Back in her school days, Anne Conness' friends chose familiar territories like Italy, France, and Spain to study abroad in, while the Tin Roof Bistro chef ended up in Belgrade, the current Serb capital that previously stood as the urban center of the former Yugoslavia. Her stay there lead to a deep appreciation for and understanding of the region's cuisine, an interest she put on the menu last night at the restaurant's "Taste of Croatia" wine dinner in Manhattan Beach. Though not every dish served was 100% traditionally Croatian so much as inspired by the culture, the tables were filled with Croat and Crotian-American families, suppressing the strains of Slavic pop as Croatian wines flowed to the glasses. Just for giggles, we plunked a Russian into the action to get her Eastern European angle on what was served (and because we're not very adept at deciphering long strings of consonants). Take a look in our slideshow of Tin Roof Bistro's "Taste of Croatia" dinner.