Pinxto’s pronounced “Pinchos” are Basque style tapas from Spain. Small thoughtfully crafted bites with great attention to Umami – balance of savory, sweet, sour, and bitter flavors. These bites might be small but they pack powerful flavors in each bite. I would go on a limb and say they are accessible edible art.
I had the luxury of traveling through Spain including a road trip to San Sebastian and Bilbao (heart of Basque cuisine and greatest influence on contemporary western cuisine). I fell in love with the endless myriad of colors, flavor, and texture combinations, laid out on giant platters on every bar counter. So you can very imagine my delight when I heard Chef Salgado is bringing a slice of Basque cuisine to Orlando.
Husband and wife team, Chef Henry and Michele Salgado are opening their second restaurant Txokos Basque Kitchen at the coveted Eastend Market. Txokos is reminiscent of the underground gastronomic societies from the North of Spain. From traditional style to food meets art creativity, Pinxtos showcase the signature of a chef’s culinary journey. So I am very excited to see what Chef Henry has in store for us.
For a preview of Txokos, Chef Henry & the team hosted a Spanish Wine Experience including delicious Pintxos sampling, Jamon carving station and live entertainment by Brian Hayes, Classical Guitarist! Guests tasted over 50 wines from Spain’s most famous wine regions such as: Rioja Wine, Priorat, Txakoli, Rias Baixas, Rueda, Ribera del Duero, Toro & more!
Here is a recap of the vibrant evening where the crème de la crème of Orlando hobnobbed for an incredible night of fine wine and food.
Wines from all price points were available for sale through Wine on the Way. Including some of my personal favorites: 2004 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza, 2008 Sierra Cantabria “Unica” Reserva, Rioja, 1994 Lopez de Heredia Gran Reserva 94, 2006 Valensico Reserva, Tempranillo, 2006 Bodegas Roda II.
If you are pondering over immersing in Spanish Wines, check out my earlier article regarding Rioja Wines.