Thursday, February 7, 2013

Luscious, Romantic, & Juicy: Valentines' Day Wine Pairing Dinner {La Crème}


I am not one to celebrate Valentines' Day, typically. I firmly believe that love and romance belong front and center all the time. Why is February 14th designated as a day for people to show their sweethearts that they are adored? What about the other 364 days?!? I would rather get a bunch of handpicked wildflowers on a random day in January than a dozen red roses on a day when florists mark up beyond the usual 300% markup on flowers anyway. Okay, I know that I sound unapologetically unromantic. Sorry. 

But when Tamie Aceves, owner of La Crème, asked me to come, bring Jake, enjoy and photograph La Crème's Valentines' Day Wine Pairing Dinner, I couldn't type 'yes' fast enough. I was actually just drafting a blogpost yesterday about how I'm rethinking my stance on Valentines'.

In any case: any event planned by Tamie + dinner cooked by Chef Jon Moser* and his team + wine = a winner in my book!!

So, this is what Jake and I will be feasting on come Valentines' Day this year (menu below)... here we are at another La Crème event. See the smiles? We love it there.

Seating is limited! But if you want to join the fun, call 831.375.1300. There's a 6pm seating and an 8pm seating.

First Course
Shared Antipasto Platter 
A culling of gourmet cheeses and charcuterie
with golden raisin chutney, wildflower honey and Marcona almonds
with fresh fruits, grilled baguettes
 Paired with Sofia Blanc de Blanc Sparkling

Salad
Blood Orange & Almond Salad 
County Line Farm lettuces, arancia rossa orange, toasted almond,
aged Villa Manodori balsamic
 Paired with Mer Soliel “Silver” Chardonnay

First Entrée 
Seared Day Boat Scallop 
celery root carbonara, micro herb salad
Paired with Etude “Lyric” Pinot Noir

Second Entrée
Filet of Angus Beef 
Yukon potato & house-made mascarpone ravioli,
sautéed cavolo nero, crisp carrot, natural jus
Paired with Paraiso “Wedding Hill” Syrah

Dessert
Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding 
preserved tart cherries, pinot noir reduction, 
pistachio croccante
 Paired with Sexual Chocolate 
Zinfandel, Syrah, Petit-Syrah Blend

*Chef Jon writes an awesome blog. Click here.

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