I was recently invited to attend a "game day party," and though the sport of football doesn't hold my attention nearly as well as the culinary delights that surround it, it reminded me of the many superb bowls and professional level dishes, so I accepted with gusto! The following are my musings and impressions of the sumptuous courses that were laid before me during the game!
For the first course, I was treated to some delightfully tantalizing hors d'oeurves. My palate primed for the bountiful harvest of fingerlings, russets, and new potatoes, thinly sliced and dusted delicately with, if I'm guessing on taste alone, was the finest quality sea salt. Perfectly supporting this wonderful stand alone Amuse Bouche was a crème fraiche reduction. Since my host referred to this culinary marvel as "Tater Chips and French Onion Dip" I assume the accompanying flavor, which I'd assumed to be leeks or shallots, was actually onions from the Provence region.
The course was served with a crisp, stimulating compliment of an Affordable Domestic Light Beer that served to engage the appetite and awaken the senses!
Following on the heels of such heady fare as the previously mentioned "Tater Chips" would be a tall order for any dish- but I'm pleased to say that the rustic three bean salad that awaited your humble reviewer more than lived up to the task! This offering from the winter's bountiful legume harvest was truly a feast for all senses! The colorful palate of the Pinto, Kidney, and Canned Green varieties of bean dazzled the eyes while their earthy, grounded flavors danced lightly on the tongue with the playfully acidic vinaigrette. Once consumed, the stomach and the intestinal tract collaborate on a symphonic audible accompaniment provided a musical accompaniment that alerted the ears and, finally, alighted once again upon the palate now in an aromatic form. From all possible standpoints this "Root and Toot Bean Blast" lived up to and exceeded my expectations.
The natural internal vaporous sensations were once more heightened and reinforced by the effervescent carbonation of the pairing for this course-an Affordable Domestic Light Beer!
As a passionate lover of Antipasti in all circumstances- I was thrilled to see that it would be the centerpieces of our capable chef's next offering. Simply known as "The Super Six Footer" this generous helping was indeed served "submarine-style" and contained (to the best of my culinary reckoning) capicola, prosciutto, salami, pancetta, and pepperoncini arrayed along a nourishing bakery fresh old world baguette. The playful, surprising, and unbridled of application of extra virgin olive oil and white wine vinegar created a diverse, unpredictable array of saturation levels always keeping me engaged and guessing as to whether the next bite would be "secco" (or dry) , or would be munificently favored with the dressing, creating a decadent saturated bread pudding- truly an adventure with every bite!
Fare this hearty requires a strong partner to bolster and support it- and what better companion than the Affordable Domestic Light Beer my host chose to pair with this course!
Finally- it was time for the main course! The virtuoso presentation that all previous dishes had lead up to! Could any mere nourishment hope to gain notoriety in the shadow of the titans of taste we had already experienced? As it turned out- it not only stepped up to the task, it (if you'll forgive the pun) took flight! Yes the "Butt Burner Buffalo Bucket" with which we concluded our meal featured a succulent assortment of white and dark meat from the world-renowned hens of Northern New York coated in a devilishly spiced demi-glaze that perfectly balanced subtle sweetness with building heat! Served with a rustic vegetable crudité and the cheese monger's finest Fromage Bleu it was truly a work of gastronomic genius.
Through a combination of the formidable heat of the recent course, and the potent nature of my previous drink pairings- I had begun to perspire and thought it best that pair this course with a simple glass of crystal clear artisanal well water which my host conveniently had on tap. However after setting my cup down, and picking another back up-,I found that through a combination of quite potent intoxication and slightly scorched taste buds I was unable to realize I had in fact drank a fellow diner's Affordable Domestic Light Beer instead!
Though quite sated with the many delectable courses and complex drink pairings I'd enjoyed through the evening I could not rest such an enchanting, playful take on dessert as the serving of Cotton Candy that awaited me as I took my seat on the couch. I was filled with a child-like wonder at my host's ability to reimagine such a underutilized menu item with a zesty, fascinatingly textured take. It set my culinary centers ablaze with a prickling, tingling inflammation of the senses! After enquiring to the name of the dish, my host informed me that it was known as "Fiberglass Insulation." Apparently the inebriating effects of my many previous drink pairings made me oblivious to the fact that I was eating this "dessert" from a hole in the sheetrock next to my seat, but as they say- some times genius is birthed through happy accidents!
As an après dinner digestif I chose a final pairing of Affordable Domestic Light Beer for its soothing effects on my stomach in advance of an après cuisine ride to the ER.
Though a bit pricey (especially upon factoring in the medical bills that follow eating a half pound of fiberglass) I would still rate this five-course feast as one of the best I've ever had! DSO as you gear up for the big game, and the even bigger culinary delights that accompany it- to you I say Bon Appetite!