The post COVID meal you have been dreaming about...

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The post COVID meal you have been dreaming about...

#1 Post by Mark Golodetz » October 16th, 2020, 5:55 am

While we wait, something fun to think about.

So, imagine COVID is over and you can finally enjoy a meal at home with close friends without masks, social distancing etc. You are in charge of food and wine, and you have decided on four bottles that you already own. What are you making and what are you drinking?
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#2 Post by Mark Golodetz » October 16th, 2020, 6:45 am

Get it rolling

Various canapés, including my infamous shrimp, mozerella, Parma ham, cherry tomatoes, basil and olive oil. Foie gras pate. Taittinger rose 2007

Lobster steamed with drawn butter with Mount Eden reserve Chardonnay 2013.

Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, garlicky spinach Clair Dau Bonnes Mares 1983 (my last bottle)

Various cheeses La Mission Haut Brion 1978
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#3 Post by Gabriel Madrid » October 16th, 2020, 7:19 am

Mark Golodetz wrote:
October 16th, 2020, 6:45 am
Get it rolling

Various canapés, including my infamous shrimp, mozerella, Parma ham, cherry tomatoes, basil and olive oil. Foie gras pate. Taittinger rose 2007

Lobster steamed with drawn butter with Mount Eden reserve Chardonnay 2013.

Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, garlicky spinach Clair Dau Bonnes Mares 1983 (my last bottle)

Various cheeses La Mission Haut Brion 1978
That sounds like a damn fine evening to me, Mark.

I'd go with:
- Caviar and foie gras spread, Roses de Jeanne 2010 Bechalin
- Seared scallops, 2008 Billecart
- Cassoulet, 2012 Benetiere 'Cordeloux' (last bottle, sadly)
- My wife's banana chocolate peanut butter cake, a bottle of A Mid Winter Night's Dram (this has become a bit of a tradition every holiday season)

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#4 Post by C. Keller » October 16th, 2020, 7:25 am

Some raw oysters with a dabble of caviar on top. Maybe some lobster and shrimp as well. Hell, make it a shellfish tower. Accompanied with a European Riesling or White Burgundy.
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#5 Post by Dan Hammer » October 16th, 2020, 7:36 am

My wife will make apricot chicken. I'll open a Rhys Alpine Chardonnay to go with it.

I'll make Flannery steaks; and serve with a good California Cabernet Sauvignon, maybe a Carter, Maybach, or MACDONALD.
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#6 Post by Glenn L e v i n e » October 16th, 2020, 7:37 am

It’s nice living ocean adjacent. I miss food in NOLA. If not for all our animals we’d take a drive.
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#7 Post by Sean S y d n e y » October 16th, 2020, 7:39 am

While just the thought of a beautiful evening with friends seems almost subversively appealing at this point, probably something like this (with the limitations of my rather meagre cellar):

- A dozen oysters (per person, natch) with Egly-Ouriet Tradition
- French onion soup w/ 2017 Ramonet Clos de la Boudriotte Rouge
- Some seared strip steaks avec sauce béarnaise, 2005 Rauzan-Ségla
- Cheese and a simple but delicious carrot cake with 2016 Château Coutet (it's the only dessert wine I currently own, so my choices are rather limited!)

This was a nice daydream and a great idea for a thread.
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#8 Post by Paul McCourt » October 16th, 2020, 7:44 am

Not answering the question, as it is not at home, but the meal I’m dreaming of is some omakase. And some champagne or Riesling.
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#9 Post by Jay Miller » October 16th, 2020, 8:15 am

This was fun. Limiting myself to wines on hand

Gougeres, 2012 Roederer "Starck"

Arugula salad with berries and sauteed foie gras, raspberry vinaigrette, 2001 Muller Catoir HB Riesling Spatlese 2133

Prime Rib, Roasted Cauliflower, 1984 Laurel Glen Cabernet

Assorted Cheese, 1996 Huet Le Mont Moelleux
Golden Syrup Cookies

I am so looking forward to eating with people in person again.
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#10 Post by Chris Blum » October 16th, 2020, 8:19 am

Friends gathered around a big pot of steamed Moules a la Normande... some Belgian beers and Normandy ciders, crusty bread with grill marks. That could be supper in and of itself, but let’s say we make it a starter for

Reverse seared salt rubbed Flannery Jorge (or three) duck fat roasted potatoes, caramelized Brussel sprouts, homemade dark wholewheat honey bread with Hope Creamery butter. Served w crowd-pleasing 2006 Pax Syrah and a magnum of rose’ champagne.

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#11 Post by Glen Gold » October 16th, 2020, 9:21 am

I've been planning this in my head. Last minute, but inspired appetizers that magically go with white burg as well as french fries do, then Holy Grail ribeyes, mashed potatoes (Sara makes them with greek yogurt and dill), fried kale, maitake mushrooms and creamed spinach. Peanut Butter pie for dessert.

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Then out comes the Absinthe. There's little I love better at a party than setting sugar cubes on fire.
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#12 Post by Victor Hong » October 16th, 2020, 11:32 am

Dinner with our moms at Gramercy Tavern.

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#13 Post by Curtis Chen » October 16th, 2020, 11:13 pm

Glen Gold wrote:
October 16th, 2020, 9:21 am
Then out comes the Absinthe. There's little I love better at a party than setting sugar cubes on fire.
This wins.
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#14 Post by Howard Cooper » October 17th, 2020, 4:35 am

One thing I have missed a lot is the monthly wine dinners with my Burgundy group. I cannot wait until we can start getting together again. I will go to wherever and eat whatever. I just want us to be able to get together. That is what I have been dreaming about. Getting together again with my friends.

As to the wine theme. Well, it definitely will be grand cru reds. Could be general, could be specific to a villages, but very well could be Jacky Truchot. [I have traditionally organized the tastings so Truchot may very well be the theme.] With Champagne. Lots of Champagne. And, maybe, a flight of JJ Prum Auslesen? Or Zilliken Auslesen?
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#15 Post by Alex Valdes » October 17th, 2020, 4:47 am

Howard Cooper wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 4:35 am
One thing I have missed a lot is the monthly wine dinners with my Burgundy group. I cannot wait until we can start getting together again. I will go to wherever and eat whatever. I just want us to be able to get together. That is what I have been dreaming about. Getting together again with my friends.
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#16 Post by Scott Brunson » October 17th, 2020, 4:55 am

Right before ‘Rona hit I hosted our blind tasting group and provided all the wines—Seven Red wines, 6 similarly styled blend and 1 single variety. I also cooked.

Right after the ‘Rona I am doing 7 White wines, 6 of the same single variety and 1 blend.
Blue crab bread pudding
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#17 Post by Dennis Atick » October 17th, 2020, 5:16 am

Alex Valdes wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 4:47 am
Howard Cooper wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 4:35 am
One thing I have missed a lot is the monthly wine dinners with my Burgundy group. I cannot wait until we can start getting together again. I will go to wherever and eat whatever. I just want us to be able to get together. That is what I have been dreaming about. Getting together again with my friends.
This is how I feel, especially heading to one of my favorite spots to see the wine service team
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#18 Post by Peter Hirsch » October 17th, 2020, 5:54 am

Las Vegas. Staying at a great hotel. Going to a great/noisy restaurant. Then hitting a fun bar. Then a big show (music, magic, other). I want that again.

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#19 Post by J a y H a c k » October 17th, 2020, 6:29 am

Appetizer: Home made citrus and salt cured gravlax on very thin crusty baguette sliced horizontal with assorted voluntary add-ons including caviar, chopped egg and creme fraiche (with 2006 Pol Roger Churchill).

Soup: Either Tuscan vegetable soup with black Kale and white beans (with Rhone varietal white) or Chinese-style Special seafood soup with shrimp, lobster and cod/haddock (with Aubert Reuling Chardonnay and Raveneau Blanchot Chablis).

Entree: Slow roast "Prime" prime rib, rubbed with a puree of garlic, Tellicherry pepper and fresh rosemary, with the same aromatics, in whole form, slid inside between the fat and the meat, roasted in the BGE over a blend of Westchester oak, apple wood and a bit of hickory (with 2010 MacDonald; 2007 Colgin IX and 2007 Scarecrow).

Sides: Creamed spinach made my way (a little fresh garlic, a little finely chopped onion, real cream and some fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano)
Duck fat fried julienne potatoes
Garlic bread made with a fresh sourdough baguette

Desert: Cheese plate with assorted cow, goat and sheep cheeses, all removed from refrigerator one day in advance (with 1908 D'Oliveras Boal Madeira)

NOTE: Menu designed for very little last minute work so I can sit and enjoy the food and wine and company. I have all the wines already except for the Raveneau, but I think that would go well with the soup
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#20 Post by J a y H a c k » October 17th, 2020, 6:37 am

I just read Kevin Shin's notes here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=173976

I may have to switch to the 2012 MacDonald. AND his note on the 2013 Aubert CIX looks inviting.
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#21 Post by Nola Palomar » October 17th, 2020, 6:47 am

Berserkerfest Offline centered with a huge Spanish feast including a grand paella in the center. Reminiscent of the Offline in Chicago years ago at Mel Hill's house!!

All the above sound amazing!!
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#22 Post by Robert Pollard-Smith » October 17th, 2020, 7:37 am

Alex Valdes wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 4:47 am
Howard Cooper wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 4:35 am
One thing I have missed a lot is the monthly wine dinners with my Burgundy group. I cannot wait until we can start getting together again. I will go to wherever and eat whatever. I just want us to be able to get together. That is what I have been dreaming about. Getting together again with my friends.
This is how I feel, especially heading to one of my favorite spots to see the wine service team
My first thought, our usual crew, with actual faces, and wine that doesn’t suck, and food that isn’t spoiled.
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#23 Post by Robert Pollard-Smith » October 17th, 2020, 7:38 am

Nola Palomar wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 6:47 am
Berserkerfest Offline centered with a huge Spanish feast including a grand paella in the center. Reminiscent of the Offline in Chicago years ago at Mel Hill's house!!

All the above sound amazing!!
That would be grand, indeed, Nola!
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#24 Post by Corey N. » October 17th, 2020, 7:55 am

Robert Pollard-Smith wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 7:37 am
My first thought, our usual crew, with actual faces, and wine that doesn’t suck, and food that isn’t spoiled.
So, no David then?
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