Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Onward, Haute

As promised, I've more information regarding the upcoming wine dinner next week at Union City Grille featuring a tribute to Amish Heritage.  The menu is complete, and I'm excited about the choices of wines to complement the dishes. 

More than usual, I've enjoyed researching this dinner, and learning about the traditions and lifestyle of the AmishIt's an odd obsession, I confess.  I'm currently reading Rumspringa: To Be or Not To Be Amish, about the Amish rite of passage from adolescence to adulthood.  It's nothing short of fascinating.  But, that's another post.   Here's the line-up for next Wednesday:

A Tribute to Amish Heritage
September 23, 2009
 A Wine Dinner at Union City Grille with
Frank's Union Wine Mart
Chef’s selection of passed snacks and starters
Le Marchesine NV Brut Franciacorta ~ Lombardy, Italy

First Course
Apple and Rutabaga Soup
with candied pecans
Thumbprint Cellars 2007 Rose of Syrah ~ Dry Creek Valley, CA

Egg-Noodle and Kennett Square Mushroom “Casserole”
hand-made noodles with local fall mushrooms and
Highland Farms grated Romano cheese
St. Clement 2005 Napa Valley Merlot ~ Napa, CA
Stags Leap 2005 Napa Valley Merlot ~ Napa, CA

Apple-Cider Brined Pork Chop
grilled with garden corn relish, Amish potato salad and
Dijon-cornichon demi-glace
Tamaya 2005 Reserve Viognier/Chardonnay ~ Limari Valley, Chile
J Mauceri 2006 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ~ Sonoma County, CA

Whoopie Pies
with rich cocoa and sweet cream filling; melted ice cream “sauce”
Sunce 2006 La Rochelle Vineyard Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc ~ Russian River Valley, CA

We'll be making our own egg noodles, and going right to Kennett for the shrooms.  Also, we'll be brining the chops in apple cider and Apple Jack with star anise and clove.  The garden relish is also known as "chow chow", and is kind of like the scrapple of veggies.  It's all that's left over after canning, quick-pickled and served as a side dish.  The potato salad I'm pumped for, if for nothing else because it's make with bacon and celery seed.  Naturally, we'll be getting all our pork products from Amish farmers.  And all our produce will come from nearby farms, as well.  This event is only $75, inclusive of wine and gratuity. 

For more event information, check out this link in today's News Journal/Delaware Online

I like to post links to funny or interesting articles I've seen.  This one would qualify as "funny", and it would also be timely.  The Tractor Driver or the Pothead?

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