The fun-loving winos winemakers of SE Wine Collective have announced a new series of small plates 'n' local urban wine pairings to run throughout the coming year. Unpretentiously named "Supper Club," the guest chef for each edition is asked to "reach into food that is significant to their lives," as opposed to serving up a facsimile of what they do in their restaurants

The inaugural event is January 22, with Scott Dolich of Park Kitchen and Bent Brick, who's planning a menu that "plays on the idea of Chinese American and his affinity for Dim Sum," with a dash of Mexican influence. (The title for the evening is "Gringo Dim Sum.”)

I really don't immediately think of wine as an at all appropriate companion to dim sum, but I'd be willing to take a chance with the experts, who'll pair each dish with the collective's product, including bottles from Division Winemaking Company, Fullerton Wines, Helioterra Wines, Jackalope Wine Cellars, James Rahn Wine Co, Jasper Sisco, Ore Winery, Vincent Wine Company, Willful Wines, and 5Q. Each night will also kick off with a wine and/or food demonstration, or teaching moment of some kind. At $65 per head for the first night, this isn't a budget eater's affair, but it's a square deal for a high quality meal and mini tour of local wines (you'd be out about that for a satisfying sampling of the menus at any number of the city's more interesting restaurants), especially given the one-time exclusivity of it all. (And if you took an out-of-towner curious about the local culinary scene, they might just die of excitement.) Below is the full list of guests scheduled for the monthly event throughout the rest of 2014, and Dolich's wild-sounding game plan ("Mexican chorizo Chinese sushi rolls") is posted behind the cut. Reservations for the 22nd, which is set to begin at 6:30 pm, can be made here.

The 2014 SE Wine Collective Supper Socials line up will include:
Scott Dolich of Park Kitchen and Bent Brick
Steve Jones of the Cheese Bar
Jason Barwikowski formerly of The Woodsmen Tavern
Johanna Wares of Smallwares
Tyler Malek of Salt and Straw
Ben Jacobsen of Jacobsen Salt and Eric Joppie of Bar Avignon
Katy Millard of Coquine
With more to be announced

Gringo Dim Sum Menu:
Passed dim sum (small plates):
Smoked salmon chips (analogue: shrimp chips)
Buffalo chicken and blue cheese siu mai (analogue: pork siu mai)
Beef cheek Shanghai dumplings (analogue: shanghai soup dumplings)
Mexican chorizo chinese sushi rolls (analogue: pork chinese sushi rolls)
Shrimp and grits har gow (analogue: shrimp har gow)
Mushroom and chestnut steamed dumpling (analogue: water chestnut dumplings)

Platters to share:
Chinese style gringo BBQ chicken and charred brussels sprouts