Well folks, it’s been awhile, but I finally present you with a post dedicated solely to food.
Well food and drinks. When are there not drinks?
I had totally forgotten that I’d signed up for another Tasting Room Cooking Class with Chef Kurt Fleischfresser last night.
She started with a Last Word cocktail, from the Prohibition Era – containing gin, vodka, bitters and charteuse.
Instead, I stuck with wine. We started with a small pour of White Night Viognier.
It was perfectly mild, with thin slivers of leaks and the saltiness of the oyster.
The chard pancake was strange, but in a good way, and the wine really opened up all the flavors.
Next up was a dish that I knew would wow me – the Experimental Beet Salad - which had apparently come to Chef Kurt in a dream recently.
To accompany the beet, there was an ouzo-soaked toast and a bed of spinach with a sweet vinaigrette of cherry vinegar, leftover pureed beet and a bunch of other stuff I’ve forgotten.
We washed it down with a taste of this Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir Rose.
Then came the dish that I was most apprehensive to try – Braised Duck Orachetti with caramelized onions.
I was probably around eight at the time, and my pallet just wasn’t ready for duck yet.
Sixteen years later, I’m a convert. I was shocked as to how much I liked it because I’m not a huge fan of poultry, but the dish was incredibly rich and hearty and the flavors of the onions and walnuts made it incredibly unique.
It was exquisitely paired with a glass of Lenore Syrah.
As usual at this point in the “class” I was full and a bit tipsy, but I had to press on for dessert – Sweet Potato “Pot de Creme”.
Then, I rolled myself home. As usual it was a wonderful night of food and I may have even learned a few things.
Do you like oysters? The first time I tried them my dad made me eat one on a saltine cracker with cocktail sauce. 1. The oyster was sandy. 2. I hate cocktail sauce. It was a disaster. I’ve since learned to semi-enjoy them on the half shell, but I don’t go out of my way to eat them.
Have you ever had duck?