That aside, we were looking forward to a return engagement and when I discovered on Tuesday last, quite by accident, that they were hosting an Alsatian dinner the next day, we had to snap up that opportunity.
The party kicked off at 6:30 in the upstairs private dining room. We had no sooner gotten our coats off than we were handed a glass of tasty Cremant d'Alsace. (A "cremant" being any non-Champagne sparkling wine made in the Champagne style, so we were told.) It was a lively and friendly group of about 17 people seated around a u-shaped table. The wines for the evening were all white Alsatian (naturally) from Gerard Metz and presented by the wine rep, Steve Wynn of The Wine Bros. One fascinating aspect of the dinner was that such robust food was very nicely paired with white wines.
For starters, matched with a gewurztraminer 2010 (quite dry):
|bouchee a la suppepaschete, puff pastry cups with pork, vegetables and cream|
|bibeleskas, fresh ripened cheese with bacon, potatoes, herbs on toast|
|flammekueche, thin rich "pizza", topped with bacon, onions and cream|
|presskopf & spaetzle, crispy lamb shoulder rillettes and spaetzle|
|charcroute garni, saurkraut with sausages, smoked pork, potatoes, onions and mustards|
The company was congenial, and, as I said lively. It was a most pleasing couple of hours sharing experiences and ideas about such wonderful food and wines.