Wine and tapas wrap up Home Cooking series

Rotary Home Cooking logoThe final “2015-16 Rotary Home Cooking” series of member-hosted dinners wrapped up on Saturday evening. The theme was “An International Wine & Tapas Tasting,” proceeds from which went to the club treasury to support our various service projects.

Bill and April Dowd hosted the evening at their Troy residence, attended by Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Debbie Rodriguez, Pat Bailey, Murray Forth and Maggie Forth.

The menu, and some images from the dinner, courtesy of April, Roberto, and Bill:


Hors d’oeuvres
— Ducktrap Farms (Maine) smoked salmon with cream cheese and caper shmear, red onion confetti, on melba rounds
— Assorted Upstate New York and English cheeses with various crackers
— Santa Margherita NV Prosecco (Italy)

2nd Course
— Cream of Mexican leek, Canadian potato, and Troy chive demitasse
— Spanish picadillo-filled tortilla rolls
— 2002 Valckenberg Gewurtztraminer (Germany)

3rd Course
— Backfin crab silver dollars with Cajun remoulade, arugula tossed with Dijon balsamic vinaigrette
— 2012 Laurent Gerard Sancerre ( France)

4th Course
— Sliced Black Angus sirloin with herbed compound butter
— Twice-baked mini red potatoes
— Diced Canadian heirloom tomatoes in herbed Meyer Lemon olive oil vinaigrette
— 2014 Adirondack Winery Premium Meritage (New York State)

5th Course
— Moroccan Spice Cake with whipped cream
— Lustau Capataz Andres NV Deluxe Cream Sherry (Spain)


 

The two parts of a tasting dinner.
The two parts of a tasting dinner — the cooking and the sampling.
The kitchen staff at work.
Bill and April, the kitchen staff at work.
Party 1
Jim Leyhane and Roberto Martinez, center, digging in to the first sampling …
Plating a crabcake and arugula salad tasing.
… a remoulade-dotted crabcake with baby arugula salad.
The wine lineup accompanying the foods.
The wine lineup accompanying the foods (details on the menu above).
Debbie Rodriguez and Pat Bailey chat at the table.
Debbie Rodriguez and Pat Bailey, co-hosts of an earlier dinner in the series.
Maggie and Murray Forth, who also hosted an earlier dinner in the series.
Maggie and Murray Forth, who also hosted an earlier dinner.
A group grin to end the evening.
A group grin to end the evening.

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