Wednesday, October 14, 2015
I met Kathy back in the mid 90s when I was still chef and owner of my first place, Oswald, in Santa Cruz, CA. She’d only started Fiddlehead a few years before that, but was already getting many well-deserved accolades for her wines. We put on a wine dinner there, and I’ve jumped at every chance to do so again when the opportunity arises.
So, when the good folks who represent her in the area told me she was coming to town and asked if I’d like to do a dinner with her, of course I said yes.
The wines are as lovely as they’ve ever been, both the Sauvignon Blancs and Pinots showing generous fruit but with a stately balance and correctness that makes these wines impossible not to like. In particular, they’re all very well suited to the bold flavors that we feature here at Jujube, so I think that we’re going to be in for a very nice set of pairings this evening.
The “shaking venison,” which is our adaptation of the classic Vietnamese beef dish with stir-fried, marinated cubes of lean venison and caramelized onions and watercress, is an homage to a dish that I used to serve at Oswald with her Pinot, well, at least the pomegranate and venison part.
Smoked NC trout mousse on black rice crostini with leek, endive, & radish salad -Gooseberry Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Santa Ynez Valley
Butternut squash-ginger bisque with grilled shrimp and pumpkin seeds -Happy Canyon Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Santa Ynez Valley
Star anise-braised duck, shiitake, and egg noodle soup -728 Fiddlestix Pinot Noir 2011, Santa Rita Hills
Pomegranate “shaking” venison -Oldsville Reserve Pinot Noir 2012, Oregon