We’re about halfway through the Year of the Pig, and to celebrate, NoMad Bar has collaborated with SecretBurger.com—a company that facilitates pop-up dining events—to create a four-course menu dedicated to porcine pleasures.
The meal starts with an American in Rome cocktail, made with Whistle Pig Rye, lemon, Foro Amaro and orange. It’s a fitting partner to a tray of snacks that comprise the first course. Pork belly and avocado lettuce wraps, spiced chicharrónes, pork croquettes and an heirloom tomato salad are delicious conversation starters as you take in the sophisticated bar with its burgundy velvet couches and live entertainment.
The second course is spaghetti with guanciale, chilis and Parmesan, cooked al dente and garnished with basil. It’s a bold-flavored dish—the guanciale comes crispy and salty, and the chilis add just the right amount of heat. The third course is a porcelet loin with peaches and peppers served with charred corn. The tender medallions of pork are complemented by the sweetness of the peaches and the mild bite of the peppers. That course will leave you right at the edge of stuffed, but save room for dessert, because a warm blueberry cobbler finishes the evening. It evokes the fleeting days of summer and the end of the meal, which you can only have on this one evening.
Year of the Pig Dinner September 3, 5 p.m., $75. NoMad Bar, 702-730-6785, secretburger.com.