Tuesday, February 15, 2011

merry christmas woodie

our last dinner was a gift from husband to wife. and nothing says i love you like five courses of food and wine. steve and woodie have been regulars at muss & turner's since the beginning and have become good friends along the way. when steve got a hold of me and said he would like to buy a dinner for woodie as a christmas gift, we were honored. they brought a fantastic group of friends and some amazing wines along to pair with the food.
as our own toughest critics, it's rare when jen, ben and i are all in love with every dish, but this night was perfect, and it's always better when you have great guests to share it with. the picture below is our housemade pasta filled with duck confit. it was prepped earlier in the day. before our guests arrived.

first course... a staplehouse favorite. fennel, radicchio, goat cheese, housemade bacon, hazelnuts and wholegrain mustard vinaigrette. we washed the salad down with a lovely chateauneuf du pape.
the favorite of the night. fried little neck clams with chorizo and cilantro with chili lime mayo. paired with the rose above, can you tell we are itching for spring?
course three. duck confit pasta, parmesan jus roasted tomatoes and housemade ricotta paired with 2007 saint damien cotes du rhone... crazy good!
riverview farms grass fed beef and berkshire pork meatloaf, mash potato sauce, and red wine roasted mushrooms. if this wine and this dish don't make your mouth water something is wrong.
and last... chocolate terrine with creme fraiche ice cream, salted peanuts and blood orange.
we are honored to have shared our home with steve, woodie and their guests. this dinner will be one for our record books. not only for the food and wine, but mainly for the company! thank you to steve, woodie, bert, jane, charles, kristie, dallas, margaret, scott and margaret!