L'Espalier's Cheese Tuesday - Spring Brook Farm
Last night I had a fabulous dinner at L'Espalier; it was their monthly Cheese Tuesday dinner, and this month, the theme was Award Winning cheese from Spring Brook Farm.
The first course arrived quickly, looking perfectly like springtime: a salad of spring lettuces with beets and strawberry, sorrel ice cream, goat cheese, and Balsam fir. It was paired with 2014 Pazo Señorans from Albariño, which went very well with the goat cheese.
After a bit, the bread arrived, and I ordered a tasty Southern Earl Grey, a mix of Earl Grey infused bourbon, Grand Marnier, green tea and ginger syrup, orange bitters, and champagne.
The second course was ridiculously good: King Salmon with a lobster-uni emulsion, charred sweet potato, and ramps, paired with 2013 Dutton-Goldfield Chardonnay from Dutton Ranch. The sweet potatoes were so delicious that I wish I had somehow had leftovers to enjoy again tonight!
Roasted prime beef sirloin, fingerling potatoes, foraged mushrooms, and anchovy purée created the third course, titled "another soupe a l'oignon". This was paired well with 2011 Tolaini 'Valdisanti' from Toscana.
And then we were on to the cheese plate! Paired with 2014 Domaine Barou 'Cuvée des Vernes' Syrah, all of the cheeses were from Spring Brook Farm.
The owners of Spring Brook Farm came to L'Espalier to teach us all a bit about how they came to make such wonderful cheese. While they did so, we were all able to sample several of their award winning cheeses. First, we tried Reading, and then it was on to Ashbrook.
After those two tasty cheeses, we were headed into Tarentaise territory, first with the original, and then with the aged version, Tarentaise Reserve. I definitely preferred the aged version of the cheese, but both were very good. Finally, it was time for the performance, a wonderful Prince tribute titled 'Stinky Cheese'. Cheese Tuesday is always a fun, fabulous night!