Thank you to everyone who came to the dinner last night!! I hope I wasn't too loopy, the entire week leading up to the dinner was a total blur and Husband really thought I was going to bail but I was determined and miraculously we did it and we're all fine!
But thank you thank you THANK YOU for coming. It was really awesome and made me rethink the decision to wait until January to have another one. Thank you for putting up with the paper plates and for liking everything and clapping and tipping my awesome helpers and laughing at me and listening to Husband talk about wine and everything. I had a great time even though I didn't get to spend time with everyone as much as I would have liked. But you just made everything so wonderful and I can't tell you what a big head I have now.
AND, how about that pumpkin scone this morning?! Okay, so it was noon by the time I ate it for breakfast but YUM. I think maybe AJ is finished at the Worthington market for the season but you can special order from her website and wish her luck as she spends the winter getting ready for next season!
Now, as promised, the menu and more importantly, the wines! Wines are listed below each course; Husband says that he can find out retail locations if anyone is interested, or he can get them for you at state minimum from his work. I promise the gnocchi recipe as soon as Chef Warren sends it to me (ahem-hem)
Restaurant Widow Sunday Supper, October
Pasta e Ceci (Pasta & Chickpea Soup) in rich Parmesan broth with shaved Parm & extra virgin olive oil
2007 Ronca della Rocca Pinot Grigio delle Venezie
Autumnal salad of Ohio Honeycrisp apples with smoked ruby trout (from Weiland's), bleu cheese (I promise I'll go to Curds & Whey and ask what it was - Seth and I made the poor man feed us like 8 cheeses because the first one he gave us was amazing but $28 a pound), toasted walnuts, and a vinaigrette of Ohio tarragon cider vinegar and hazelnut oil (a friend brought this particular bottle for me from France, but it can also be purchased at Curds & Whey, if you are looking to recreate the salad)
2006 Calera Viognier "Mt. Harlan"
Roasted whole rib of organic Indiana pork with Blues Creek Farms double smoked, extra thick bacon (drool) laden Ohio Brussels sprouts, and the winner of the night, Seth's potato gnocchi in browned butter with sage (from my garden, by the way) and Wayward Seed Farms crookneck squash.
2006 Lioco "Indica" (for the squash & gnocchi)
2007 Rayun Syrah
Mixed apple crisp (Wayward Seed Farms apples), Lisa's standard, go-to dessert, with oatmeal streusel and unsweetened spiced handwhipped (thanks, Seth!) Snowville Creamery cream (which was very, very high in fat this week - wow). (Thanks Jen & Warren!!!)
2006 Lenotti Recioto della Valpolicella Classico