Brendan wrote a great post, from a chef's perspective, detailing his experience planning and preparing the dinner for us on his blog: Immersione. Here is my take as his willfully paying guest.
Dinner was planned for 6:30 PM. We were greeted at the door of the large hundred-year-old home in southeast Portland by two young ladies in formal serving attire (black pants, black button-down shirts) who offered to take our coats and bags. They showed us into the dining room, where a five foot round table was tastefully decorated with fall leaves, gourds and candles. Once we were seated, along with the two other couples already at the table, Chef Brendan emerged from the kitchen to explain how the evening would flow.
|1st course: snail tortellini with fall vegetables|
|2nd course: smoked oysters, oil-poached beets, honey-soaked walnuts|
|3rd course: seared quail breast with saffron rice pilaf and heirloom tomato sauce|
|4th course: seared foie gras and roasted Seckel pear with truffled leeks|
|5th course: potimarron souffle with vanilla sauce|
|the wines (photo compliments of Brendan Moore)|
1st and 2nd course: Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Gaisberg
3rd course: Faustino I Rioja Gran Reserva
4th course: Marchesi di Gresy Moscato di Asti La Serra
5th Course: Bereche Brut Reserve NV
|the poem, written by Brendan, on the back of our menus|
Greg and I paid $100 per person which included five courses, the wine pairings and gratuity. If you're interested in attending a future dinner, be sure to follow Brendan's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Eightarmedchef. You'll get to join me in saying "I knew him when..."