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Impromptu dinner with French wines

Posted on September 29, 2011 in the Updates, Wine dinners category by Dennis Chan.

This past week, one of our wine distributors put us to a big test.  He said, “How about we put together a wine dinner for next Monday?”  Being one not to turn down a challenge, I jumped at the chance.  He invited both the French representative of the wineries and the US representative of those same wineries to be present at our festivities, and they accepted!

That day, we had the chance to entertain 18 new guests who had never been to Blue Bamboo.  Many of them had heard of us, and never made it in to check us out before.  It was a perfect opportunity for us to show off a little, and create some food that we normally don’t get to do.

We started the evening with an artichoke salad topped with some pink sea salt, served with a French muscadet.

Then we moved on to a tempura mushroom and chicken dish with a mango and papaya salad, washed down with a vouvray.

The third course was a lean veal loin chop with shanghai choy and cucumber salad on a piece of chicken “toast” all paired with a glass of cabernet franc rose.

To complete the evening, we served a tropical fruit and berry soup with a quenelle of coconut custard and a classic Chinese almond cookie. A grand cru Champagne seemed to be the right pairing for this course.

All in all, it was a fun evening for us and our guests.  We had the pleasure of meeting some new guests, and because they were such a fun group, we can’t wait to see them again. We also had the pleasure of sampling some incredible French wines and making some food that we simply forgot we had the skills to make.

We do these special dinners every so often.  If you’d like to hear about them in advance, please sign up for our mailing list.

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