2nd Hester Creek Cooking Class Dinner, 2013

There are so many benefits of living here in the South Okanagan and this is one of them. These dinners are fun, informative, tasty with  perfect wine pairings, and so darn glad we don ‘t eat and sample wines like this every day.  This is the second one in less than a week for us.

The theme to the dinner was “Gusto d’Italia” and our Chef, Roger Gillespie, did his usual outstanding job and this is what we had:

A Fall Squash Bisque with a dollop of Truffle Cream and a Parmesan Crisp on the side. This was paired with their 2012 Pinot Blanc and was lovely together.

Pan Seared Sable Fish with freshly made ‘at the table’ Lemon Ricotta Gnocchi with a Sweet Corn and Smoked Heirloom Tomato cream. The tomatoes are grown in Roger’s garden. This was delicious and was paired with their 2012 Chardonnay.

The third course was braised Lamb Osso Bucco with a Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta, Golden Beet Slice and baby carrots. Being paired with a 2011 Reserve Cabernet Franc really worked here.  I am not a lamb lover, but this literally fell off the bone, so tender and everyone all but licked their plate.

Dessert, however, was a real highlight. Poached Pear and Hazelnut Cream Pie with specially made Late Harvest and Hazelnut Gelato. Being paired with the lovely 2011 Late Harvest Pinot Blanc was brilliant.

These get-togethers are fun and, at times, very lively in conversations, laughter and also watching and learning the ins and outs of the various procedures with Chef preparing our dinner.

Also, our Chef was awaiting that special phone call to announce that his beautiful wife was going to the hospital to have their baby. Good luck with the birth of your son Roger and a sincere thank you to Jo, our fabulous server with a hearty helping of good humor.

We will be back again next year….we have a year to recover….yeah!


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