I have been to two Wine Pairings through Seasonal Creations and both were delicious. I will say right off the bat that I loved the first one more only in that the dishes they created for that pairing included some of my favorite foods. The second Wine Pairing was more relaxed and fun because they teamed up with someone else and were not tied to another person running the show. I found that I did not enjoy this food as much only in that I do not like pork chops, one of the main dishes, and also I don’t like one of the fish dishes they made. This had nothing to do with the preparation, as both were delicious and my parents, who joined me, loved both of them, it was more my own personal taste. So for this blog I am going to focus more on the first pairing since that experience was a culinary delight.
For the first course Monica of Seasonal Creations prepared seared scallops with coriander infused coconut risotto, jicama, mango and cilantro. This was delectable and I am not even a big scallop fan. The risotto was done perfectly, as well as the scallops. The combination of flavors fit together so well and I loved the island feel to this dish. The second course was a roasted pork tenderloin with a sage demi glace, served with pear and a brussels sprout and blue cheese gratin. This was also cooked to perfection and once again I am not a big fan of brussels sprouts or blue cheese, but this won me over. I loved the flavor of it and it was cooked just right. The blue cheese gratin helped disguise the flavor of the brussels sprouts, which is perfect for someone like me. For the third course we were served braised short rib alongside watercress, baby carrots and white truffle gnocchi. This was probably my favorite dish of the night. I love short ribs and these were melt in your mouth delicious. The marinade or sauce, not sure the proper term, was so good and perfectly sweet. I am also a huge gnocchi fan and these were done just right. They were fluffy and not too dry, which can be hard when making gnocchi. My Italian mother agreed that these were perfect. For the fourth course we had an almond brown butter cake, which was delicious.
This was my first time trying Monica’s food and I was thoroughly impressed. I cannot wait to try her food again and hopefully I can take some cooking lessons from her in the future. She is an up and coming chef who I believe is going to go far in this business!! I hope that anyone who knows her will be tempted to come to the next event she has and try her food for themselves.