With new trendy restaurants constantly emerging, fitting in the classics can be a struggle. However, the places that literally made New Orleans into the food city it is, cannot be ignored. That’s why we’ve made it a point to start mixing some of the most legendary dining establishments into our check list as of late. The elegant dress codes, white linen topped tables, and old southern charm, truly make you feel like you’ve stepped back into a grander time.
We attended the first in a 2017 wine dinner series last week at Galatoire’s Restaurant, La Grande Sélection de Galatoire’s. It’s no wonder this has been the place to see and be seen since 1905.
We were greeted by some of their most quintessential hors d’oeuvres such as crab beignets with spicy remoulade, escargot with herbsaint cream sauce, and lots of bubbly 😉
Then, we were seated in the main dining room for 5 courses paired perfectly with wines carefully selected by their sommelier.
Course 1 featured poached Louisiana Gulf oysters with a tropical buerre blanc sauce served in brioche. It was paired with a 2011 Chassagne-Montrachet “Les Embrazées,” Vincent et Sophie Morey.
Course 2, a foie mousse crêpe, was both sweet and savory topped with cinnamon infused apricots and roasted pistachios, and served with a 2011 Beaune Grèves “Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus,” Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils.
Course 3 was perhaps our favorite: a tempura fried pork rillet with bacon wrapped haricot verts, and blue cheese dressing. This dish was served with a 2005 Vosne-Romanée “Les Chaumes,” Domaine Jean Tardy et Fils.
Course 4 featured a dry aged 44 farms tenderloin topped with a glazed carrot purée, plump golden raisins, and a horseradish cream. It was served with a 2010 Le Marquis de Calon Ségur (Château Calon Ségur 2nd Label), Saint-Estèphe.
We never thought cheese could be considered dessert, but course 5 proved us wrong. We ate every bite of the seared Manchego cheese topped with smoked blueberries and chocolate nibs. The final course was served with a 2001 Château Monbosquet, Saint-Émilion.
Our motto about wine has always been that we will drink any. We learned so much about the difference the right wine pairing can make with a certain dish at this dinner, and left feeling a tad classier!
If you haven’t been to Galatoire’s, their 2017 wine dinner series is the perfect time to visit to get an adequate sampling of their French Creole menu, and get sufficiently tipsy while doing it 😉
There will be 3 more dinners in their 2017 series: Flowers and Quintessa on July 26th, Vins de Bourgogne (fine classics from Burgundy) on August 30th, and Alpha Omega Winery on September 27th.
Hope we didn’t make you too hungry babes!