Every now and then an interesting opportunity comes along, the timing is right, and Andy and I figure why not?
Last night was that kind of night. Chef Joseph Heidenreich was offering a special five course meal and wine paring at the JCC. So here was a chance to taste food from the chef we have heard so much about, without driving downtown.
Adding to the fun, was a chance to spend the evening with several couples we don’t see often enough. We were ready for a great evening, and Chef Joseph did not disappoint.
The menu featured:
1st Course – Spicy White Tuna Stuffed in Roma Tomato, Frizze and Asian Pear Salsa paired with NV Anna De Codomiu Cava – The wine can best be described as a blend between a Chardonnay and a Champagne. Since I am not usually a fan of Chardonnay I had my doubts about this wine, but not after I tasted it. This may very well become one of my new favorites. And the tuna was exactly as promised, fresh sushi grade mixed with seasonings had a little bit of kick that was balanced by the pear salsa.
2nd Course – Vegetable Empanada with a Ponzi Glaze paired with 2010 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier – Loved the flaky crust which had a terrific butter aftertaste. I know there were vegetables in there, but all I tasted was the crust.
3rd Course – Chilled Watermelon and Tomato Soup paired with Darcie Kent Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey California Watermelon soup? I really like Gazpacho and this was a nice spin on that summer favorite.
4th Course – Grilled Salmon Garlic Mashed Gruyer, Squash and Toasted Pumpkin Seed Oil served with 2010 Angelina Cabernet, Alexandria Valley Chef Joseph broke all the rules matching a bold red wine with fish. I thought the wine overpowered the fish, or maybe the fish didn’t have much flavor? The squash was a really nice change from potatoes.
Dessert Course – Bitter Chocolate Truffle Pie with Coffee Spiced Glaze and 2008 Paringa Sparkling Shiraz, Australia – Ok, so I always love dessert, especially if it is chocolate. And this was chocolate The truffle pie was really rich and a perfect match with the sparkling red wine. I had never had sparkling red before, but I am going to have a bottle or two around to go with chocolate from now on.