A big thanks to the Ernst for joining us. They steped up to the plate nicely, even with a last minute request for a cheese plate:) Well done!
The evening's gastronomical delights began on the catio with a Peach Sorbellini cocktail contributed by the Kane's and last minute surprise change to the Harriot's Amuse-Bouche: a delightfully fresh and lite Cucumber with Chevre & Prosciutto! The dish was inspired by the cheese man at the Cherry Glen Goat Cheese Co. stand at the Reston Farmer Market that morning. If you have not tried their cheese - you must! Absolutely delicious and fresh, they are local, and have enough variety of cheeses for any dish or taste palette. You can also find them at Whole Foods. Cherry Glen will also sell you a goat if you need one to make your own cheese.
Moving from the catio to the dining room:
We began with the Starter Salad: Green Tomatoes with Pistachio Relish made with local green zebra striped tomatoes. The Pistachio Relish was amazing and we could see it would go well spread on many different foods. This was paired with a Benovia Rose of Pinot Noir. Which probably would have gone better with the next course: Pennsylvania Baby Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Maryland Blue Crab & more Local Cherry Glen Goat Cheese on a Rainbow of Pepper Coulis. The pairing here was a Viette Roero Arneis, probably better suited to go with the Green Tomato dish. But all in all the starters were imaginative and ambrosial!
The Kane's continued to feast with a delightful Rockfish with Prosciutto & Lobster Cream Sauce on a bed of Local Seasonal Summer Succotash. This went perfectly with the last bottle of Domaine Serene - Etoile Vineyard, Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2001 from the Kane's cellar. Any time you can get your hands on any bottle of Domaine Serene try it - you wont be disappointed!
Next up was the WCC with their delicious dessert of Homemade Chocolate Brownie with White Chocolate Whip Cream and Local Cherries. With another pairing of Fabbioli Vineyard Raspberry Merlot! Mmmm...
An the final pièce de résistance: The Cheese Plate!!! This is a new addition to the meal. I'll let you guess who's idea it was... a hint she's lactose intolerant and just doesn't care when it come to cheese:) It was a brilliant addition, if I do say so myself!! Quel fromage! And of course paired with a great port. Is there anything better than a great cheese with port?
And then, it all went wrong... two words: Apple Brandy. Officially band from the CPCC.
Apple Jaaaaack... cough, cough, cough.
Another wonderful, fun evening spent with wonderful, fun friends and amazing food! Totally worth the aftermath:)
An now it what you have all been waiting for: the next Wild Card Couple is...........