So Mr. H. and I were thrilled to be able to host our wine club holiday dinner last weekend. It was the perfect opportunity to eat, drink and be merry.
We've been sharing wine with this group of friends for six years now, sometimes getting together at each others' homes, occasionally trying a new restaurant. It's always delicious, always full of laughs, and there is always plenty of wine.
For a special holiday meal this year, Mr. H. and I decided to enlist help from Crush, a wonderful restaurant up the hill from us, where Chef Jason Wilson creates amazing Modern American cuisine from the freshest Northwest ingredients. I put my kitchen into the Crush team's very capable hands, sat back and enjoyed sharing an incredible meal with our friends.
Chef Jason designed an outstanding menu, and truly the meal was one to remember:
Fresh baked Gougeres with Truffled Chevre
Spot Prawn Ceviche with Cucumber Green Apple & Chicarone
Beef Tartar with Potato Cake, Horseradish & Parsley
Roasted Roots, & Pickled Tree Fruits with Baby Lettuce Salad
Fresh Mt. Townsend Truffled Tremor Cheese, Watercress, Balsamic, Prosciutto
Roasted Pacific Turbot Filet with Preserved Lemon
Vadouvan Thumbelina Carrots, Celery Root & Lacinatio Kale
McFarlane Farms Pheasant Breast with Burgundy Truffle Gnocchi
Roasted Chanterelles, Leg Confit, Pinot Noir Sauce & Sage
Chocolate Coulant with Praline Ice Cream & Huckleberries
With the menu and the cooking taken care of, I got to focus all the little touches that would hopefully make our guests feel welcome the minute they stepped through our door.
For the table, out came the best china, the blue and white (of course), accented with hits of red.
The place cards were dashed off just in the nick of time and tied to champagne corks with a bit of red ribbon.
All too soon, the bottles were emptied and it was time to say goodnight.
Mr. H. and I kicked off our shoes, rehashed the evening and how lucky we are to have such fantastic friends.
What's your favorite kind of holiday celebration? An intimate dinner with dear friends? A magical holiday ball? A cozy night with family? Or all of the above?