Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro
Foxboro, MA 02035
Hours: Tue-Thu 5pm-10pm; Fri 5pm-midnight; Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-10pm
Situated in a mall in the shadow of Gillette Stadium (home to the New England Patriots) is not where you’d expect to find a cozy wine bar, let alone the winner of the 2009 StarChefs Rising Star Sustainability Award. But Chef Richard Garcia surprised us at every turn, not only with his Spanish-inflected food (his family owns restaurants in Rioja, Spain) and commitment to sustainability, but also with his sensual plating presentation. Sommelier Dave Cicciarella selects funky pairings to accompany Chef Garcia's elegant food. And, as if that wasn't enough, 95 percent of the products in their kitchen are local, sustainable, and/or organic; all the equipment is energy efficient; all the water is recycled; they don't use linens (to cut down on water usage); the take out containers are biodegradable; their biodynamic wine list is growing. The cocktail list, compiled by Mixologist Todd Schroer, is focused on fresh, local produce.