Events

Aug
3
6:30 pm18:30

Tapas Night: Thailand

Thursday, August 3, 2017. Donderos’ Kitchen, 590 No. Milledge Avenue. First course served at 6:30 PM.

August's tapas will be based on seafood – even the seasoning salt comes in the form of fish sauce – Thai cuisine has its roots in Indian, Chinese, Malay, as well as indigenous Thai and Lao cooking. Rice and rice noodles are the staples. Seafood, meat and vegetables in remarkable combinations accompany the rice. And regardless of the particular dish’s origins, there is an overriding “Thai” quality to it.

Our fixed-menu, fixed-price “tapas” evening will feature six Thai “small dishes” from various regions of the country and with differing international and local origins. Tim, our chef for the evening, lived for over seven years in Southeast Asia, and visited and worked in Thailand often. His wife Christina grew up in that country, and still has family there. Tim and Christina were married in Bangkok.

Menu: Crispy chicken wontons with sweet-sour chili sauce (Bangkok, Chinese origins); Larb Moo (chopped pork with herbs, shallots, lime juice and toasted rice; Northeast Thailand, with Lao origins); Chicken satay (kebabs) with peanut dipping sauce (Southern Thai, with Malay/Indonesian origins); Ajaad (cucumber and shallot condiment, Southern Thai, with Indian and Malay origins); Triple fish Nam Ya Kanom Jeen (spicy fish curry with rice noodle nests, Central Thai, with Indian and Chinese origins); Yam Nua (spicy fried beef salad, Central Thai, local and Chinese origins).

Tim will discuss the dishes and their backgrounds as they are served. You bring your wine– or beer- of choice. Tim’s recommended wines for this selection of dishes are all chilled whites: Albariño, Chenin Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc. Alternatively in the Thai manner, lager-type beer would be the choice: Singha, Tsingtao, or Heineken. If you require red, a Pinot Noir, and cool it a little.

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave and Anne Wells at the Uncommon Gourmet (previously, “Healthy Gourmet”), 1087 Baxter St., telephone 706 353-3107. Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Uncommon Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

Price: $50 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple. Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register in advance.  


Jun
1
6:30 pm18:30

Tapas with Tim - International Vegetarian Gourmet

Having followed many ethnic, regional -- and even political -- themes in our tapas menus over the past few years, we are proposing one of the few things we have never tried as an entire Tapas with Tim theme. Join us for an entirely vegetarian night. But trust that even ardent carnivores will find it robust and satisfying.

Our fixed-menu, fixed-price “tapas” evening will feature six international small dishes, either from the Mediterranean or inspired by cooking from there. These will be prepared for you by Chef Tim Dondero and colleagues, and Tim will discuss the dishes and their backgrounds as they are served. You bring your wine of choice.

Menu: Salade Forestière (French composed salad with marinated mushrooms and toasted walnuts); Patatas Bravas con Salsa Romesco (Spanish Catalan roasted almond and pepper sauce over spice-roasted potatoes); “Wild Mushrooms” (shiitake, oyster and cremini) sautéed with brandy and goat cheese served on butter-fried Planche (French); Lima Beans braised with olive oil and dill (in the style of Greek Fava Beans); Vegetarian Eggplant Moussaka with spiced tomato sauce (Greek-Turkish); Cheeses with fruit (Spanish/Italian/Greek).

Tim’s preferred wine for this selection of dishes would be an acidic, low-tannin red, like a Pinot Noir, Nero d’Avola, Tempranillo or Sangiovese. Or for a non-red, a chilled Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño or a dry Rosé.

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave and Anne Wells at the Uncommon Gourmet (previously, “Healthy Gourmet”), 1087 Baxter St., telephone 706 353-3107. Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Uncommon Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017. Donderos’ Kitchen, 590 No. Milledge Avenue. First course served at 6:30 PM.

 

Price: $50 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

 

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register in advance.  

May
14
9:00 am09:00

Mother's Day at Donderos'

Join us for a very special Mother's Day Brunch, Sunday, May 14th from 9 AM to 2 PM. We'll be serving up some delicious specials so come out and celebrate that special lady in your life with a delicious brunch at Donderos'.

No reservations necessary. 

Apr
7
3:30 pm15:30

Emma Shore - Artist Reception

Local artist Emma Shore will be showing her paintings at Donderos' Kitchen for the month of April. An opening reception will be held on Friday the 7th at 3:30pm. Come out and enjoy the beautiful art work along with complementary refreshments. Below, a brief Bio from the artist:

. I am 28 years old and have only lived in Athens for about a year. I came here for many reasons. When I was nineteen I suffered a major spinal injury and herniated two discs in my lower back. It was the result of a condition called degenerative disc disease. I have suffered from severe chronic pain ever since that day. I had major back surgery when I was 21 and it took about a year to relearn to walk. It stabilized me but i still suffer from chronic pain. I moved to Athens to avoid the painful winters of the north, and enjoy the culture . I had no future in Connecticut. The cold weather crippled me. I spent a lot of time (about seven years) isolated in bed trying to just fight the constant pain. During this time I became immersed in film and graphic novels. I am inspired by so many illustrators and filmmakers. Making art has been my therapy. I have an unusual melancholy narrative.   A lot of my work is about contemplation.  I also love to illustrate and create characters. I try to stay positive and use my art as a way to channel feelings. 

 

Apr
6
6:30 pm18:30

Tapas with Tim - 7 Banned Countries

Tasty Dishes from the Seven Banned Countries

Because of recent changes in US immigration and travel policies, seven countries have been in the news: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The cuisines of these countries are unfamiliar to many Americans. Join Donderos’ Kitchen in exploring some of the surprisingly delicious dishes from these countries whose citizens may be banned from our country.

Our fixed-menu, fixed-price “tapas” evening will feature seven separate small dishes, served in six courses, prepared for you by Chef Tim Dondero and colleagues. Tim will discuss the dishes as they are served. You bring your wine of choice.

Menu: Syria -- Hummus bi tahini with pickled radishes and olives; Libya --  Fresh-herb marinated steamed carrots; Iraq – Lamb-and-rice stuffed baby eggplants; Iran – Mast-o-khiar (cucumber and yogurt salad with mint; Somalia – Chicken Surbiyaan (chicken and spiced rice with crisp onions); Sweets -- Almond-stuffed dates with orange blossom water (Yemen) and Basbousa (Sudanese semolina cakes in syrup). 

Tim’s preferred wine for this selection of dishes would be a chilled white like a Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño  or a dry Rosé; or an acidic, low-tannin red, like a Pinot Noir, Sangiovese or Tempranillo. Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave and Anne Wells at the Uncommon Gourmet (previously, “Healthy Gourmet”), 1087 Baxter St., telephone 706 353-3107. Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Uncommon Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

Thursday, April 6th, 2017. Donderos’ Kitchen, 590 No. Milledge Avenue. First course served at 6:30 PM. Price: $50 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register in advance.  

Feb
2
6:00 pm18:00

Tapas with Tim

Favorites from six North American cities (and no Groundhog on his Day)

 

There is no specific ethnic or national theme for February’s tapas, other than that our Chef encountered these dishes in various North American cities or from acquaintances who came from those cities. Join us for a meal of specialties from Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.

 

Our fixed-menu, fixed-price “tapas” evening will feature six small dishes prepared for you by Chef Tim Dondero and colleagues. Tim will discuss the dishes as they are served. You bring your wine of choice.

 

Menu: Santa Monica (Marmalade Café) – Roasted butternut “salad” with olives, caper berries, pecans andcranberries; New Haven (Yale Faculty Club) – Cod Fish Cakes; Vera Cruz (Nina, long-time cook for the Dávalos family of San Luis Pótosi) – Black beans braised with Sofrito, served with green salsa and tortillas; Montréal (Aux Trois Brasseurs, Rue St-Denis) – Poutine with pulled pork, deep-fried potatoes, cheese curds and gravy; New Orleans (various restaurants and friends) – Jambalaya with Andouille sausage, shrimp and rice; Madison (Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board) – Selection of Wisconsin cheeses.

 

Tim’s preferred wine for this selection of dishes would be a low-tannin red, like a Pinot Noir or a go-to white, chilled, like Sauvignon Blanc or Albariño.

 

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave and Anne Wells at the Uncommon Gourmet (aka, “Healthy Gourmet”), 1087 Baxter St, telephone 706 353-3107. Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Uncommon Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

 

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017. Donderos’ Kitchen, 590 No. Milledge Avenue. First course served at 6:30 PM.

 

Price: $50 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

 

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register in advance.

Dec
8
6:30 pm18:30

Tapas with Tim: Thailand

Thailand

Because the first Thursday of December usually features the holiday parade in Athens, our monthly tapas dinner will be on the second Thursday this month, December 8th. Join us for a meal of traditional dishes from several regions of Thailand.

Our fixed menu, fixed price “tapas” evening will feature six specialties prepared for you by Chef Tim Dondero and colleagues. Tim will discuss the dishes as they are served. You bring your wine, or beer, of choice.

Please note that Thai cuisine is based on fish and to a lesser extent meat; it would be difficult for us to offer good vegetarian options this month.

Menu: Crispy fried pork wontons with sweet and sour chili sauce; Nam Prik Ong (Northern Thai minced pork appetizer) with vegetables and crispy pork rind; Gai Yang (Northeastern Thai BBQ chicken) with savory cucumber sauce; Som Tam (spicy Northeastern Thai green papaya salad); Gaeng Garee Pla (Southern Thai yellow curry of fish and bamboo shoot); Khao Pad (Central Thai fried rice with egg and chicken).

Tim’s preferred wine for this selection of dishes would be a chilled Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño or dry rosé. For a red, he wouldn’t have one, but would choose beer instead.

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave and Anne Wells at the Healthy Gourmet (1087 Baxter St, telephone 706 353-3107). Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Healthy Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

Thursday, December 8th. Donderos’ Kitchen, 590 No. Milledge Avenue. First course served at 6:30 PM.

Price $50 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register in advance. 

Nov
3
6:00 pm18:00

Tapas with Tim: Meze Dishes from the Middle East

Join us Thursday, November 3rd for a meal of traditional meze, or mezza, the small dishes of the Eastern Mediterranean. Our menu will feature six dishes prepared for you by Chef Tim Dondero and colleagues. Tim will discuss the dishes as they are served. You bring your wine of choice.

Menu: Hummus bi tahini with spiced meat and pomegranate seeds; roasted stuffed peppers (biber dolma), with yogurt sauce; baba ghanoush (roasted eggplant spread); grilled cauliflower with tahini-lemon sauce; baked kibbeh (stuffed meat and bulgur wheat casserole); regional cheeses, pickles and fig preserve.

Tim’s preferred wine for this selection of dishes would be a chilled Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño or dry rosé; or for a red, a Pinot Noir or Nero d’Avola.

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave and Anne Wells at the Healthy Gourmet (1087 Baxter St, telephone 706 353-3107). Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Healthy Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

Thursday, November 3rd. Donderos’ Kitchen, 590 No. Milledge Avenue. First course served at 6:30 PM.

Price $50 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register in advance. 

Oct
6
6:30 pm18:30

Tapas with Tim- Central Europe

Join us Thursday, October 6th for a treat, specialties from Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.

Our fixed menu, fixed price “tapas” evening will feature six dishes prepared for you by Chef Tim Dondero and colleagues. Tim will discuss the dishes as they are served. You bring your wine of choice.

Menu: Spiced pot cheese appetizer, radish salad with cream; Potato cakes with Ajvar (roasted red pepper and eggplant spread); Mamaliga (polenta) with grilled sausage; Egg noodles with caramelized cabbage; Szekely Gulyas (Transylvanian pork goulash); regional cheeses and pickles.

Tim’s preferred wine for this selection of dishes would be a full-bodied red without oak, such as a Spanish or Italian wine or Hungarian Egri Bikaver. A well-chilled rosé would also work.

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave and Anne Wells at the Healthy Gourmet (1087 Baxter St, telephone 706 353-3107). Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Healthy Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

Thursday, October 6th. Donderos’ Kitchen, 590 No. Milledge Avenue. First course served at 6:30 PM.

Price $45 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register in advance. 

Aug
4
6:30 pm18:30

Tapas with Tim

Small Dishes from along the ancient Silk Road

Join us Thursday, August 4th for a treat, six specialties from along the ancient Silk Road, the great transcontinental trade route that wound from China across Central Asia, Arabia and Turkey to the Mediterranean. Our dishes will feature cooking from Xinjian in Western China, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Persia, and Turkey.

Our fixed menu, fixed price “tapas” evening will feature six items prepared for you by Chef Tim Dondero and colleagues. Tim will discuss the dishes as they are served. You bring your wine of choice.

Menu: Turkish-Caucasian spread for flatbread containing toasted walnuts and sweet peppers, dried tomatoes, garlic, lemon and pomegranate molasses; Afghan “Borani Kadu” (braised pumpkin) with naan bread; Persian “Mast o’Khiar” (thick yogurt with cucumber and dry mint); Xinjian spicy chicken shish kebabs; Uzbek “Plov” (rice pilaf with lamb, carrot, roasted garlic and saffron); Turkish-Arab dates stuffed with toasted almonds and dusted with sumac, plus dried apricots and pistachios.

Tim’s preferred wine for this selection of dishes would be a chilled white, such as an Albariño or Sauvignon Blanc or a dry Rosé, or for a red, a Pinot Noir or Chianti.

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave and Anne Wells at the Healthy Gourmet (1087 Baxter St, telephone 706 353-3107). Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Healthy Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

Thursday, August 4th. Donderos’ Kitchen, 590 No. Milledge Avenue. First course served at 6:30 PM.

Price $45 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register in advance. 

Tapas with Tim - Spain
Jul
7
6:30 pm18:30

Tapas with Tim - Spain

Tapas with Tim -- Thursday July 7th

Small Dishes from Spain, home of the original “Tapas”

Tapas, meaning “lids” in Spanish, originated centuries ago at Spanish taverns, where the wine merchant would place a slice of bread atop the customer’s wine glass as a nibble -- or possibly to keep out the fruit flies! Sometimes a slice of ham or cheese might be added. Fancy and creative tapas, changing with each new glass of wine purchased, began in the 20th century. Finally, “tapas bars” emerged, featuring numerous small dishes from which you could make an entire meal.

Our fixed menu, fixed price tapas evening this July will feature six delightful dishes from Spain prepared for you by Chef Tim Dondero and colleagues. Tim will discuss the dishes as they are served. You bring your wine, or sangria, of choice.

The specialties will include: Roasted mini sweet peppers with Sherry vinegar and olive oil; Chorizo sausage drizzled with dark chocolate and sea salt; Patatas Bravas (spice-roasted potatoes with Spanish tomato salsa); Albóndigas (fragrantly spiced chicken meatballs); Spanish cheeses and roasted almonds; Pollo con Aceitunas (chicken breast medallions sautéed with Sherry and Manzanilla olives).

Tim’s preferred wine for this selection of dishes would be Spanish, a Rioja or other red made from Tempranillo grapes, or a chilled Albariño or Spanish rosé.

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave and Anne Wells at the Healthy Gourmet (1087 Baxter St, telephone 706 353-3107). Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Healthy Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

Thursday, July 7th. Donderos’ Kitchen, 590 No. Milledge Avenue. First course served at 6:30 PM.

Price $45 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register in advance. 

Artist Reception for Athens Photography Guild
Jun
25
2:00 pm14:00

Artist Reception for Athens Photography Guild

Donderos' will be hosting the artwork of Athens Photography Guild all summer!  The work of several photographers is featured in both of our dining rooms, and will rotate as the photographs sell.  Join us Saturday, June 25 from 2-4pm to meet and greet with the guild members.  Refreshments and finger foods will be provided!

Please see their website for more information about the Athens Photography Guild.

http://www.athensphotographyguild.com/

Jun
2
6:30 pm18:30

Tapas with Tim - India and Pakistan

Tapas with Tim -- Thursday June 2nd

Small Dishes from India and Pakistan

 Going into summer, how about some foods from the tropics? Our fixed menu, fixed price “tapas” evening will feature six delightful dishes from around India and Pakistan prepared for you by Chef Tim Dondero and colleagues. Tim will introduce and discuss the dishes as they are served. You bring your wine, or beer, of choice.

The specialties will include: Kabuli chana (chickpea) with vegetable samosa chaat (appetizer); Lentil and rice Khichdi with vegetables, Indian pickles and chutney; Bhindi Masala (okra braised in a rich sauce); Lahore-style fresh tomato chutney and spiced potato; Butter Chicken curry with naan bread; Selection of Indian sweets plus seasonal fruit.

Tim’s preferred wine for this selection of dishes would be a chilled faintly sweet white, like a Chenin Blanc or Albariño, or a French or American rosé. Some like Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling with curry dishes. If you prefer red, try a Pinot Noir or Chianti. Beer would be more common in India.

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave and Anne Wells at the Healthy Gourmet (1087 Baxter St, telephone 706 353-3107). Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Healthy Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

Thursday, June 2nd. Donderos’ Kitchen, 590 No. Milledge Avenue. First course served at 6:30 PM.

Price $45 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register in advance. 

Artist Reception: Peter Thompson
May
29
2:00 pm14:00

Artist Reception: Peter Thompson

Join us for a meet and greet with local artist Peter Thompson,  light treats and refreshments will be provided!  

The artwork of Mr. Thompson, former UGA professor and owner of Archipelago Antiques in Five Points, is on display during the month of May.  Come chat, enjoy some beautiful artwork and free food Sunday, May 29 from 2-4pm!

Tapas with Tim - Mexican
May
5
6:30 pm18:30

Tapas with Tim - Mexican

¡Cinco de Mayo!

 Donderos’ Kitchen: “Tapas with Tim” -- Thursday May 5th -- Small Dishes from Mexico

May 5th, Cinco de Mayo in Spanish, is the Mexican national holiday celebrating victory in the Battle of Puebla on May 5th 1862. The battle was not for independence from Spain, which had happened 50 years earlier. Rather Puebla represented an unlikely crushing by a seriously outnumbered Mexican force of a French army sent by Napoleon III to try to establish a French empire in Mexico.

By chance Donderos’ monthly first Thursday tapas night falls on Cinco de Mayo. So Mexican food is in order -- and please do not bring French wine!

Our fixed menu, fixed price “tapas” evening will feature six delightful Mexican specialties prepared for you by Chef Tim Dondero and colleagues. Tim will introduce and discuss the dishes as they are served. You bring your wine, or beer, of choice.

The specialties will include: Elote [steamed fresh corn, street vendor style, with crema, Valentina hot sauce and cilantro]; Quesadillas with artichokes, Poblano (meaning from Puebla) peppers and Queso Oaxaca melting cheese, served with Pico de Gallo salsa; Cochinita Pibil [Yucatan-style pulled pork barbecue] with the traditional red onion salsa and warm corn tortillas; Cotija and Queso Fresco cheeses with Dulce de Membrillo (quince preserve); Veracruzano black beans with yellow rice; Mole Poblano (from the early Convent in Puebla) with roasted chicken.

Tim’s preferred wine to for this selection of dishes would be a chilled Spanish white, like an Albariño or Verdejo, or a rosé made from Garnacha grapes. Just not a French wine, considering what Cinco de Mayo celebrates. Mexican dark beer, like Modelo, would also go.

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave and Anne Wells at the Healthy Gourmet (1087 Baxter St, telephone 706 353-3107). Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Healthy Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

Thursday, May 5th. Donderos’ Kitchen, 590 No. Milledge Avenue. First course served at 6:30 PM.

Price $45 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register in advance. 

Apr
30
5:00 pm17:00

Artist Reception for Ainhoa Bilbao Cebrero

Join us Saturday, April 30 from 5-7pm for an artist reception featuring Ainhoa Balbao Cebrera.  The reception will have finger foods and light refreshments.  Ainhoa's artwork is on display in our two dining rooms all month.  Please stop by any time in April to check out her beautiful work!

Tapas with Tim - Italy
Apr
7
6:30 pm18:30

Tapas with Tim - Italy

Donderos’ Kitchen: Tapas with Tim

Small Dishes – and a Dessert -- from Italy

Our fixed menu, fixed price “tapas” evening for April will feature six elegant Italian specialties, somewhat like a dinner served in courses. You bring your wine of choice.

Join us for a tour of delightful Italian regional dishes prepared for you by Chef Tim Dondero and colleagues. Tim will introduce and discuss the dishes as they are served.

The specialties this evening will include: Antipasti misti -- cold antipasto specialties, including meats, fish, vegetables and olives; Campanella pasta dressed with kale-walnut-gorgonzola sauce; Fried eggplant with ricotta cheese and marinara sauce; Chicken braised with mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes, accompanied by polenta; Italian cheeses; Chocolate-dipped amaretto bars plus fresh fruit.

Tim’s preferred wine to for this selection of dishes would be light to medium bodied red, a Chianti or Nero d’Avola. Or for white, a cold Orvieto.

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave and Anne Wells at the Healthy Gourmet (1087 Baxter St, telephone 706 353-3107). Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Healthy Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

Thursday, April 7th. Donderos’ Kitchen, 590 No. Milledge Avenue. First course served at 6:30 PM.

Price $45 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register in advance. 

Tapas with Tim - France
Mar
3
6:30 pm18:30

Tapas with Tim - France

Tapas with Tim - Thursday, March 3

Small Dishes from France

Our fixed menu, fixed price “tapas” evening for March will feature elegant French specialties. You bring your wine of choice.

Join us for a tour of delightful French regional dishes prepared for you by Chef Tim Dondero and colleagues. Tim will introduce and discuss the dishes as they are served.

The specialties this evening will include: Hors d’Oeuvre Variés -- Mousse de Foie de Volaille [chicken liver pâté], Céleri Rémoulade [celery root in aioli], Saumon Fumé Tartare [garnished chopped smoked salmon], Cornichons [French tarragon-infused small pickles];  Salade Forestière (spring mix salad with marinated mushrooms and toasted walnuts); Lentilles au Saucisson à l’Ail (Alsatian braised lentils with garlic sausage); Pommes Savoyarde (scalloped potatoes with Gruyère cheese); Emincé de Porc à la Moutarde (thin-sliced pork tenderloin sautéed with mushrooms and cream and enhanced with Dijon mustard), served with rice.

Tim’s preferred wine to for this selection of dishes would be a Pinot Noir or Beaujolais, or a chilled dry French rosé.

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave and Anne Wells at the Healthy Gourmet (1087 Baxter St, telephone 706 353-3107). Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Healthy Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

Thursday, March 3rd. Donderos’ Kitchen, 590 No. Milledge Avenue. First course served at 6:30 PM.

Price $45 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register in advance. 

Artist Reception for Jamie Calkin
Feb
26
6:00 pm18:00

Artist Reception for Jamie Calkin

February has arrived, which means we have new art enlivening our dining rooms.  Come in any time this month to delight in the work of Jamie Calkin.  Near the end of the month we will be hosting an Artist Reception from 6-8pm that is open to the public.  Please join Jamie, the Donderos' crew, and friends and family for this event!

To read about Jamie Calkin and check out his artwork, please visit his website:

http://jamie-calkin.squarespace.com/

 

Tapas with Tim - Mediterranean
Feb
4
6:30 pm18:30

Tapas with Tim - Mediterranean

Tapas with Tim -- Thursday February 4th

Meze and other small dishes from the Mediterranean

Our fixed menu, fixed price “tapas” evening for February will feature Eastern Mediterranean specialties, stretching from Croatia/Macedonia through Greece and Turkey to Lebanon/Syria. You bring your wine of choice.

Join us for the assortment of delightful dishes prepared for you by Chef Tim Dondero and colleagues. Tim will introduce and discuss the dishes as they are served.

The specialties this evening will include: Baba Ghanoush (“Pampered Daddy”) – roasted eggplant appetizer, with flat bread; Cevapcici with Ajvar – Balkan chopped meat kebabs, accompanied by roasted pepper and eggplant sauce; Greek salad with anchovies; Greek and Bulgarian cheeses, olives and pickles; Turkish okra braised with ground lamb and chickpeas; Saffron rice pilaf with dried fruits, accompanied by thick Lebanese-style yogurt.

Tim’s preferred wine to for this variety of dishes would be a Pinot Noir or Chianti, or a chilled dry rosé, Sauvignon Blanc or Albariño.

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave Wells at the Healthy Gourmet (1087 Baxter St, telephone 706 353-3107). Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Healthy Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

Thursday, February 4th. Donderos’ Kitchen, 590 No. Milledge Avenue. First course served at 6:30 PM.

Price $45 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register in advance. 

Tapas with Tim - Italy
Jan
7
6:30 pm18:30

Tapas with Tim - Italy

Donderos’ Kitchen: “Tapas with Tim” -- Thursday January 7th

Antipasti and other small dishes from Italy

To start the New Year, our January fixed menu, fixed price tapas evening will feature Italian specialties. You bring your wine of choice.

Join us for the assortment of delightful Italian dishes prepared for you by Chef Tim Dondero and colleagues.

Tim will introduce and discuss the dishes as they are served.

The specialties this evening will include: Bruschetta with dried tomatoes and roasted sweet pepper and eggplant; Hot spinach and cauliflower antipasto with Parmesan cheese; Roasted stuffed mushroom caps (meat or vegetarian available); Italian cheeses and olives; Chef Anthony’s pork meatballs with pine nuts, tomato sauce; Orzo (pasta) risotto with asparagus, zucchini and black truffle oil.

Tim’s preference for wines to for this variety of dishes would be a Chianti or Nero d’Avola, or a well-chilled Orvieto or Pinot Grigio.

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave Wells at the Healthy Gourmet (1087 Baxter St, telephone 706 353-3107). Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Healthy Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

Thursday, January 7th. Donderos’ Kitchen, 590 No. Milledge Avenue. First course served at 6:30 PM.

Price $45 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register in advance. 

Oct
1
6:30 pm18:30

Tapas with Tim - Spain

Spanish “Tapas” with Tim -- Thursday October 1st

 Our late summer tapas evening will feature small dishes from Spain, the original home of those small dishes that accompany wine.

“Tapa” means a lid, and was once simply a slice of bread placed atop the glass of wine as a little accompaniment – or to keep the fruit flies from getting into the wine! Some tavern owners added a slice of ham or cheese, and tapas as we know them were born.

Join us for the “fixed menu” assortment of delightful Spanish tapas prepared for you by Chef Tim Dondero and friends. You bring your wine of choice.

Tim will introduce and discuss the dishes as they are served.

The specialties this evening include: Grilled small sweet peppers; Albóndigas de Maria Rosario (chicken meatballs from Valencia); Patatas Bravas (spiced roasted potato chunks) with a Spanish tomato salsa; Spanish cheeses and grapes; Pinchos Morunos (pork tenderloin mini shish kebabs with smoked paprika); Chicken braised with olives.

Tim’s preference on wines to go with this variety of dishes would be well-chilled Spanish whites like Albariño, Verdejo, or a white or rosé from Rioja. For a red, a Pinot Noir would do.

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave Wells at the Healthy Gourmet (1087 Baxter St, telephone 706 353-3107). Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Healthy Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

Thursday, October 1st. Donderos’ Kitchen, 590 No. Milledge Avenue. First course served at 6:30 PM.

Price $45 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register and place a deposit in advance. Refunds will be given for cancellations made at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Sep
3
6:30 pm18:30

Tapas with Tim - East and Southeast Asia

Asian Small Dishes “Tapas” with Tim – Thursday, September 3rd

Our late summer tapas evening will feature small dishes from East and Southeast Asia, based on Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian and Vietnamese cuisines. As such, a number of the dishes include meat.

Join us for the “fixed menu” assortment of delightful small international treats prepared for you by Tim and friends. You bring your wine of choice.

Tim will introduce and discuss the dishes as they are served.

The specialties this evening include: “Ants Crawling up Trees,” a humorously named Chinese stuffed lettuce appetizer containing chopped pork and mung bean threads; Gado-Gado, an Indonesian “salad” of blanched vegetables and tofu topped with a spicy peanut sauce; grilled Vietnamese-style barbecued chicken with Nuoc Cham dipping sauce, accompanied by fresh daikon and carrot pickles; Cold-dressed Szechuan sesame noodles with shredded snow peas; Wasabi-Miso crusted chicken; Fried rice with Char-Siew (Cantonese pork BBQ), eggs and peas.

Tim’s preference on wines to go with this variety of dishes would be well-chilled whites like Albariño or Sauvignon Blanc, or a dry rosé. For a red, a Pinot Noir or Chianti would do.

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave Wells at the Healthy Gourmet (1087 Baxter St, telephone 706 353-3107). Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Healthy Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

Thursday, September 3rd. Donderos’ Kitchen, 590 No. Milledge Avenue. First course served at 6:30 PM.

Price $45 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register and place a deposit in advance. Refunds will be given for cancellations made at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Aug
6
6:30 pm18:30

Tapas with Tim - North and West African

North African and West African “Tapas” with Tim -- Thursday August 6th

We are back with our fixed menu evening of themed small dishes on Thursday August 6th. Join us then for assorted international treats prepared for you by Tim and friends. You bring your wine of choice.

The menu will be from North Africa and West Africa. Tim and family lived 2 1/2 years in Cameroon on his assignment for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Andrew and Anna, the co-owners who actually run Donderos’ Kitchen, served – and met -- in the Peace Corps in Benin. Tim’s work also took him on shorter assignments in Tunisia and Morocco as well as widely in West Africa.

Tim will discuss the dishes as they are presented.

The specialties this evening will include: Avocado Salad, from French-speaking West Africa; West African Peanut Chicken “Stew”; Roasted Ripe Plantains with peppery Sauce Tomate, from Ivory Coast; Tunisian “Roasted Salad” of Sweet Peppers and Pine Nuts (Salade Méchouia); Moroccan Lamb Kofta Tagine with Dry Fruits, served with Couscous; Moroccan Dates stuffed with house-made Almond Paste and scented with Orange Blossom Water.

In Tim’s opinion, certain wines pair well with this variety of dishes, particularly chilled whites and dry rosés. But medium to light-bodied reds, like Pinot Noir, would also do.

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave Wells at the Healthy Gourmet (1087 Baxter St, telephone 706 353-3107). Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Healthy Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

Thursday, August 6th. Donderos’ 590 No. Milledge Avenue. First course served at 6:30 PM.

Price $45 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register and place a deposit in advance. Refunds will be given for cancellations made at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Please let us know when you place your reservation if you have any food restrictions. The menu is gluten free other than the couscous side dish. However the two centerpiece dishes include meat, which is central to the cuisines of the areas we are focusing on this time.

 

Jun
10
3:30 pm15:30

Thursday, August 6 at 6:30 PM

North African and West African “Tapas” with Tim -- Thursday August 6th

We will not hold tapas night at Donderos’ Kitchen in July because the first Thursday of the month, when we usually schedule it, conflicts with the Independence Day holiday and vacation period.

However, we’ll be back with our fixed menu evening of themed small dishes on Thursday August 6th. Join us then for assorted international treats prepared for you by Tim and friends. You bring your wine of choice.

The menu will be from North Africa and West Africa. Tim and family lived 2 1/2 years in Cameroon on his assignment for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Andrew and Anna, the co-owners who actually run Donderos’ Kitchen, served – and met -- in the Peace Corps in Benin. Tim’s work also took him on shorter assignments in Tunisia and Morocco as well as widely in West Africa.

Tim will discuss the dishes as they are presented.

The specialties this evening will include: Avocado Salad, from French-speaking West Africa; West African Peanut Chicken “Stew”; Roasted Ripe Plantains with peppery Sauce Tomate, from Ivory Coast; Tunisian “Roasted Salad” of Sweet Peppers and Pine Nuts (Salade Méchouia); Moroccan Lamb Kofta Tagine with Dry Fruits, served with Couscous; Moroccan Dates stuffed with house-made Almond Paste and scented with Orange Blossom Water.

In Tim’s opinion, certain wines pair well with this variety of dishes, particularly chilled whites and dry rosés. But medium to light-bodied reds, like Pinot Noir, would also do.

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave Wells at the Healthy Gourmet (1087 Baxter St, telephone 706 353-3107). Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Healthy Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

Thursday, August 6th. Donderos’ 590 No. Milledge Avenue. First course served at 6:30 PM.

Price $45 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register and place a deposit in advance. Refunds will be given for cancellations made at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Please let us know when you place your reservation if you have any food restrictions. The menu is gluten free other than the couscous side dish. However the two centerpiece dishes include meat, which is central to the cuisines of the areas we are focusing on this time.

Jun
4
6:30 pm18:30

Tapas with Tim - Italian

Italian “Tapas” with Tim -- Thursday June 4th

 All right! We know that “tapas,” authentically, are Spanish rather than Italian. But prix-fixe tapas night at Donderos’ on June 4th will feature dishes from Italy.

Only some of them qualify as “antipasti,” the rough counterpart of tapas. The others are small servings of polenta or main course dishes plus dessert cheeses with fruit.

Join us for an assortment of delightful small international treats prepared for you by Tim and friends. You bring your wine of choice.

Tim will introduce and discuss the dishes as they are served.

The specialties this evening include: Bruschetta with chopped artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomato, accompanied by Italian olives; Prosciutto e Melone (Prosciutto ham with melon); Insalata Caprese (fresh mozzarella with tomatoes and basil) drizzled with house-made balsamic reduction; Polenta e Funghi (Ground corn porridge with truffle oil and parmesan, topped with sautéed assorted mushrooms); Pollo Tonnato (cold, roasted chicken topped with tuna “mayonnaise”); Formaggi e Frutti (Italian cheeses, with fruit).

In Tim’s opinion, certain wines go well with this variety of dishes, particularly Italian whites, such as an Orvieto or Gavi, as well as the old standby Sauvignon Blanc. Medium-bodied reds will also go, such as Chianti, Barbera or Nero d’Avola from Italy, or a Pinot Noir.

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave Wells at the Healthy Gourmet (1087 Baxter St, telephone 706 353-3107). Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Healthy Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

Thursday, June 4th

Donderos’ 590 No. Milledge Avenue. First course served at 6:30 PM.

Price $45 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register and place a deposit in advance. Refunds will be given for cancellations made at least 48 hours prior to the event.

May
7
6:30 pm18:30

Tapas with Tim

Tapas with Tim: British and Irish Small Dishes -- Thursday May 7th

Donderos’ prix-fixe tapas night on the first Thursday of May will feature specialties from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Though not typically considered the answer to a gourmet’s prayer, food from the British Isles is typically of good quality, and comforting.  

Join us for an assortment of delightful small treats prepared for you by Chef Tim and friends. You bring your wine, or beer, of choice.

Tim will introduce and discuss the dishes as they are served.

The specialties this evening include: Welsh Rabbit (aka Rarebit) – savory melted cheese sauce over toast points; Irish Colcannon – buttery mashed potatoes blended with sautéed kale; Anglo-Indian Turkey Rissoles – chopped meat cake with apple curry sauce; English and Irish cheeses accompanied by Major Grey’s Chutney; Irish Shepherd’s Pie – lamb and beef pie with cheese-enriched potato topping; Scottish Cranachan – whisky-laced toasted oatmeal and whipped cream dessert with fresh raspberries. 

Tim’s recommendation to accompany this selection is a Spanish wine traditionally popular in England: Rioja. But any Spanish Tempranillo, not only those produced in the Rioja region, will serve well, and Pinot Noir always seems to go with a varied menu. Alternatively, beer is the popular drink throughout all the British Isles, and goes with tonight’s dishes as well.

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave Wells at the Healthy Gourmet (1087 Baxter St, telephone 706 353-3107). Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Healthy Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

Thursday, May 7th

Donderos’ 6:30 PM.

Price $45 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register and place a deposit in advance. Refunds will be given for cancellations made at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Apr
9
6:30 pm18:30

Tapas with Tim

Donderos’ Kitchen Tapas with Tim for April: Eastern Mediterranean

 

Since the first Thursday of April is Holy Thursday as well as the day before the start of Passover, Donderos’ will hold our fixed price tapas night on the second Thursday, April 9th.

 

This time we will feature small dishes, or “meze,” from the Eastern coasts of the Mediterranean. The evening will showcase specialties from Greece, Turkey and The Levant.

 

Tim will discuss the dishes and the traditions behind them as they are presented for your dining pleasure.

 

The fixed menu for the evening includes:

 

Fattoush (Lebanese/Syrian salad with toasted flat bread);

Spiced chicken hummus;

Fordhook limas prepared like Greek fava beans with dill;

A mixed platter of Taramasalata (Greek/Turkish caviar spread), Tomato Muhamara (Turkish dry tomato

     and walnut dip), and Labneh (thick yogurt with garlic, olive oil and zataar);

Kibbeh (Lebanese/Syrian casserole of meat and pounded bulgur wheat stuffed with spiced meat and

     walnuts);

Selection of regional cheeses and olives

 

Flat bread and baguette will be served with the various courses.

 

Bring the wine of your choice. In the Eastern Mediterranean, the traditional drink with meze is Arak, a licorice-containing alcohol, which is distinctly not the chef’s favorite. But throughout that region, dry rosé wines are popular, and go well with our dishes. Two go-to wines that will pair pretty well with our meal include Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

 

Or -- for a great wine pairing at a modest price, see Dave Wells at the Healthy Gourmet (1087 Baxter St, telephone 706 353-3107). Dave and Tim frequently teach cooking and wine classes at the Healthy Gourmet, and Dave selects wines to go with Tim’s style of cooking.

 

Thursday, April 9th

The dinner begins at 6:30 PM, at Donderos’ (590 No. Milledge)

 

Price $45 for a couple, $25 for a single. Corkage fee is $2 per couple.

 

Seating is limited. To assure a place, please register and place a deposit in advance. Refunds will be given for cancellations made at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Mar
22
2:00 pm14:00

Artist Reception featuring Susan T. Pelham

To Slay the Jaberwock

To Slay the Jaberwock

Stop by Donderos' in March to see the work of featured artist of the month, Susan T. Pelham.  Join us for the artist reception Sunday, March 22 from 2:00-4:00pm.

Susan Tillman Pelham graduated from Florida State University in 1963 with a degree in Fine Art. Her major was in Painting with a minor in Art History. Twenty years later she spent three months in London, England updating her Art History at Sotheby’s Styles in Art course.  Of her current work Susan says:

“Magic Realism of the 1940’s in painting intrigued me when I was a student at Florida State University in the early 60’s.  I liked the work of Cadmus, Tooker, Albright, and Hopper.  Only recently in exploring collage, and thinking about Magic Realism in the writings of Gabriel Garcia Marques and Franz Kafka have I begun to explore Magic Realism in my own work.   I enjoy referencing literature in my collages. Often nursery rhymes, Haiku, Limericks, and children’s camp songs inspire the subject of a collage. I like hiding little jokes in the composition. I have fun with my work as I am creating it, and I hope other people have fun looking at it. “

Susan teaches painting in Madison and at her home in Monroe.  She receives much critical acclaim in the region and has won numerous awards with her collages.