I don't have much of a story here. I cooked a dinner for some good friends with a fantastic wine collection. We decided on a Spanish theme with tapas and cocktails to start, followed by a five course seated dinner.
The food was great, the diners were beautiful and good natured, and the chef didn't burn the house down. I call that success.
bacon wrapped dates stuffed with marcona almonds
serrano ham, spanish cheeses, quince paste, cranberry jam
kumamoto oysters with cucumber pearls and chile vinegar reduction
fresh bread with trio of dipping sauces
wild steelhead tartare, avocado-wasabi mousse, sturgeon caviar
seared maine scallops, cauliflower, salsify, curry
colossal shrimp and lobster gnocchi, wild mushrooms, lobster cream
pomegranate glazed pork tenderloin, brussels sprouts, kabocha squash
spice cake, persimmon, star anise roasted pears, brown butter ice cream