Monday, April 04, 2011
Tour de Suttons
Tour de Kitchens enters its second week with a bang. I had high expectations for the Suttons but let’s just say they were blown out of the water and then some. The Suttons brought their “A” game, and it was an evening to remember. The competition may be over before it even began...so to start off, the Suttons printed off their Tour de Kitchen’s menu on stock paper to highlight the four course meal they were preparing (yes, I did say four course meal).
We started off the evening with an appetizer of goat cheese and blackberry balsamic crostinis and our first glass of wine. As you can imagine, they were perfectly toasted and easy to eat as Lori Ellen was putting the finishing touches on the salads.
Speaking of salads, our second course was a baby spinach salad with toasted walnuts, raspberries and goat cheese topped with homemade oil and vinegar (the blackberry ginger vinegar no less). It was incredible and we could have stopped there, but this was not the case. Our main course was salmon with grits and asparagus drizzled with a caper creme sauce. It was nicely paired with a bottle of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc. Yes, it was as good as it sounds.
The piece de resistance was our final course, and something that only a blow torch could have produced. The Suttons especially purchased a mini-blow torch for the homemade Coffee-Caramel Creme Brulee that capped off the evening. I was in heaven momentarily!
Not only did the menu completely outshine any restaurant I've reviewed over the past five years but the best part is we were able to enjoy the great company in their lovely home. Now, I would have asked Lori Ellen for all of her recipes but let's be real, I'll never be able to recreate any of this (except maybe the salad) so I'll just keep this one as a very special memory! Thanks Suttons! We can't wait for you to have us over again! The kitchen may never be finished.