This isn’t going to be one of my typical reviews. Instead, I’m just going to share the menu, a picture gallery and a few thoughts.
I loved the “round-robin” style of this dinner. You never sat at the same table in the same room with the same people. Which meant you were only stuck with someone for a course and then you could move on. Not that any of the tables we were at made us feel as though we wanted to move on… though we could have stayed at the soup course table all night – you wonderful people know who you are… and the dessert table was a riot. I can see why people come back year after year, and even travel in from out of town locations to attend.
I won’t say more, because as someone who hosts parties, I’d hate if someone gave away all the surprises up front. But let’s just say that I aspire to this level of party in the future.
- Hors d’Oeuves (passed) and 2018 Reminiscence Sparkling Blanc de Noirs
- Lobster Bisque with Chive Oil and Parmesan Fleuron – Paired with 2019 Lonesome Dove Viognier
- Strawberry and Sheep Feta Salad with Chipotle Candied Bacon Roses and Smoked Paprika Emulsion – Paired with 2020 Percy’s Rosé of Cabernet
- Lemon Sorbet with Rosemary Syrup
- A Marriage of Beef Tenderloin with Chimichurri Chilean Seabass, Truffle Butter Wild Mushroom Risotto and Citrus Broccolini – Paired with 2015 Big Red Cabernet Sauvignon
- Drambuie Chocolate Torte with Chantilly Cream, Candied Oranges, and Vanilla Bean Shortbread – Paired with 2005 Big Red Dessert Wine
The food was amazing. The wine was good – and I loved the Big Red Cabernet – and I’m not usually a fan of cabs. The people we met were great and the hosts of this event were charming. I apologize for the pictures, I was still trying to be a Southern Belle, so I made my husband take pictures. You can find out more about events hosted by Lone Star Wine Cellars here (link). I’d highly encourage you to join the wine club or just visit them in downtown McKinney. And maybe I’ll see you at this event next year…