Farm to Table Feast

And it was a good feast! Held at Peaceful Belly Farm and the new event room and building – Grand Opening November 16–18, noon until 6 pm.
The Farm to Table Dinner Series, “Josie of Peaceful Belly, Scott from Snake River Winery, Clay from Stack Rock Cidery, Nate Whitley chef at the Modern Hotel and Chef Abby Carlson have teamed up to create an amazing 5-course meal held on our magical Sunny Slope farm. The plates are creative, unique, and 100% local and seasonal. These dinners will transport you to another time and place where fresh food is cooked with amazing brilliance and presented to the table in a picturesque farm setting.” Here are some photos from the evening. Enjoy and Left-Click to see any of these photos enlarged. All in all – A good dinner.

Sunset at the farm.
The menu for the dinner.
New event room and tasting room.
Appetizer –

Fingerling Potato, Lentils and Onion

Smoked Trout
Warm Fingerling Potatoes
2012 Arena Valley Riesling

Beef Tongue Carpaccio
Black Garlic Aioli
Roasted Chilis
Sunny Slope Cide

Roasted Winter Squash
Brown Butter Tamari Vinaigrette
2014 Blauer Zweigelt

Reflections at the Intermezzo

Pumpkin Pie Sorbet

Roasted Pork Loin
Onion Puree
Swiss Chard
2009 Reserve Bordeaux Blend

Tri of Ice Cream Sandwiches
2014 Orange Muscat

Wine Dinner at Grit – American Cuisine and 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards Wines

A very good dinner and some fine wines. Grit – American Cuisine, located at 360 S Eagle Rd, Eagle, ID 83616, Hours: 11AM–9PM, Phone: (208) 576-6666, presented a very good wine dinner showcasing 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, 900 Pearl Rd, Eagle, ID 83616, Phone: (208) 863-6561. This was thee first time Robin and I have been to Grit – American Cuisine and it is worth a 4-Star rating, out of 5-Stars. Good food, especially the French Lentil Soup, pictured below. It was superb. The appetizers, Seared Beef Filet and Crab Cakes with Aioli were also superb. They are also pictured below. The wines with the appetizers, a Roussanne, were paired perfectly. The wine with the soup, Eagle Foothills Sangiovese was also a perfect pairing. Left-Click any photo to see enlarged.
Gary and Martha Cunningham, owners of 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, did a fantastic job keeping us informed about the wines that were served and some of the specifics of the wines. The parings with our dinner were well received. 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards is in the Eagle Foothills AVA, Idaho’s newest AVA. Look at what we had. Hope to see you next time at an interesting Wine Dinner someplace.

Amuse Bouche of Bleu Cheese Crackers with Seared Beef Filet
Crab Cakes with Aioli


French Lentil Soup with Rye Croutons and House Cured Ham.
Sangiovese – Eagle Foothillsills


Frisee Salad with Lardons
Poached Egg
Champagne Vinargrette
Pinot Gris – Eagle Foothills


Sorry, but the photo I took of the next course was not good enough to post.
Mussels with Pernod
Fennel and Basil
Syrah – Eagle Foothills


Beef Wellington
Cognac Shitake Mushroom Duxelle
Glazed Carrots
Potato Puree
Sauce Bearnaise
Beau Geste – Eagle Foothills


Beef Wellington


Baba au Rhum
Cream and Vanilla Strawberry Jam
Riesling – Snake River Valley


Really a good night of fine food and delicious wines. Great to meet and make new friends.

Wine and Chocolate – The Buzz

10feb2017_1_the-buzz_front-counterSuch a great evening of fine wines and some really good food, especially the Spicy Chocolate Soup! A nice crowd was there and it was good to see 30 people! All of the wines that we had, as it turns out, were all rated at a [17]. There was only one that rated below [17]. Cristi’s birthday party at The Buzz, will be on February 24, even though her “real” birthday is February 29th. The next Wine Dinner is March 14th and 15th. The dinner is repeated on each evening. The theme will be “Italian Wines”. See you there! Here is what we had tonight. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Cheers.


Opening wines were from South Africa.
Opening wines were from South Africa.
Brie and Chocolate Tart Chorizo Chocolate Toast

Brie and Chocolate Tart
Chorizo Chocolate Toast

2015 Revelry Merlot

 Spicy Chocolate Soup (Awesome) 2011 Ammunition Pinot Noir (Awesome paring! Best paring of the night.)

Spicy Chocolate Soup
2011 Ammunition Pinot Noir
(Awesome paring! Best paring of the night.)

Spinach and Pear Salad Chocolate Vinaigrette 2015 Tranche Rose [15]

Spinach and Pear Salad
Chocolate Vinaigrette
2015 Tranche Rose [15]

Chocolate Rubbed Pork Cocoa Vegetables 2013 Arsonist Red

Chocolate Rubbed Pork
Cocoa Vegetables
2013 Arsonist Red

 Trio Chocolate Truffle 2014 Decoy Zinfandel

Trio Chocolate Truffle
2014 Decoy Zinfandel

Cristi presented The Legend of St Valentines Day. Interesting.
It may be based on the Roman pagan festival of Lupercalis which was a fertility celebration on February 15th. In 496 Pope Gelasius changed the celebration to St Valentine’s Day. According to the Catholic encyclopedia, there were at least three early Christian saints by the name of Valentine. One was a priest in Rome, one a bishop in Terni and nothing is known about the third St Valentine except that he met his end in Africa. Surprisingly, all three of them are said to have been martyred on the 14th of February.
Pope Gelasius intended to honor the first of these three men: This St Valentine was a priest who lived around 270 AD in Rome and attracted the disfavor of Roman Emperor Claudius II who ruled during this time. St Valentine held secret marriage ceremonies of soldiers in opposition to Claudius II who had prohibited marriage of young men. Claudius II believed that if men were married they were more loyal to their families than the state. Therefore, not good soldiers. St Valentine was against this and would marry young couples secretly. Claudius II found out and had him imprisoned.

It was during the 14th century that St Valentine’s Day became securely associated to love. Chaucer had a lot to do with this day. In France and England it was believe that birds mated on February 14th. Chaucer used this image of birds as a symbol of lovers. “For this was on St Valentine’s Day. When every fowl cometh there to choose a mate.”