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Alana’s / UE photos

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I’ve now had a chance to sort through some of the photos from the Alana’s / UE dinner, and it’s been great to re-live it all over again!

The program for the evening.

Gathering on the front porch.

Colleen welcomes everyone to the table.

Pat discusses UE’s wines, passionately.

Connie takes a turn at the projector.

Alana’s truffled duck egg salad on brioche (photo courtesy Columbus Foodie).

Muscat scented petit risotto with Toad Hill spinach and Integrated Acre Farms goat cheese (photo courtesy Columbus Foodie).

Shiitake and buna shemiji mushrooms with caramelized ramps (Fruit of the Moon, Mushroom Harvest).

Hopping Good rabbit (from North Market Poultry & Game) with ménage à trois reduction of terres de solence with huckleberry and cranberry.

Terres de Solence, Côtes du Ventoux, “Les Trois Pères” 2004; Domaine des Terres Falmet, Saint-Chinian “L’Ivresse des Cîmes” 2004; and Domaine Roche-Audran, Côtes du Rhône Villages – Visan “Le Père Mayeux” 2004, all from United Estates.

I’m really not sure where to begin. It was a truly delightful dinner: Alana really outdid herself with four different passed hors d’oeuvres (andouille cider vinaigrette with gouda and cabbage shoots; fava bean skordillia with mizuna shoots; the truffled duck egg salad on brioche; and baby quesadillas with oakevale jack and mango salsa), the risotto, the rabbit, the mushroom-and-ramp dish, Blues Creek lamb in the style of Bolognese “with love and spaghetti,” and pear panna cotta with Jeni’s pear riesling sorbet — all told, one course more than the diners had been promised on the invitation. None of it was anything like ordinary; the rabbit, the mushrooms and ramps, and the truffled duck egg salad were particularly breathtaking, and the skordillia and lamb Bolognese were superb. Becke, the Columbus Foodie, was there as well and prepared a much more detailed writeup of the meal, complete with a comprehensive array of photos; click here to read through it.

For their part, Pat and Connie came prepared. They were prepared not just with wine —

  • Château Virgile, Costières de Nîmes, Blanc 2006
  • Domaine de Barroubio, VDP d’Oc, Muscat Sec 2006
  • Terres de Solence, Côtes du Ventoux, “Les Trois Pères” 2004
  • Domaine des Terres Falmet, Saint-Chinian “L’Ivresse des Cîmes” 2004
  • Domaine Roche-Audran, Côtes du Rhône Villages – Visan “Le Père Mayeux” 2004
  • Domaine de Barroubio, Muscat de Saint-Jean de Minervois 2005

— but with a laptop and a projector and a detailed presentation about the producers, the regions, the vineyards, and the terroir that gave birth to the wines that we were drinking. Easily my favorite was the Terres de Solence, which I thought had a really impressive richness and depth, though many of my fellow diners preferred the Domaine Roche-Audran, and my neighbors were more impressed with the Muscat that we had with (as) dessert. I’ve also been a fan of the light, complex, minerally Château Virgile for a while. It’s also worth noting that the Muscat Sec (#2) and the Muscat are made from the same grape by the same vintner, but that the Muscat Sec is a relatively unusual dry Muscat — the bouquet makes you think it’ll be a sweet wine, but it isn’t, and as Pat and Connie pointed out, its unusual flavor profile allows it to stand up to a variety of foods (asparagus, e.g.) that have a way of ruining other wines. Finally, I can’t overstate the value of these wines: if memory serves, not one was selling for more than $20 a bottle.

The best part, though, was the people. I wasn’t lacking for conversation for a moment, and I had a chance to get to know quite a few people. It’s really remarkable how a shared passion for great food and wine can bring everyone together.

It was an unforgettable evening. Thanks to everyone who made it happen and to everyone who came out to take part.


Written by Bear

April 29, 2008 at 5:49 am

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  1. […] note the wines, but Bear wrote more about the wines (including exactly what they were) in his writeup of the event. I can easily say, though, that it was one of the more enjoyable meals that I can […]

  2. I loved reading about your dinner. The entire meal looks so amazing and that rabbit dish looks divine!


    April 30, 2008 at 10:28 am

  3. Hi Loulou, and welcome to Columbus! I love your blog; if we managed to impress YOU with the way the dinner looked, we must be doing something right! (Readers who haven’t yet done so can click on Loulou’s name for a breathtaking visit to the south of France, complete with enough photographs and exciting commentary to make you want to pack your bags and jump on a plane tomorrow.)


    April 30, 2008 at 3:34 pm

  4. Bienvenue Loulou!

    Je suis contente que vous avez trouvée notre *link*! Mais comment? J’adore vos photos, je me souviens les scènes semblables parce que j’ai passée du temps à Nice et l’environs comme étudiante. Pourquoi vous habitez en France? Pardon mon Français, je n’ai pas beaucoup d’occasions à parler–et surtout pas écriver. -colleen


    May 1, 2008 at 5:00 pm

  5. Bear,
    I think it is so fabulous that you all get together to celebrate food, especially Slow Food. The chapter here is small but they do what they can to promote local products.

    I’m adding your site to my links. Santé!

    You can write to me in English. I’m American!
    I found your site through a Google Alert for the word “Minervois.”
    We are several hours from Nice, but close to Spain. We moved about five years ago because we had the opportunity to and we took it! 🙂


    June 1, 2008 at 8:43 am

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