Les Zygomates Winebar & Bistro cordially invites you to a unique wine experience! Explore the beautifully crafted wines of Croatia, specifically the Komarna appellation in Dalmatia. Croatia is the birthplace of the original Zinfandel varietal, referred to as Tribidrag in the native tongue. Les Zygomates is pleased to welcome three winemakers of the region who have deftly worked with a sister varietal, the Plavac Mali. This dinner is a perfect showcase for a single varietal and the myriad differences created from terroir and individual winemaking.
Exploring these wines is made possible by Mirena Bagur and Croatian Premium Wine Imports, Inc. Mirena is a tireless promoter of the history, culture and wine of Croatia. These three winemakers support each other in their quest to produce excellent wine, which makes this such a unique opportunity to experience all of these wines in one six-course pairing.
Guests will enjoy six wines from vintners Rizman, Terra Madre and Volarevic, expertly paired with food selections from our Executive Chef Matt Jones and Sommelier Marshall McGlynn.
These wines include (menu selections to follow):
Volarevic Posip 2018 – a balanced & rich white, with flavor and aromas of apricot and citrus
Terra Madre Plavac Mali Rose 2018 – a dry, crisp & citrusy rose
Komarna 7 (K7) Plavac Mali Red 2016 – full bodied and robust
Terra Madre Plavac Mali Premium 2016 – balanced & smooth with hints of black cherry and black pepper, dusty tannins
Rizman Plavac Mali Reserve 2015 – black plum and bramble with floral notes – spicy finish
Volarevic Plavac Mali Syrtis Gold Edition 2013 – black cherry, raspberry, with notes of cinnamon & leather – rich, dry finsh; complex
Tickets are $95 per guest and do not include tax or gratuity. Space is limited! Be sure to reserve your spot today.
Please Note: a credit card is required for all reservations on Valentine’s Day. The card will not be charged unless where indicated in the Terms and Conditions below. The reserved menu packages will appear on your check the night of the event. By reserving with us, you acknowledge that you accept the Terms and Conditions described below.
Reservations are offered starting at 5:30pm with the last seating at 10:30pm.
We are offering a 3 course Prix Fixe seated dinner for $80 per person (see menu – Click Here!)
**This does not include beverages, tax, gratuity or any requested menu add-ons.
**There is an optional add-on wine pairing package for an additional $40 per person.
**A la Carte Raw Bar and other menu add-ons will be available as well.
5:30-7:30PM: Bob Busa – (solo guitar & vocals) (IN THE JAZZ BAR)
Bob Busa is a guitarist/vocalist, an alumni of Berklee College of Music. Started performing at the age of 12. Led his own band for many years playing in night clubs, social and corporate events, and as a sideman with big bands and artists such as: Dick Johnson Swing Shift, Tom LaMark Orchestra, Florence Henderson, Mills Brothers, Frankie Lane, Bobby Rydell, Lorna Luft and others. Shared stage with Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, James Taylor, and many more.
6:30-10:00PM: Witness Matlou Duo – (vocals, piano) – (IN THE BISTRO)
From Johannesburg South Africa. Pianist Witness Matlou is a composer and performer whose work is influenced by South African folk music, Contemporary classical music, jazz, and other world music. Witness earned his Master’s degree from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, where he studied with Grammy winning pianist Danilo Perez, Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci, George Garzone and Joe Lovano, whom he has performed with at the Lincoln Center and the Monterey Jazz Festival. Witness has shared the stage with other great artists such as Gary Burton, Yoron Israel, John Lockwood, and Antonio Sanchez.
Witness has toured in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the United States. He has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival, and the Kennedy Center to name a few. After receiving his Master’s degree, Witness was awarded a Post-Master’s Fellowship in 2017 at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, and he is currently at Harvard University for his second fellowship where he is learning from Vijay Iyer.
Matlou grew up listening to mbaqanga, kwela, and marabi music, such elements are often reflected in his music. His compositions reflect and sound the vibrant energy of life in the townships of Johannesburg, South Africa, where he grew up and the ethnic and cultural diversity of the country. Embracing the effect that forms the basis between music and language, through experimentation with time, rhythm, harmony and melodic inventions.
8:00 – 11:00PM: John Funkhouser Trio – (piano, bass, drums) (IN THE JAZZ BAR)
A native of the Boston, MA area, John Funkhouser (piano, bass) studied classical piano from the age of seven, and classical bass from age nine. He majored in music theory at Cornell University and returned to Boston to earn a Masters degree from New England Conservatory in jazz piano, bass and composition in 1995. After four years living in New York City, John again returned to Boston in 2000 to raise a family, perform, and teach at Berklee College of Music.
Funkhouser takes an active interest in a wide spectrum of music, including all kinds of jazz, from avant-garde to straight ahead to New Orleans Jazz, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music, folk music of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Africa, American popular music, including funk, rock, blues, bluegrass, and hiphop, Classical from Gregorian chant to 21st century music, Hindustani and Carnatic Classical music of India, Balinese and Javanese Gamelan, and all kinds of hybrids between these various traditions.
Funkhouser is in demand as a jazz bassist and pianist, participating in an array of musical projects with the Northeast’s most accomplished and creative musicians. He has shared the stage with such luminaries as Grammy nominees Luciana Souza and Tierney Sutton, Steve Gadd, Abe Laboriel Sr., Max Weinberg, South Indian percussion master Trichy Sankaran, Ran Blake, Herb Pomeroy, Natraj, Yoron Israel, Laszlo Gardony, Ron Savage, Bob Gulotti, Rick Peckham, Phil Grenadier, piano savant Matt Savage, and Mark Harvey’s Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. Along with Ran Blake, Herb Pomeroy and John Harbison, he was a featured soloist with the MIT Wind Ensemble’s world premier of Mark Harvey’s magnum opus, “Beyond.”
Funkhouser’s discography includes over 40 CDs, featuring him in various roles, including leader, pianist, bassist, arranger, and producer, including three CDs as leader/pianist of the John Funkhouser Trio, six CDs with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, five CDs with Matt Savage, two CDs with Willie Myette’s “Katahdin’s Edge,” two CDs with Pierre Hurel, and various CDs in a wide variety of styles with leaders including James Merenda, Philippe Cretien, and David Thorne Scott.
Terms & Conditions All dinner reservations on Valentine’s Day require a valid credit card to secure the reservation and agree to the prix fixe per person package. Guests may cancel their reservation up to 48 hours in advance and will not be charged. You must call us at 617.542.5108 to cancel. Calls to cancel must be received no later than 10PM EST on Wednesday February 12th 2020. For any cancellations after 10PM EST on Wednesday February 12th 2020, the guest will be sent a Les Zygomates gift card for the full reserved menu package amount. “No show” reservations will be charged the full amount with no refunds or gift cards given. Changes in time or number of guests in a reservation will be addressed to the best of our ability; however, these changes may result in a wait to be seated or a change in location of requested table. Les Zygomates reserves the right to adjust the status and/or location of all reservations at any time.