“Donuts and wine -- it’s the best of both worlds,” said Ronnie Laporte, who founded Blue Dot Donuts with two other policemen.
Laporte said he saw a hole in the city’s wine-tasting events and decided to fill it -- with savory versions of Blue Dot’s gourmet donuts.
Blue Dot donut-makers worked with New Orleans winemaker Dr. James Moises, recruiting help from local chefs and St. James Cheese Company, to create and pair specialty donuts with Moises’ boutique wines.
“Since they’re savory donuts, they’ll work well with wine,” Moises said.
The tasting is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. April 16 at Swirl Wine Bar & Market, 3143 Ponce de Leon St. in New Orleans. The event includes four savory donuts by Blue Dot paired with four fine wines, including Moises Pinot Noir, for $25 per person.
The donuts include Fresh Fig wrapped in Prosciutto, Terranova Italian Sausage with Red Sauce and Mozzarella, Mocha Cappuccino with Mascarpone by St. James Cheese Company, and Chorizo Dulce and Manchego by Chef Glen Hogh of Vega Tapas Café in Metairie.
Laporte may be known locally for donuts, but he also holds a partnership in a small winery in Napa Valley, Calif.
“I’m big into wine,” Laporte said. “I go to wine country in California every three to four months.”
Moises, a part-time emergency room doctor who teaches on the health benefits of wine, said he enjoyed taste-testing the donuts and wines to find the best matches.
Depending on response, the donut-and-wine tasting could become a regular event, Laporte said.
“We’re just trying to create something new,” he said.
To make reservations for the tasting, call 504-304-0635 or buy tickets at eventbrite.com.
A portion of proceeds from the event will go to Companion Pet Adoption, a small non-profit animal-rescue group based in New Orleans.