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A Spanish Food and Wine Event: In honor of the Elcano


In celebration of the upcoming visit of the Spanish tall ship, the Elcano, Jackson’s will present “A Spanish Food and Wine Event: In honor of the Elcano” on Thursday, May 28, at 5:30 p.m.


Spain’s majestic “floating embassy” Elcano, Spain’s naval training ship, will be returning to Pensacola for a seventh visit this year. The ship will arrive May 27 for a five-day visit, celebrating the kickoff to this year’s Fiesta of Five Flags celebration.


The Juan Sebastián de Elcano, the third-tallest ship in the world, is a four-masted schooner built in 1927. It is named after the Spanish explorer who successfully completed the first-ever circumnavigation of the globe in 1519-1522 with Ferdinand Magellan’s fleet.


With this serving as the inspiration for the event, Drew Flanigan, of Folio Wines, has hand-selected four stellar Spanish wines to complement a selection of dishes as prepared by Chef Irv Miller. Flanigan will be on hand throughout the evening to provide additional insights into the wines.


The featured menu presentation for the evening is as follows:


To Start

Chilled heirloom tomato salmorejo (soup) with chorizo-sofrito-stuffed mushroom Idiazabal croquettes with herb aioli paired with Cellar Vilafranca “Casteller” Cava Brut, Catalonia, Spain NV


Second Course

Florida Panhandle seafood with sherry-garlic sauce and vegetable paella rice paired with Bodegas Fillaboa Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain 2012

Third Course

Catalonian-style yellowfin tuna with orange, capers, sherry, anchovy paste, sliced avocado and toasted almonds paired with Bodegas Leda Mas de Leda Tempranillo, Castilla y León, Spain 2009


Fourth Course

Roasted ancho-rubbed pork tenderloin, fire-roasted pasilla peppers, olive and raisin salsa and rioja red rice paired with Cellar Vall Llach Embruix, Priorat DOCa, Catalonia, Spain 2012


To Finish

Sugar-crusted cana de cabra (goat cheese) with Florida citrus and mission figs


The event cost is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity and will include four wines and five courses. Seating is limited; reservations required. Be sure to make yours by calling Jackson’s Steakhouse (850) 469-9898.