Dinner For Six

We started a tradition in our house of having a few of our closest friends over every spring for a several course meal with wine pairings. My husband loves to cook and I love to bake/entertain so we always enjoy putting these things together….and of course, we both love wine so it’s a great excuse to drink copious amounts of it!!

This year, we did 5 courses. We asked both couples to bring an appetizer and a bottle of wine to pair with their dish (it’s too much work to do it on our own)!

The evening was a smashing success. It started with a crisp glass of champagne and ended with a rowdy game of Telephone Pictionary. If you’ve never heard of or played this game before, I highly recommend it. You will get a great ab workout from all the laughing! Somewhere in between all of this, the six of us belted out “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida.  I know what you are thinking and yes, we are that cool!

Let me set the scene first. Here’s what the table looked like:

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And without further ado, here’s each course with its wine pairing (if you are interested in any of the dishes, I’ve put some links at the bottom of this post):

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Blue Corn Chips
Paired with Moët & Chandon Champagne

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Lettuce Wraps
Paired with 2012 New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from Cloudy Bay

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Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Blue Cheese and Chives
Paired with 2010 French Chablis from Vielles Vignes

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Short Ribs with celery root puree and carrots
Paired with 2009 Châteauneuf du Pape by Roger Sabon

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Salted Caramel 4 Layer Chocolate Cake
Paired with a 2005 Riesling by Mission Hill


And just so that you don’t all think I am too much of a pretentious douche, this is how I pronounce Châteauneuf du Pape.

A special shout out goes to my mama who made 90% of the cake so that I could get other things ready! Thanks mom!!

Recipes Links

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Daniel Boulud Short Ribs

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake  (To make it gluten-free, I swapped out the cake recipe for this one)

Thanks all for reading!

2 comments on “Dinner For Six

  1. Kevin K. says:

    This was a bloody fantastic evening. I cannot wait for the summer version a’ la’ Kurtz 80’s patio style….. BOOM!

  2. […] pairing evening with some of our closest friends. In fact, I blogged about one such night back in this post. My husband and I take care of the main courses and dessert (along with wine pairings) and the […]

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