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Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Through the Grapevine

On Tuesday, November 24th a week of feasting began. My sister arrived in San Francisco at 5:00 from her first semester away at college in Portland, OR. Before driving through the Grapevine, home to Los Angeles the next day for Thanksgiving, we thought we ought to celebrate her arrival and the arrival of a short break! Sponsored by Foodbuzz‘s famous 24, 24, 24, food blog event we put on an incredible dinner for the three of us (incredible, especially after a day’s work). Julia, my sister, is going to art school to study photography, so naturally we had her take all of the pictures. Enjoy!

 Menu

Terres Secrètes Crémant de Bourgogne, Blanc de Noirs 

Potato Gnocchi with a shallot cream sauce, crispy chanterelles, and a drip of white truffle oil

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The last fresh and wild Alaskan Halibut of the season fresh from the Vagabond Queen fishing boat (purchased at Fish. in Sausalito), on top of a bed of Organic French Green Lentils, with watermelon radish, microgreen salad, and a splatter of molasses.

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 Nutmeg panna cotta with fresh Hachiya Persimmon

 

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Pouring

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Making the Panna Cotta, sporting foodbuzz gear

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 Crispy chanterelles

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Adding some Crémant de Bourgogne to the sauce

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Gnocchi with chanterelles

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Halibut in the pan

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Halibut on the plate

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Panna Cotta with Persimmon (and a ginger snap cookie)

 

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 Then, down in Los Angeles two days later (after having crossed through the Grapevine), we enjoyed an amazing Thanksgiving dinner with our family.

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163 miles to Los Angeles . . . almost there . . . and hungry!

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Removing the stuffing and carving the turkey

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The family!

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2006 Domaine Guffens – Heynen, Pouilly-Fuissé “1er Jus des Hauts de Vignes”

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1978 Royal Oporto

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Homemade apple, pecan, and two pumpkin pies!

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Snow on the grapevine during our drive back up north.

 

Thank you foodbuzz!

 

 

Foodbuzz: 24, 24, 24 Welcome to the Chateau – An Evening of Wine, Food, & Art

On September 20th, 2008, eight friends entered the Chateau and enjoyed a meal from the Petrogasm gods.  Unfortunately, we didn’t open any Chateau Petrus. But, we did enjoy five courses inspired by the cuisine of Northern Italy and prepared using the freshest and most locally-grown ingredients available. This included two racks of lamb, which I picked up from the uber-sustainable Marin Sun Farms only about thirty minutes away from the Chateau. I should clarify that the Chateau to which I refer is not actually a chateau. Rather, it’s our home in Sausalito overlooking San Francisco and the Bay. But, for this one night, thanks to the generous support of Foodbuzz.com, we turned our home into Chateau Petrogasm, where wine and art flowed like the Pierian Spring . . . . Well, you will just have to see for yourself!

For those of you who are encountering Chateau Petrogasm for the first time, I welcome you! At Chateau Petrogasm we review wines with images instead of words. Following in this tradition, our guests put colored pencil to paper during the cheese course and sketched their impressions of the wine and the evening in general. It was an incredibly cerebral activity, but at the same time it seemed like everyone really enjoyed the change of pace. (I highly recommend doing this at any dinner party, just be sure to tell your guests how you came up with the idea!) Of course, this feasting of the mind was accompanied with a more-literal feasting:

Amuse Bouche
Thymed Cantaloupe
Fresh Roasted Almonds avec Stephanie’s Herbes de Provance
Fra’Mani Sopressata & Nostrano Salumi with a sprig of rosemary

Fantinel Prosecco

Beet & Goat Cheese Tartlet with arugula and a fresh pea puree
Fantinel Prosecco

 

Rack of Lamb rubbed with crushed fennel seeds and dried chili,
served with Saffron Risotto and garnished with raw fennel, fennel pollen, and gray salt

1999 Paolo Scavino – Barolo, Bric dël Fiasc
1998 Paolo Scavino – Barolo, Carobric

 

Cheese Course
Robiolia di Langhe
Piave Vecchio
Bocconcino di Pura Capra

 

Pear Tart with Cardamom-Pear Sorbet
2007 Vietti Moscato d’Asti

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Micha, Jocelyn, & Ben

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Jocelyn, Ben, & Stephanie

 

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Ben, Micha, & Claude

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Stephanie, Jocelyn, Claude, Irene

Ashleigh, (Rebecca), Micha, & Ben

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Ben, Micha, Rebecca, Ashleigh

(Irene), Claude, Jocelyn, Stephanie

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Ashleigh looking very serene

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Ashleigh and Me (Risotto on the stove, Lamb about to hit the pan)

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Micha and Rebecca

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Referring to the above two pictures, Micha wrote, “Claude and Irene look very conspiratorial in one, as do my segments of lamb in another.”

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The main wine offering for the evening

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 The Drawings:

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Jocelyn

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Stephanie & Rebecca

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Irene

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Ben

 

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Ashleigh

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Micha

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Claude

 

All in all, this was an incredible evening.  Thank you to all who came and to foodbuzz for making it possible!

2004 Sacre Bleu, Cuvee Gustave Fayet, Vin de Pays d’Oc ($18)

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This picture was drawn by Michael Warner at the Chateau Petrogasm Halloween Party. This particular wine, the Sacre Bleu CVM white blend, and the Sacre Bleu Pinot Noir were kindly given to Chateau Petrogasm as a sample. To our delight, the wine arrived on the day of our party!

The Cuvee Gustave Fayet is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and Merlot (30%) from the South of France. For more information please visit their website or their blog.


If you would like to submit wine to Chateau Petrogasm as a sample, please contact us here.