Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Culinary Exchange - Day One

Day One on the exchange was mostly a day of travelling, as junior chefs from across the coutry came together to meet in one location. We were all met at the airport in the afternoon, drove for about two hours, and checked into our hotel.

The only real event of the day was dinner - we went to a small winery (as we are in wine country here). We got a tour of the facility, the cellar, the shop. Then we had a charcuterie board and tastings of five wines (three white, one rose, one red). Next we had the opportunity to purchase wines. Dinner was served al fresco on the patio and consisted of a family-style, pass it along the table meal, so the ten of us could become good friends.

We had: smoked corn salad, braised red cabbage, beef brisket, barbecue chicken, bbq ribs, fresh ciabatta bread, salsa verde, horseradish aioli, fries, and homemade hot sauce. For dessert we had strawberry rhubarb pie with homemade vanilla rum ice cream.

The staff at the winery were extremely accommodating (they opened on a Monday just for our group), friendly, and helpful. They let us sample as many wines as we wished, made suggestions, and poured the spirits freely! 
The Winery

Barrels of wine

More barrels 

charcuterie board + wine tasting

family-style bbq dinner

strawberry rhubarb pie and vanilla rum ice cream

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Looks like you're off to a good start there! A wine tasting is always good! Regina