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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.
Yes it indeed was and this is why Richard’s, located at the INN at 500 Capitol, 500 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, Idaho (208) 472-1463, is a 5-Star restaurant in Boise. One of the top restaurants. (Richard’s Boise) And when you make your reservations, ask to be seated where David will be your Server. Superb!
Here is what we had for dinner on the special. Robin had one and I had the other. And then we sampled. It was fun and exciting! It is good to note that Chef Richard Langston, Chef-Owner of Richard’s, tries very hard to source his food products from Idaho or from within 200 miles of Boise.
“…Chef Langston and his team share a culinary philosophy that celebrates the integrity of seasonal ingredients, locally sourced when possible. Dining at Richard’s is further enhanced by impeccably mixed drinks, a noteworthy wine list of old favorites and new finds, and sophisticated service in a stylish setting.”
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Crostini with Butternut Squash Puree fried sage and pecans
Great to see so many people attending last night. Almost a sell-out crowd! And they all had a really super meal and some great wine p;arings and information. If you missed this one, you missed a great one!
As far as I am concerned, there were some terrific wines presented. High scoring. 3 – 17’s, 1 – 18 and 2 – 19’s. Actually, I think the wine that took over was the 2014 Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel. But then, if you know me, you know that I am partial to a good Zin. And the entree that took First Place? Pork Medallions Crusted with Espresso and Chocolate. Served with Cauliflower and Pepper Medley with a Chocolate Drizzle. Oh Yum! There are photos below. Left-Click any of them to see enlarged. Cheers!
The Holiday Season was started last night at The Buzz and their monthly wine dinner. Many seasonal ideas were presented: Wrapping, fun gifts, culturally correct gift giving: Brazil – avoid giving gifts of black or purple or in South Korea – never anything made in Japan or North Korea. Just a few of the suggestions.
Good job in paring the wines with the dinner. The dinner was a surprise. Things we have never thought of or tried before, Dill Pickle Soup for instance. Actually, it was surprisingly good. (Here is but one recipe for Dill Pickle Soup.) Much like a Mediterranean Green Olive Soup, which is very good, but a Dill Pickle Soup is more of a Polish soup! And the Baked Alaska Meatloaf was a surprise. (Meatloaf baked, then cooled and mashed potatoes all over then broiled. Here is a Recipe for one variation. There are several.) Here is what we had and the wines to accompany the meal. Enjoy!
And here are some events that are coming to the Buzz. December 19 and 20: Buzz Wine Dinners – New Year’s Resolutions (get your reservations in!). Then on January 9, 2015, the return of Classical Jam Night! Do you play a string or wind instrument? Bring it and join in. This is always an awesome evening of some really great music. Order dinner at the counter – they usually have something special. Cheers and see you there at The Buzz, 2999 N Lakeharbor Ln., Boise (208) 344-4321!
On November 13, 2013, the Treasure Valley Wine Society (TVWS) held their November Wine Buffet event as a salute to the original 13 colonies of the USA and the wines that they made and consumed. Well, maybe not the precise wines, but at least the grape varieties that they may have used. Robin did an awesome job in finding, securing and presenting the wines and “the story” behind the wines. She and Chef Jake worked very hard on coming up with what may have been similar to the First Thanksgiving Feast. Gail McClellan Parker, President of the TVWS, donated some wines from Vermont, as pictured here. Thank-You Gail! And Chef Jake …. An awesome job! That Pork and Turkey Meatloaf was, I think, the star of the buffet line, as was the Squash Soup. (The recipes and photos are posted below. The entire menu and wine list is Posted Here.)
38 people attended the affair and some of the comments that I heard were, I/we “… were pleasantly surprised!” “A great night. And that food! Delicious!” “The wines were really different. I never had these before. Thank-You for such a good and educational evening.” “Best meatloaf I have ever had!” With that in mind, here are some photos from the event. Hope to see you there next time at the December Sparkling Wine Event with a Silent Auction and Live Chamber Music by Jen Drake and her friends, from the Boise Philamonic. Cheers.
The recipes ….. Seafood Bisque and Turkey Meatloaf Seafood Bisque (Squash Soup) Ingredients:
4 cups of fresh cooked [steamed] squash, pumpkin flesh
2 T turmeric
2 T coconut oil [leeks caramelized in oil optional]
1 pint unsalted stock – I used chicken
1 C cream
1 C Surimi [fake crab for the shellfish allergic] torn in small pieces or shrimp, scallops, crab or lobster.
Stir all together in large casserole to heat ~ one hour in oven at 300 until hot, adding seafood the last 15 minutes.
Salt and pepper to taste
Serve with bread
Pork and Turkey Meatloaf Ingredients:
1 lb ground turkey
1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 roll plain purchased polenta broken into small chunks
1 small diced onion or 3 chopped scallions
fresh sage chopped
Mix all with hands until well blended
Form into loaf shape
Place in loaf pan with inner drip pan assembly
Bake at 350 for one hour
Cranberry / Apple Relish Ingredients:
1 lb packaged cranberries rinsed
1 or 2 apples cored and chopped
2 T Honey
Pulse all together in food processor
Brown Butter Sauce with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme for meatloaf and mixed vegetables: canned corn, red beans, green beans, lima beans and steamed Brussels sprouts, quartered.
Pecan pie with ‘nut crust’ – a gluten free-version of pie.
Just in time for the holiday season quickly approaching. Celebrations of the World was the theme of the November Wine Club Dinner at the Buzz. We had dishes with a Spanish, German, Basque, African, Italian and the Netherlands influence. It was an exciting evening, full of information and tradition. Great job, Cristi! My only criticism of the dinner is the Swedish Meatballs could have had a little more of the sauce on it. The meat was a little dry, although the flavor was still there. A little more sauce – An easy fix. Here are some photos from the evening. The wine rating is  maximum points. Cheers! and see you at the next event. Thank you Paul Colwell for the wines, Peggy and Austin for being our Servers and Tommy for your support “behind the scenes”. An 800 calorie meal.
Cristi always opens the evening with usually two wines that she labels “Cristi’s Choice”. These were two really good wines. 2012 Zolo Torrentes from Mendoza, Argentina. A really nice white wine and well worth the $15 price.  2011 Arenal Vina Paralillo Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile. Again, well worth the $14 price. 
A very interesting selection of wines and food tonight. And as Erica Larsen said, “Great food and wine for $15. Bottles were $11 each! Delicious! Another dinner tomorrow if you are interested.” Wine selections from New Zealand, Germany, Hungary, South Africa and Portugal. And Cristi kept it interesting with the food parings. If you missed this dinner, there is another with the same fare and wines tonight, October 9. You just can not beat the price – $15.00 per person – and the food selections. Cheers and hope to see you at one of these dinners. Personally, I think this was one of the better Wine Dinners. Great job, Cristi!! Enjoy these photos. Left-Click to see them enlarged.