Thanksgiving is just around the corner and in the spirit of the season, Left Bank Brasserie at Santana Row is hosting Beaujolais Nouveau dinners. This traditional French celebration marks the release of the first Beaujolais wine of the fall season. Chef Roland Passat says the event is very similar to the traditional American Thanksgiving—it is even celebrated on the third Thursday of November, the day that the wine is released.

The Left Bank will serve the popular wine with complementary food pairings for the weekend, and Passat invites patrons to come to the restaurant with friends and family.

“For me, it brings back the memories of France and the beauty of celebration of food and wine from back home,” said Passat, who hails from Beaujolais, the region made famous by its unique vintage.” It reminds me of my memories from childhood playing with my cousins.”

Beaujolais Nouveau is similar in character to pinot noir, with a light body, and fruity taste. The pairings will include an array of cheeses and dishes such as the Beaujolais marinated beef, aromatic vegetables, bacon, pearl onions and mushrooms and “ Cote du Boeuf a la Moelle” which serves two with a rib eye steak, Bordelaise sauce with beef marrow french fries and watercress.

The celebration also includes live music each night from 6pm-9pm. Beaujolais Nouveau is Nov. 17-20 in Santana Row.