Cheese Tuesday at L'Espalier - Cheese and Champagne
Gotta love L'Espalier, and this time I was able to introduce someone new to the awesomeness that is Cheese Tuesday!
I met Shantel at the awesome Boston Foodie Tour on Sunday, and as we talked, we realized we both are very passionate about food. So it seemed right to hang out again and eat excellent food while having good conversation. We ordered a couple Aviations and soon the bread and butter was served.
Shortly after, we were on to the first course: Boston bibb lettuce with warm blue cheese, crispy shallots, endive, and balsamic vinaigrette. This was served with Louis de Grenelle Saumer Corail Brut Rosé, which was a sorely needed taste of spring after this long winter.
Lemon sole with plankton, fennel fondre, crispy nori, and maître gaspard. It was paired with 2008 Bailly Lapierre "Vive la Joie" Cremont de Borgogne.
My favorite course of the evening was the grilled sirloin with roasted French white asparagus, Burgundy escargot, pommes purée, and button mushroom jus. It was served with the first true champagne of the evening, Canard Duchene.
The Grand Fromage was up next, and was paired well with the next champagne, Laurent-Perrier Demi-Sec.
Rocchetta was up first, a mixed milk cheese from Piedmont, Italy. It was followed by Delice de Bourgogne, a mix of cow's milk and cream from Burgundy, France. This was one of the best cheeses when paired with the champagne, though I also really enjoyed the next cheese: Douceur du Jura, a cow's milk cheese from Jura, France.
Cacio di Bosco, a sheep's milk and truffle cheese from Tuscany, Italy, was up next, followed by the delicious Winnimere, a cow's milk cheese from Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, Vermont. Then we were on to Crottin de Champcol, a goat's milk cheese from the Loire Valley in France.
We finished off the cheese plate with Hubaner, a cow's milk cheese from Austria. Somehow, we still had a bit of room, so we split a poached pear with ladyfingers and apple lambic sorbet. Shantel ordered the George Howell "Terroir" coffee, which was pretty tasty, although I'm not a big coffee drinker. Definitely a good time. :)