Together, wine, food, and travel make up three of life's greatest offerings. The Society Blog will feature expert experiences and opinions relating to these delicious topics. Here, we will freely discuss the diverse flavors of food, the inviting culture of wine, the vast nature of travel, and the ultimate experience you get when you combine the three!
Bill and I are in Montana at the spectacular Rock Creek Cattle Company, with views of the Flint Creek Mountains. In the middle of all this beauty, I'm still thinking about the organic garden back in Healdsburg and the lovely food that Chef Didier Ageorges creates with the fresh vegetables and fruit.
I'm thinking of the juicy, ripe, heirloom tomatoes that go into my favorite caprese salad. Fresh produce from the three acres of Chalk Hill Estate's garden are used by Chef for the culinary tours. Everything is so fresh and nutritious.
Part of why Bill and I are so excited about the launch party for the Foley Food & Wine Society on September 28th is that we get to share with the members the wonderful wine and food experiences they will have at the wineries, restaurants and resorts in the Foley Food & Wine Society group.
If you haven't experienced one of the Chalk Hill Estate culinary tours, you must add this to your bucket list! One of my favorite things to do is to go to the tasting room with a group of girlfriends and take a lovely glass of crisp sauvignon blanc out to tour the vineyards. We stop in to find out what Brad Agerter, the Chalk Hill gardener, is growing. Then, we arrive at the pavilion where Chef prepares a fabulous culinary experience paired with our wines selected by Erika, our estate sommelier.
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Santa Barbara Culinary Arts Presents the Foley Food & Wine Society Launch Party
Date: Saturday, Sep 28, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa - Santa Barbara, CA
Today was so much fun! We had a TV crew up to Montana to film an episode of The Inn Crowd with Chef Budi Kazali. Bill and I are at the Rock Creek Cattle Company with most of the family. Our daughters Lindsay and Courtney, Lindsay’s husband Will, and our son Rob were all able to join in the fun.
The Foley Food & Wine Society is the presenting sponsor of the 3rd season of The Inn Crowd with Chef Budi Kazali-- a great TV show based in Santa Barbara County. Chef Budi is the owner and chef at the lovely Ballard Inn in Solvang, California. Chef Budi has been a friend of ours for a number of years and we were so excited to have him join us in Montana at Rock Creek Cattle Company. We so rarely are able to get the family together, so it was important to make this occasion really special. Chef Budi and Chef Tim Smith, the Executive Chef at Rock Creek Cattle Company, worked together to create an amazing menu for us.
They started with an American twist on Shrimp On the Barbie. Tim is from Australia and really enjoyed putting together this recipe. He created a quick marinade of soy, garlic, palm sugar, lime, green peppercorn and jalapeño, soaked the shrimp in the marinade and then grilled them. They were so good--especially with our Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlbrough region of New Zealand. Crisp and acidic, with ripe fruit flavors and mineral notes, the wine was a wonderful complement to the shrimp.
Next, since we are in Montana, the chefs decided to grill some bison. Chef Budi marinated the bison tomahawk steaks in an achiote marinade. Achiote is harvested from a shrub native to the tropical regions of the Caribbean and Mexico and has a rich earthy red color. It gives a nice smoky flavor with a hint of citrus. The finished product was absolutely delicious. We ordered our steaks medium rare and they were incredibly tender. Our bold, layered Merus Altvs Cabernet Sauvignon was the perfect pairing for the grilled bison.
We finished the evening with a Huckleberry Semifreddo. Huckleberries are native to Montana and were a delicious element in this dessert. The recipe included ricotta, marshmallows, a little chocolate, egg whites, the berries, and some of our Eos Tears of Dew Late Harvest Moscato—which put this dessert “over the top”! Chef Tim mixed the ingredients, froze them for an hour an a half, then let it soften for 10 minutes before we dove in. Paired with a glass of the aromatic Eos Late Harvest Moscato, the semifreddo was a fantastic finale to a memorable meal.
Our family dinner was a huge success; the dishes were amazing. We are happy to be able to share the experience and the recipes with you. The TV episode will be airing in California's Central Coast later this fall, so stay tuned!
I love this time of year. Everything is blooming, the weather is gorgeous, and the sun is always shining. This has been a particularly busy and exciting summer for us in Healdsburg, California, as Bill and I just opened up our new restaurant Chalkboard! Located on North Street, right beside Hotel Les Mars, Chalkboard is led by Chef Shane McAnelly, who is previously from Va de Vi, in Walnut Creek, California.
The menu is just incredible! It focuses on small plates, using the freshest of ingredients, along with a fantastic wine list and a number of wines by the glass. What’s really fun for me is that many of the ingredients on Chef Shane’s menu come directly from the culinary garden here at Chalk Hill Estate. It’s a great collaboration between Chef Shane and our culinary gardener Brad Agerter.
Chef Shane McAnelly
Shane and Brad meet nearly every day to review what is growing well and to see what interesting items they can add to the menu. The other day, Brad walked me through the garden where we sampled items such as oregano, cauliflower, summer squash, beets and English peas, all featured ingredients on the Chalkboard menu.
Since Shane like to use all of the seasonal items from the garden, the menu will be constantly changing. For now however, my favorite is the Fava Bean and Baby Artichoke salad, which has a delicious lemon citronette dressing. It tastes like summer and is light enough that you're able to leave room to enjoy desserts from our incredible Pastry Chef!
Hello! There are so many exciting things going on at our properties and I’m really looking forward to sharing my experiences with you. I’m very privileged to be able to experience all that our properties have to offer on a regular basis and I thought it would be fun to share some of the highlights from my perspective.
Check back here often – I’ll be talking about my culinary adventures with Chef Didier, getting golf tips from our Pros, gardening with our Chalk Hill Estate Gardner Brad Agerter, blending wine with Stuart Ake and sharing with you news from the vineyards in California and New Zealand. I’ll also be planning some fun events for 2013 so I look forward to meeting you in person!
Check for the upcoming posts!