Saturday, June 30, 2007

June 30, 2006 Dinner

I was recently tidying up my hard drive and found a menu that we prepared for a dinner exactly one year ago today.

It was our first dinner party as a married couple, when we were still living in Washington Heights.

The initial goal was to cook a meal that would go well with a Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Jen Shim had been wanting us to try this wine, and so the deal was that she would supply a nice example of one and we would supply the food.

I decided to make an old Julia Child chicken dish as the main course. But then we started adding courses here and there until we had a full menu. At that point we figured that since much of it was French--the wine, a few of the courses--we might as well arrange the courses in the traditional French manner, what with the salad after the main course and so on. Just for fun.

Since we were going to make all of this food, we thought to invite a few more people. And so it turned into our first dinner party.

Dinner at the Chungs'
June 30, 2006

Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, Mionetto


Hors d’Oeuvres
Hummus with Baba Ganoush, served with Crudités: Endive, Celery, Orange Bell Pepper, Blanched asparagus, and Medium Carrots with Green Tops


Main Course
Fricassée de Poulet à l’Ancienne with Buttered Egg Noodles and Fresh Green Peas

Wine pairings
Tardieu-Laurent, Cuvee Speciale 2003, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Chateau Franc-Mayne 2001, Saint-Emilion

Hearts of Romaine with Balsamic Vinagrette

Cheese Course
Pyrenees Ossau Vielle
Hard sheep’s milk cheese.

Selles sur Cher
Ash-covered disc of goat’s milk cheese.

Brillat Savarin, Affinage (Murray's Cheese)
A soft, salty, and creamy cow’s milk cheese.

Homemade Lime Ice Cream

Fresh Strawberries

Chocolate, 68% Ivory Coast Cacao
Caro, Aragon, Spain

Wine pairing
Villa Schinosa 2003, Moscato di Trani

Sumatra, French Roast

Laphroaig, 15 year

Mabel Chung
David Chung

Jason Baek
Keith Chu
Nicole Cuenot
Christine Hung
Jennifer Shim

We didn't get a picture of everyone during the dinner, but we have one of the aftermath.

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