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Head to Turkey for Dinner by Way of Sandy Oaks

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turkey sandy oaksELMENDORF — Turkey once ruled a large part of the world as the Ottoman Empire encompassed many of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The country’s flavorful cuisine influenced much of the conquered world and so what was once unique to Turkey has become the cuisine we now associate with the countries Turkey once occupied.

You can sample the exciting dishes of this Middle Eastern country on Friday, Aug. 8, as Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, 25195 Mathis Road, Elmendorf, continues its Passport dinner series with a culinary trip to Turkey.

Turkish olive oil is celebrated for its wonderful flavor. Historically, Turkey produced delicious wines, but in recent times, winemaking has been limited to only a small region of the country. Though small in production, Turkish wines are as flavorful as the food.

Chef Chris Cook has prepared a menu that combines the ingredients typical of Turkey with his own creative take on the food of the region. He has paired several Turkish wines with the fare.

The evening begins at 7 p.m. with traditional cheeses, olives, olive oil and accompaniments, followed by Grilled Swordfish with Lemon Olive Hummus and Texas Peaches paired with Likya Chardonnay 2012. The Tempura Zucchini Blossom with Spiced Shrimp will be paired with Cacik Likya Sauvignon Blanc 2012 while Lahmacun “Pizza” with Veal, Caramelized Onion, Garden Tomato, Quail Egg is served with Likya Malbec 2011. Manti with Lamb, Olive, Parsley, Truffle “Ravioli” and Almond Broth will be served alongside Likya Malbec 2011. The meal closes with Sutlac, Rice Pudding with Allspice and Preserved Lemon and the Likya Rose 2012.

The price for the meal is $65 a person, tax and tip not included. To make reservations, call (210) 621-0044.

Also new to Sandy Oaks is Sunday brunch complete with live jazz music and an all-you-can-eat buffet and complimentary mimosas. It is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The price is $25 for adults and $10 for children under 12.

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