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Moda launched 

Globally influenced, locally sourced eatery opens with prix fixe options

The new place downtown, Moda Urban Dining (1518 Dresden Row, 405-3480) had its grand opening a few weeks ago and is now serving customers with a craving for local food in a global fusion menu. Also available are prix fixe pairings of food and wine. “Because Moda is a relaxed fine dining restaurant, we attempt to remove the pretentiousness and thus we felt having food and wine pairings allows for the diner to be educated, try new things, etc., in a relaxed setting,” writes co-owner Melissa Buckley in an email. “Last weekend for instance, we did a local pairing of all locally sourced foods and local wines from the Annapolis Valley.” She says they menus average around $60. “That includes an appetizer with a paired glass of wine, a main dish with again a paired glass of wine, a dessert---which usually involves a wine or alcoholic drink mixed in. Last week was house made vanilla ice cream with a peach poached in Nova 7, and your choice of tea or coffee.” Though there isn’t a schedule for what’s upcoming, the chef takes his inspiration in ingredients he sees during the week and from that the decision is made to pair wines to the foods. “We aim to do it every weekend (Thursday to Saturday) and it’s always posted on our website ( and Facebook group.”

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