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Sips Over Supper

Fine wine is the center of a prix-fixe dinner at Saddle Peak Lodge.


Bristol Farms and the Saddle Peak Lodge will host a special prix-fixe dinner on April 29, featuring wines from S. Anderson Vineyard.

For $90, you can choose from among three appetizers and three entrees, each served with an S. Anderson wine.

The appetizers are potato pancakes with salmon cured in the Scandinavian aperitif aquavit served with creme fraiche; oven-dried tomatoes with fresh mozzarella; and rabbit-confit-filled purses dipped in a mango bigarade. A bigarade is a sauce with origins in the south of France and Spain; it is rarely seen on American menus.

The entrees: diamonds of New Zealand snapper with a baby frisee salad; a grilled quail wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon with a juniper sauce; and pan-seared ostrich with parsnip hay and a huckleberry sauce.

The restaurant will serve different 1995 S. Anderson Chardonnays with the appetizers and the quail, a 1992 S. Anderson brut Champagne with the snapper, and a 1993 S. Anderson Cabernet with the ostrich.

For dessert--a phyllo-dough purse filled with mascarpone and surrounded by sorbet and fresh fruit--diners will have a 1992 S. Anderson rose.

* Saddle Peak Lodge is at 419 Cold Canyon Road, Calabasas, just off of Las Virgenes Road. (818) 222-3888. Reservations required.


Family Dining: Owner Amadeo Costantino is offering a new family dinner at his Stoney Point Bar & Grill in Pasadena from 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays.

For $12.95 a person, parties of four or more get a tureen of fresh soup, a big bowl of salad, a whole roasted chicken (or pasta if preferred), a bottle of red or white wine, tiramisu for dessert, and coffee.

* Stoney Point Bar & Grill is at 1460 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (818) 449-9715.


Picnic Package: If you're already thinking ahead to your summer picnics with family or friends, BG to Go in Studio City, will put together a big picnic basket for your party.

According to Christopher and Caroline Niklas,the brother and sister who run BG to Go as well as the Bistro Garden next door, their picnic baskets contain such delicacies as cold poached salmon with cucumber salad, sliced roast turkey with rosette potatoes and a papaya chutney, rotisserie chicken with potato salad, baby-back ribs with coleslaw and baked beans, and tenderloin of beef with creamed horseradish and rosette potatoes.

Each basket also comes with a salad and dessert. Prices range from $17.75 to $25.25 per person.

* BG to Go is at 12930 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (818) 366-3246.

* Juan Hovey writes about the restaurant scene in the San Fernando Valley and outlying points. Call (805) 492-7909, fax (805) 492-5139 or e-mail

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