Monday, June 22, 2015

L is For... Private Dinner Experiences

I was lucky enough to be invited by Yvonne aka th3hungrycat 為食貓 (@th3hungrycat) to her Private Dinner Experience with Chef Eyal Liebman (@LisFor_) and his partner both in business and in life Sommelier Rebecca Meir-Liebman (@RebeccaSomm) of  L is for...

There's a few way the food & wine pairing goes:
1) They will provide the wine and food pairing
2) They will come to your cellar to choose a few bottles and create a menu accordingly
3) You have choose specific bottle and ask them to do a pairing.

They are probably two of the most honest and nicest people in the industry, they are just so passionate. This was such a fun, yummy and educational night.

Photo Credit: th3hungrycat  (@th3hungrycat

Cucumber / Shrimp / frisée
Chnin blanc old vine reserve, Ken Forrester, South Africa
A simple but delicious way to start off diner.

Butternut squash ravioli / Foie Gras mousse
Chardonnay, Black 10 Cellars, Niagara
They asked Yvonne what's her favorite food which is butternut squash and foie gras and tada, that's the result! Doesn't it look like a piece of art?!

Orange scented meatball / Tomato Sage broth
Sangiovese, Karlo Estates, PEC
I usually doesn't like orange in any savory dishes but this was so delicious with the lamb meatball. Love how the wine taste totally different before and after eating the dish

Espresso & Don Pedro Ximenez 1983 Gran Reserva granité
Yes, bacon does goes with everything including coffee. Wish I had a 2nd or a 3rd, this was so good. Love the crispy bacon with the cold ganité and they actually use some of the dessert wine they are serving later on in this. The best palate cleanser ever!!!

Confit de Canard / Magret 8 Le Puy lentils / sauce bigarade
Pinot Noir, MacMurray Ranch, Russian River Valley, CA
Just look at the color, so perfectly cook and all of this are made in a simple home kitchen.

Clementine & white chocolate tart / orange, cherry & cilantro salad
Pedro Ximenez, Toro Albala Gran Reserva 1983, Montilla Moriles, Spain
I first felt in love with Eyal food, it was his dessert (here) and this was another hit for me. Although I don't usually like white chocolate since it's way too sweet but the sweetness here was counter with the tart orange and cherry plus love the surprise use of cilantro in a dessert.

Love the intimate dinner of 6, perfect for sharing a bottle for every course (^_^)
And the apartment space Yvonne hosted the dinner was perfect with the table right in front of the open kitchen. Love watching the pros cook and plate.

Although it not everyone can afford it, it's all worth it just for the experience and what a fun night chatting with them both. It would also be great if you have a special bottle of wine you want to share with friends. 

*** This was complimentary. Opinions are my own***

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