* Notes *
A meal was arranged for a certain pernicious Belgian at The French Laundry. The attendees included the authors of Not For Fun Only, Dig Dug, Something Something This Way Comes, plus the Opera Tattler and Miss LCU. We made our way to Yountville, tasted a bit of wine at the Girard Winery tasting room, took some photographs at The French Laundry's Garden, and had a glass of sparkling wine at Hurley's before heading to dinner. The date happened to coincide with the last game of the 2010 World Series, and the restaurant was abuzz with news of the score. The food was quite lovely, the highlight being the lobster with beet essence and leeks, but the company certainly was the most entertaining part of the evening.
* Menu *
"Oysters and Pearls"
Salad of Roasted Cauliflower | Moulard Duck "Foie Gras au Torchon"
Sautéed Fillet of Japanese Medai | "Boudin de Cuisse de Grenouille"
"Beets and Leeks"
Four Sotry Hill Farm Poularde "Kiev"
Marcho Farms Nature-Fed Veal
Beecher's "Flagship Reserve"
Philo Gold Apple Sorbet
"Peanut Butter and Chocolate" | Straus Cream "Génoise"
* Tattling *
Our party was rather ill-behaved and loud. At one point Miss LCU started singing the beginning of an aria from Nixon in China, which was taken up by the Belgian. The Opera Tattler tried her best to keep them in line, but Herr Feldheim continued singing said aria despite admonitions. The restaurant burst into applause when it was announced that the San Francisco Giants won the World Series. Dodaro even waved around an article of clothing. We learnt that "The Wave" is called the "Mexican Wave" in Belgium. At one point at least four people at our table did their interpretation of the "Belgian Wave." I felt both proud and horrified that I had assembled such a group of absurd people.