My good friend David had another one of his very elegant dinner parties last Saturday night. He served a seven course meal for eight people and each course was truly delicious. Once again he got out the good china, silver and crystal and set a beautifully elegant dinner table.
Here is the dinner menu:
Amuse Bouche - caviar and creme fraiche on a nut and berry cracker paired with Champagne
Seafood - Lobster, crab and shrimp cocktail paired with a French Rose
Soup - Rustic garlic soup paired with a Napa Valley Fume Blanc
Entree - chicken breast stuffed with pistachio, parsley and bread crumbs and covered with an apricot, mango and ginger sherry sauce. Served with lemon-scented saffron rice and steamed asparagus drizzled with balsamic reduction; paired with a Spanish Granacha
Salad - Baby kale in a blood orange, jalapeño, white wine vinaigrette sprinkled with pomegranate seeds and cashews, paired with Sonoma Pinot Noir
Dessert - Fresh strawberries topped with Grand Marnier sauce, paired with an Italian Moscato, or 20 year-old Port and coffee service. And, Julia Baker chocolates.
It was all extremely delicious and presented artfully. David is truly the master of the elegant dinner party.