Tomorrow is the kickoff of our 2010 Wine Weekend. We are doing a South African theme, so all of the food and wine are based on that region.
Some features from tomorrow’s menu are: curried lamb and pork meatloaf, a spicy grilled chicken, sweet corn soup, yellow rice(lots of turmeric!!), and rusks(kinda like biscuits) plus all of the great wines our wine expert-Ken Phillips- has chosen to accompany these dishes.
Saturday, after a light lunch, our guests will enjoy a wine seminar with more tastings, followed by a 6 course tasting meal for dinner!!
We’ll be having a nice sea bass course to start it off, then a clam and peanut stew, followed by a duo of salads: beet salad and a minted cucumber salad, with a curried chicken sausage, then an apricot sorbet as an intermezzo, after which we’ll serve lamb two ways: Braised lamb shanks and lamb skewers with pork and apricot, all served with the traditional samp and beans. We’ll end the dinner with a trio of desserts, then finish off the rest of the wine down in the pub.
Its always fun teaching myself new cuisines and techniques and our guests love sampling the results. In researching for the weekend,I’ve found that the cuisine in South Africa is heavily influenced by Indian and Middle-Eastern cooking. They use layers of flavors and a lot of spice. It’s a good thing our guests have discerning, but curious palates, because these are going to be some unique dishes.
If you can’t make this one, we have one every Spring and one every Fall, keep an eye on my blog, or sign up for our newsletter to stay posted.
On another wine related note, we’ve set up our wine tour dates for 2010. You can try four local wineries and even have lunch at the Whistle Stop, all for $25 a couple. We have limited seating and specific dates for these so give us a call and we’ll set you up.
We hope to see you soon!!