Is Spike Mendelsohn ever inspired by wine to create a dish?

Have I been asked to create a dish inspired by wine? Yes. That’s the thing: I don’t build menus around wine. I definitely choose wines for my menu. We’re opening a steak-frites restaurant right now, Bearnaise— a steak and French fry place with five different sauces. It’s pretty simple; it’s like a prix-fixe menu. All the wines on the wine list are going to match red meat and the flavors of the sauces and what goes well with it. It’s going to be on Capitol Hill right next door to Good Stuff Eatery and We, The Pizza. It’s on Third and Pennsylvania SE.

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