This event was held on Thursday, November 10, 2016,
It was a hit!
Chef’s Creek Oysters
with Beet and Tarragon Mignonette
Waris – Hubert Grand Cru Chardonnay Brut Zero
Chef’s Creek Oysters Casino
Philippe Fontaine Brut Tradition
White Stone Oysters with
a Lemon-Chili Granita, and Cucumber
Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve
White Stone Virginia Oysters
with Garlic Herb Butter
Champagne Delamotte Brut Blanc de Blancs le Mesnil
Our wine tastings will resume in March of 2017.
My favorite menu of the year is spring. Navarin of Lamb is coming back (Spring Lamb Stew with Vegetables).
But some of the other items Chef Justin and I are looking at: English Peas, Asparagus, Morels, Roasted Chicken, White Bean Soup with Pancetta, Tempura Baby Heirloom Carrots, Artichokes (best in May when the California crop comes in), Roast Pork with Dried Plums and Pearl Onions, Wild Mushroom and Mozzarella Flat Bread, Baby Spinach, Fava Beans, Baby Turnips.
We’ll see what makes the final cut.
I have some beautiful peaches right now at Babette’s. Running a dessert: Cobbled Peaches with Our Own Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Several of my customers have asked how to find a good peach. They are finding mealy, mushy peaches in the grocery stores. I often have the same problem.
The peaches that are shipped to grocery stores, even some of the ones from Georgia are picked too early,(very yellow) and chilled to just above freezing before they are shipped. I think if they freeze, they become mushy when ripened.
My produce company buys the peaches from a local source. They are a beautiful color. Sometimes they come in a little hard, but they always ripen into smooth, sweet, juicy and luscious little gems while left at room temperature. Small farmer’s markets should have good local peaches and they are worth the trip.
Sometimes I have luck in the stores by looking for a peach with good deep reddish color. They should be mostly firm, with just a little softness near the skin. Take them home and leave them on the counter until they are soft. At that point, if you haven’t eaten them all, they can be chilled.