Saturday, May 10, 2014

Raglan Road Culinary Demo & Wine Luncheon

I was fortunate enough to attend Chef Kevin Dundon's Culinary Demo and Wine Luncheon at Raglan Road in March.  As always, he focused on the FRESHEST ingredients with his "farm to table" approach.  This particular lunch was inspired by one of his books, Modern Irish Food.  The book and DVD are available on Amazon HERE and at Raglan Road Restaurant at Downtown Disney and the Raglan Road website.

When I spoke with Chef Kevin, he said he really wants to change the reputation of Irish food as heavy and "gloopy" and show how it can be light and fresh and flavorful.  Once again, he succeeded in that goal.
The delightful thing about the luncheon was that in between each course, Chef Kevin gave a demonstration on how each dish was prepared.  He has a glowing personality that stands out when he shares his love of good food.  You can now see exactly what I mean by checking out his cooking show on PBS.  Check your local network listings for times.  

In addition to the brilliant creations by Chef Kevin, a delicious wine pairing was served with each course.  Amy Medintz was there to provide detailed descriptions of each wine as it was served.  She has been outstanding with the wine selections at each dining event that I have attended at Raglan Road.  She was kind enough to provide notes for each wine in the description below.


Espresso of Courgette and Almond Soup

Domaine Chandon, Brut, Napa
Amy: "Moet & Chandon of Epernay, France started this winery in Napa in the 1960's.  This marks Champagne's very first venture in the Napa Valley.  The NV Brut is beautifully balanced with a hint of citrus and lemon and nice round back bone of clean, ripe fruits."

 Homemade Potato Gnocchi with Seared Scallops and Crispy Pork Belly

Voceret, Estate Bottled, Chablis, France
Amy: "Vocoret is 100% family owned and operated.  Wonderful expression of Chardonnay from the Chablis region of Burgundy.  Nice amounts of acidity along with hints of green apples and non-tropical fruit characteristics."
I have to point out that as an Italian girl, I am very well-versed in homemade gnocchi.  These were absolutely DELICIOUS! Light, fluffy, delicate and melt in your mouth.  The church-ladies back in my hometown would be impressed!

Pulled Corned Beef and Cabbage Infused with an Asian Broth

Chalone Estate, Pinot Noir, Chalone, California
Amy:"Chalone Estate Pinot Noir is a true expression of Central California Pinot Noir.  The Pinot Noir is grown in limestone soils from an ancient volcano.  The wine is soft, easy to drink, mild tannins and a ripe, rich bright cherry and plum characteristics akin to Pinot Noir with just a hint of the terrior from whence it comes."

Upside-Down Steamed Orange Pudding with Caramelized Clotted Creme

Inniskillin, Ice Wine, Canada
Amy via Sara Brewer*:"Considered by many as the nectar of the gods, this wine is billowing with ripe peach and apricots on the nose.  Combine those with delicious overtones of marmalade and candied brown sugar."
We were told that this dessert should be on the menu at Raglan Road very soon!

Thank you to Amy Medintz, Reserve Portfolio Manager for Coastal Wine & Spirits of Florida/Southernwine for the wine selection and education.
To see my interview with Chef Kevin please see on May 14, 2014. 

*Sara Brewer, Director of Luxury Wines, Constellation, Florida.

Raglan Road Restaurant: CLICK HERE (You may find my pic in the Rogues Gallery.)
Chef Kevin's Modern Irish Food PBS Show: CLICK HERE.
Chef Kevin's Cookware: CLICK HERE or HERE.

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