bread? Exactly.

So put your money where you mouth is and come out to THE ULTIMATE GARLIC EXPERIENCE, Wednesday at 7pm at the Ritz. What else are you going to do, eat an onion?


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