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Megans Cookin: Old World, New Life. A Wine Pairing Dinner

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Old World, New Life. A Wine Pairing Dinner

We had a family celebration this last weekend at Lake Almamor.

Celebrating the birth of the newest member of the family
(5 month old Will from New York)
to celebrating the birthday of the matriarch,
it was lots of family, lots of fun, and lots of food!

The Matriarch, Isabel

With a family of 30, we had an action packed weekend. Bird house painting, swimming, and boating were just a few of the highlighted activities. And it all started with a noon tee-off for many, and a welcoming dinner on Friday night,

In the spirit of Old World, we were treated to a menu of:

Argentina Spiced Ribs
Chinese Chicken Drumsticks
German Potatoe Salad
Greek Salad
French Rolls
Dutch Chocolate Cake

Saturday afternoon held a lakeside bbq lunch .

Can you tell by the menu below that this is a family descended of Portugese?

The BBQ Menu

The wine pairing dinner was held on Saturday night.

With each meal served at a different house, we had the wine dinner over looking the golf course. Many activities were planned throughout the evening, including a family photo, games and a silent action for art work that was contributed by the many talented children in the family.

After appetizers, the children were hauled off to another one of the homes where they were served frozen pizza and brownies. The older children helped look after the younger ones. This has become an annual event that I look forward to each year.

Each place setting has their own menu and the table is
decorated with old world maps.
Several family members are in charge of different courses and
the wine that is to be served with their course.

Mozzarella and Tomato Lollipop

Mozzarella and Tomato Lollipops
Spanish Chorizo-stuffed Mini Potatoes
Cristalino Brut Nature Vintage Cava 2005-Spain
Nino Franko RUSTICO Prosecco di Valdabbliadene-Italy
Vinho Verde 2007-Portugal

Spanish Chorizo stuffed Mini Potatoes

First Course
Salade Au Chevre with Thyme and Lavender Honey
Pouilly Fuisse 2006
Laboure-Roi - Vallon d' Or
Burgundy, France

Second Course
Crispy Halibut on Piminton Grilled Corn Cakes
with Red Pepper Coulis
Cabernet sauvignon Rose 2008
South Africa

Third Course
Bodega LAN Crianza Rioja 2005
Fuenmayor, Spain
Burgans Albarino 2007
Rias Baixas, Spain

Champagne, Peach and Mint Chilled Soup with Creme Fraiche

Fourth Course
Beef Medallions Wrapped in Apple-smoked Bacon
On Crispy Fries with Chimichurri Sauce
Santa Ema Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Maipo Valley

Fifth Course
Old World Cheeses with Quinche Paste, Marcona Almonds
and Turron Blando
Warre's Warrior Special Reserve Porto

Sixth Course
Panna Cottta with Berries Compote, Vin Santo Sauce
with Italian Polenta Cookie
Moscato di Asti 2007
Del Marchesi Di Gresy
LaSerra, Italy

We finished up the weekend with a send off breakfast for the whole gang.

What's for Breakfast?

Mexican Eggs
w/salsa, avocado, and Sour Cream
German Glazed Ham
Polish Kiekbasa
Tahitian Fruit Salad
Kartoffelnester Hash Browns
Hawaiian Rolls
Flour Tortillas
Danish Pastry
Hawaiian Mimosa
Brazilian Coffee

I glad I could share my weekend with me.

I hope the menus intrigue you,

the food inspires you,

and the weekend invigorates you!


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Blogger April said...

Looks like you had a fantastic weekend! Love the food choices!

July 20, 2009 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Laurie Vengoechea said...

What a beautiful feast!

July 20, 2009 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

How spectacular. For as good as the food looks - and it does look great - the nicest part of this post is the love of family that shines through every frame. I love your site. I'm so glad I became a "friend." This way I never miss a post.

July 20, 2009 at 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Nutmeg Nanny said...

It looks like you had a fantastic weekend! I love all the different foods...yummy!!!

July 20, 2009 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

You definitely eat well when you get together! Sounds like so much fun!

July 20, 2009 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger the ungourmet said...

What a fabulous meal! I love the Mozzarella and Tomato Lollipops!

What is in the Hawaiian Mimosa. Pineapple juice instead of OJ???

July 20, 2009 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

It sounds like a fabulous weekend! Will you be posting recipes?

July 20, 2009 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Katy ~ said...

I am STUFFED just looking at all the fabulous family feast. Oh my heavens what food memories to say nothing of the family memories. So good to see families celebrate together. Bless you and yours.

July 20, 2009 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Patsyk said...

What a fantastic weekend! The food looks incredible and I'm sure some wonerful memories were made!

July 20, 2009 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

I love wine pairings, but man how did you make room with ALL that food? Talk about a great time with family and friends :)

Congrats on the huge and fun family!

July 20, 2009 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Reeniā™„ said...

What a wonderful time! I'm speechless over the food! Very impressive and so delicious!

July 20, 2009 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger abby said...

mmmmm....a very appetizing post ;)

July 21, 2009 at 10:36 AM  
Anonymous noble pig said...

May I come and photograph next year's party? I'll work for food. Simply flippin' incredible.

July 21, 2009 at 11:41 PM  
Blogger stephchows said...

OMG that is one serious family gathering!! Great job!!

July 22, 2009 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Wow, you guys made each of the dishes? They all sounded very interesting and looked good. That's a very neat idea of a silent auction for the children's pictures.

Well, looks like you had good food, family and lots of fun! Doesn't get much better.

Btw, I like your blog makeover!

July 25, 2009 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger Anncoo said...

Hi Megan,
It's really good and fun to have family gathering. I love your pictures and of course nice blog. Will visit often and link you to my blog.

July 25, 2009 at 10:30 PM  

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