DINNER: Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Tonight, I took part in the monthly WINE DINNER celebrating the wines of California’s Sonoma Valley at the Iron Horse Inn in Glendale. I attended with my friends Doug & Meg (both chefs), and we sat at a communal table with Annie (the pastry chef at Iron Horse) and her friend Phil.

Since Chef Jackson knew us, he sent a special amuse bouche to our table — a bruschetta with beautiful roasted figs, prosciutto, and gorgonzola with a balsamic reduction.

Everything on the menu was good, but I particularly enjoyed the Lamb, the composed Salmon salad, and the Ranier cherries.

The menu & pairings were as follows:


First Course

Pork Satay with Chinese Five-Spice, Annie’s Green Papaya Salad, Sweet-Celery Vinaigrette

2000 Chateau St. Jean “La Petite Etoile,” Fume Blanc 

Second Course

Spicy Blue Corn Soft Shell Crab, Creamy Tomato-Fennel Slaw

2001 Bearboat Chardonnay

Third Course

Fresh Thyme and Oxford Honey, Marinated Lamb Chop, Grilled Balsamic Strawberry,

Garni of Arugula

2001 La Crema Pinot Noir

Fourth Course

“Composed Salad” Smoked Salmon, Wilted Pea Tendril with Hot Bacon Vinaigrette, Fresh Blackberry, Pinenuts, Goat Cheese

2000 Chateau Souverain Zinfandel

Fifth Course

Piper Sonoma Soaked Ranier Cherries with Crispy Pistachio-Creme Filled Cannoli

Piper Sonoma, Blanc de Noir

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