Mel and I are totally pleased with the outcome of our first wine dinner, Vive La France. Mel especially was pleased to see that our guests understood the correlation between French cuisine and his culinary past. He was able to share stories and experiences that inspire his food to this day. For this nod to French food and wine, we enjoyed salt cured Foie Gras, strawberry soup, with FSE brioche. It was melt in your mouth goodness. Second course was the braised Burgundy snails, gnocchi, mushroom, tomato, and basil, perfectly rich and aromatic. Next, we enjoyed a pan roasted monk fish, artichoke, peas, and bacon. Monkfish is one of the ugliest fish I have ever seen, but it sure is good on my fork! The star of the evening was the Lamb Duo: lamb saddle and belly, rosemary polenta squares, and sweet and sour eggplant. I ate a bite in the back kitchen and found myself licking the juices off my hand that dripped off this succulent piece of meat. Quite possibly to die for. The meal was finished with a Canele’ de Bordeaux, Earl Grey chocolate mousse, and banana brule’. I overheard one of the guests compare this to sex. Um ok;). All in all, I think everyone enjoyed. Don’t worry if you missed this one. We plan to have more events like this one, exploring different themes and drink. Mel, Rich, and I , would all like to thank all of you who attended and helped create a special night, and new memories.