Bon appetit: Tailem Bend Food and Wine Club savours French cuisine
Members have enjoyed a five-course dinner at the Swanport Hotel.
This post was contributed by Tina Squires.
Tailem Bend Food and Wine Club winter dinner has transformed the Swanport Hotel’s dining room for a night.
The attention to detail in creating an atmosphere that transported you to another place, using French provincial décor, was a credit to the coordinator for the evening.
The ladies, dressed once again in their finery, shone against their handsome gentlemen.
Starters: Canapes; a choice of lightly toasted Turkish bread smoked salmon or steak tartare adorned with wasabi and aioli, paired with the Lane Vineyard Lois sparkling blanc de blancs.
Entrée: Duck breast salad; sautéed green beans, cherry tomatoes, Spanish onions, orange segments and rocket topped with oven roasted duck slices, paired with the Lane Vineyard 2019 sauvignon blanc.
Main: Petite fillet mignon; a 100-gram grass-fed eye fillet steak, wrapped in bacon, with hasselback potatoes and a three-coloured display of heritage carrots, accompanied by an alternate drop of mushroom sauce or red wine jus, paired with a Hahndorf Hill 2017 shiraz.
Dessert: Fresh lime tart with lime coulis drizzle, accompanied with cream fraiche, paired with a Di Giorgio Family 2018 Lucindale botrytis semillon.
Finish: Charcuterie board; a selection of cheeses, biscuits, dried fruit and chocolate buttons, paired with a choice of Martell VS single-distillery cognac or Grant Burge tawny.
Each dinner course was created by the talented chef Ashley.
Wine was poured by Terry and Jamie.
The secret spot wine was won by Angela Thorley.
Raffle wines were won by Roy Arnold, Ivan Woods, Tammi Schubert, Delrae Thomas, Lyn Boyes, Jim Conradi and Trevor Mundy.
The dinner was gratefully received by the 35 guests who overwhelmingly agreed it was the best dinner of food, wine and atmosphere they had had in a long time.
The club thanked Terry, Brad, Ashley, Jaime and the dedicated team behind them.
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