This past Wednesday, hubs (T) and I joined our friends for another memorable wine dinner (missed out on our last dinner - read about it here.) This week's theme - truly progressive dinner, vegetarian style. T and I arrived early to have a few wine tastings before the dinner began (once again, love how you can try anything without purchasing a whole glass if you don't want to!) and instantly our stomach's began to growl as we watched the 6:00 seating wrap up. When you make your reservation (yes, I say when because I expect you to, you don't want to miss this!) you can either reserve space at 6:00 or 8:00. Our friends then arrived, and we grabbed our seat (there are no bad seats in this arrangement!)
We began our evening with the aperitif - a white gazpacho mary. I'm not normally a fan of bloody mary's (it's the pepper, don't ask) but this gazpacho was nothing like your normal mary. Made from grapes, apples, horseradish and cream to name a few, it was full of so many tastes! Heavy but light - creamy but fruity - tart but spicy - the spectrum was all over the place. You take a sip and think, "Interesting," and then you continue to sip some more. The many flavors had you guessing "What is that?" Who would have ever thought - gazpacho in glass, without the bread and beans!
DigINdiana, which is a festival of local Indiana foods. Am I happy to have seen and tasted this dish! I don't know if I'll ever have a tamale with perfect texture as this, paired so well with roasted peppers and the sweet tomato cream sauce. Everything about this dish was amazing - I wanted a full plate immediately. I thought hubs (well, me too) were going to lick the plate it was so divine. Mark your calendars, cause you too can try this luscious dish at DigIndiana (if you can't make it, follow me on twitter to get updates throughout the event!)
The wine to compliment the mushroom dish was the best of the evening. A deep red from Spain, Juan Gil Monastrell stood up to the flavors of the dish. The fruit flavor balanced with oak undertones and lasted long on your palate with a smooth finish. It was amazing - you had to keep alternating sip with bite to get the full experience.
Carmel's Farmer's Market is fantastic - I recommend!) I bought some Scholar's Inn bread and local vanilla and fig jam from Circle City Sweets in preparation for some goat cheese...really, the combo is so phenomenal due to the simplicity of the fantastic flavors.
Hats off to these gentlemen for a phenomenal evening - looking forward to next week and the many more Wednesday's to come!