Ridge Dinner at Cetrella in Half-Moon Bay, 8/14/2009

So, I realize this is logistically relevant only for those of you who are proximal to Half Moon Bay in California, but the real reason I wanted to post about this dinner is because I thought the Chef’s pairings were truly inspired, and I wanted to pass them on. (Of course, if you’re able to get to Half Moon Bay on the 14th of August, then I would strongly recommend attending!)

Anyhow, Cetrella has a new chef, Sylvain Montassier (you can read his rather impressive resume here), and this is what Chef Montassier has planned for the night:

FIRST COURSE
Blue Fin Tuna Toro “Sashimi”
organic Maui pineapple tartare, watermelon variations, crispy yuba
RIDGE 2007 CALIFORNIA SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS ESTATE CHARDONNAY
Wine Spectator 93 “Combines richness with an elegant, delicate mouth feel,
showing deep layers of ripe fig, honeydew melon, ripe green pear & smoky oak.”

SECOND COURSE
Wood Oven Roasted Squab Breast
braised leg & cabbage napoleon, red wine risotto, burdock & foie gras cylinder, parmesan-ginger froth
RIDGE 2006 CALIFORNIA LYTTON SPRINGS
International Wine Cellar 92 “Vivid red & dark berry aromas are complemented
by dusty floral & mineral notes, with a suave rose quality gaining power
with air. Deep cassis & bitter cherry flavors are energized by tangy minerality;
picking up exotic floral pastille and candied licorice nuances of the back end.”

THIRD COURSE
Wood Oven Roasted Elysian Fields Lamb Loin
sweet potato boulangere, pickled Morello cherries, sweet Maui onion marmalade, Lacopi Farm big “peas”
RIDGE 2006 CALIFORNIA SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS ESTATE CAB/MERLOT
“An exemplary wine…deep and rich yet elegantly restrained …a nose
of black and dark fruits, licorice, burning wood, vanilla and violets
..the mouth feel is silky and the structure is impeccable.”

FOURTH COURSE
Frog Hollow Farm Roasted Suncrest Peach Scented with Lemon Verbena
fennel pollen scented genoise, toasted Marcona almonds, Mexican vanilla ice cream
RIDGE 2007 ESSENCE

For more information, there is a listing for the event on Yelp that can be found here, or you can visit the Cetrella website here.



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