Don’t let this one get away: Wednesday is National Rainier Cherry Day, marking the Rainier cherry’s short six-week season in the Pacific Northwest.
That’s the beautiful yellow cherry blushed with red and blessed with a sweet, delicate flavor. At Bierbeisl in Beverly Hills, young Austrian chef/owner Bernhard Mairinger is getting in a cache of Rainier beauties from Northwest Cherries. And starting on Wednesday, he’ll be serving the coveted cherries in several ways: vanilla-infused goat cheese with homemade Rainier cherry compote, toasted pistachios, green peppercorns and frisée salad, or house-made vanilla ice cream with marinated Rainier cherries. This last one sounds really terrific--cherry-chocolate strudel with house-made pistachio ice cream. I'm there. What about you?
Bierbeisl, 9669 Little Santa Monica Blvd. (between Bedford and Roxbury), Beverly Hills; (310) 271-7274; www.bierbeisl-la.com.