Dinner 11: French Garden Dinner

Return to Wonderland (Or a Paris Jardin in Cambridge)

No Comments 25 July 2011

Written by Hairee Lee

It was back in February that I first met Jim and Page. They hosted Dinner #8 on a cold and stormy night. Inside, a fire was a-blaze in the fire place, a fantastic meal of seasonal ingredients a-digesting in our bellies, enjoyed in Page and Jim’s a-mazing medieval times inspired dining room.

For more pictures of the dinner go to our album on Flikr.

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Dinner 11: French Garden Dinner, Table Settings

Garden Dinner Table Setting

No Comments 25 July 2011

By Hairee Lee

There’s the Spotted Crake, the Willow Grouse, and the Whip-Poor-Will.

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Dinner 11: French Garden Dinner, Wine & Beer

The Wines: Burgundies (and last minute Californians)

No Comments 25 July 2011

By Hairee Lee

The wines for this event are suggestions from Daniel Comerford, owner of The Wine and Cheese Cask.

For those of you not in the know, The Wine and Cheese Cask is located on the north west corner of Beacon and Washington Street in Somerville, has the best selection of French wines I know of in this city, and a cheese fridge that yanks mercilessly at your olfactory organ the moment you walk into the store. I am delighted and not surprised by the two wines Daniel recommended: a red rully by Domaine Anne et Jean-François Delorme (2009) and a chardonnay by Theirry & Pascal Matrot (2009), both from the Burgundy Region. I makes me think of my favorite wine, a red burgundy from Saint Etienne. I don’t know the vintage because by the time I realized maybe I should take note of it, I was too drunk.

We drank both of these wines from the brand new Schott Zwiesel (pronounced “shots veesle”) Diva Claret Burgundy glasses a volume capacity that exceeds a bottle of wine. It’s enormous, great for full bodied reds like rully from Burgundy, because it lets the wine breath. And plus you can fit the entire lower half of your face inside the rim for the full olfactory experience before sipping.

But the four bottles Jonathan purchased from Daniel weren’t enough between the six of us. So Jim and Page opened up a couple of bottles from their own wine rack: one was Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2006, Jim’s favorite, and the other Dominus Estate Napanook Red Wine Napa Valley 2007.

I tried both. Of course. It’s my job, after all. And they were a nice counterpoint to the French red. How to describe it? Truth is, I hate talking about wine. Bold, oaky, berry, round, full, firm, tight, gains velocity and depth, rich, fine, lush, molten density–what the hell are they talking about when they use adjectives like this? It’s either tasty or not tasty to me. I can go so far as to say sweet or dry, light or heavy. So I will say that the reds from California were heavier and dry and very very tasty.

Dinner 11: French Garden Dinner

The Easy Breezy Summery Menu

No Comments 25 July 2011

Written by Hairee Lee

For this Dinner Series event, I can really only offer you the menu rather than complete recipes. Most of it was either purchased in stores or secret. Still it’s a great lineup, something anyone can adapt for their own summer dinner party.

For more pictures of the dinner go to our album on Flikr.
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