Saturday, October 07, 2006

An Anniversary Celebration-Chef Jason Tepper of LA MICHE makes it great

I know you folks have not drooled for a while as we've been so busy with all the Jewish holidays (eating, then fasting) and running around with the beginning of the theater season as well. A week ago we celebrated our anniversary at the home of our dearest friends Mel & Juan who also celebrate their 31st Anniversary this month! We purchased together (at a charity event last year) the opportunity for Chef JASON TEPPER of LA MICHE in Bethesda to cook a meal in our home along with the excellent wine pairings of Ricky Bellman from PAUL's LIQUORS. It was a truly memorable evening and the food was simply superb! We all gathered and sipped PASCAL DOUQUET PREMIER CRU ROSE CHAMPAGNE and munched on FOIE GRAS CANAPES, SHRIMP CANAPES and the most exquisite BABY NEW ZEALAND LAMBSICLES!

At the elegantly set table we first sipped VIN d'ALSACE CUVEE EMILE RESERVE PINOT GRIS along with a truly excellent creamy PUMPKIN LOBSTER BISQUE each served in a miniature pumpkin that was simply adorable. It was one of the best Lobster Bisques I have had in years!

The fish was an ALASKAN HALIBUT with ARTICHOKES, CRABMEAT, CAPER LEMON BUTTER SAUCE and was served with two superb wines: an EDMOND ALPHONSE MELLOT SANCERRE that I thought was perfect with the fish, and a bigger REX HILLS DUNDEE HILLS PINOT NOIR from Oregon that we tended to enjoy between courses and again with the meat entree.

The meat entree was a tour de force VEAL CHOP stuffed with SWISS CHARD, MISSION FIGS, FETA CHEESE & PINE NUTS. Need I say more? This dish is a variation of one on the menu at La Miche, so you too can enjoy these dishes in house in Bethesda! It was served with a SAINT AUBIN PREMIER CRU, but many of us opted to drink the excellent Pinot Noir and then continue with the Saint Aubin afterwards.

Dessert was PEACH MELBA CAKE with VANILLA ICE CREAM served with a yummy TWO HANDS BRILLIANT DISQUISE MOSCATO......we went home very full and must thank everyone involved for a superb evening of true friendship and great dining!