Salmon, rhubarb, spicy greens: the things of spring

Beautiful Pacific salmon is in the house this week. And it just cries for a not-too-secret tryst with rhubarb. We’re obliging: Pan seared salmon, spaetzle, fresh herbs, arugula and pinenuts, with rhubarb gastrique.

The good farmers at Hood River Organic are sending us beautiful mustard greens, so spicy and crisp, so we created a salad with smoked salmon wontons, mustard greens, fresh scallions, in sesame citrus vinaigrette.

And because we are just suckers for pot pie, we’ve got a beautiful one for you this week: snuggled together under Rainbow’s handmade pastry are country ham, peas, zucchini, carrots, and roasted potatoes, with pimento cheese cream and fresh chives.

Sassy new wines joint the list

Great new wines join our list: the incredible Riesling from Brian McCormick at Memaloose and Idiot’s Grace. Those years Brian spent in Germany and Alsace are showing up in this wine, for sure!

From the uber-talented Mantones at Syncline comes their 2010 Mourvedre, from the Horse Heaven Hills. This spicy, rustic Rhone varietal is in such capable hands here. This wine won’t usually be on glass pour, but it is this weekend as it joins our list, so enjoy a glass for $9.50.

Major Creek Cellars, the Gorge’s smallest winery, joins our list this week with their ’09 Cabernet Franc from the Columbia Valley.  Winemaker Steve Mason was trained as a chemical engineer and honed his winemaking skills in the Boeing Employees Wine Club. Though the winery has been around since 2004, Steve just finally retired from Boeing, and so he’s got his feet in deep to the red stuff.

And finally, we are so happy to have a wine from genuine all-around-nice-guy wine maker Carey Kienitz. Carey is winemaker for Springhouse Cellar, but he also has his own label, Coyote Wall. And we’re the only place in the whole wide world where you can enjoy a glass of his first release Sauvignon Blanc.

We sold really old food, and everyone loved it!

We were so pleased to cater the grand opening of the new wing at Maryhill Museum this past weekend. And in the spirit of Sam Hill’s heyday and his birthday (which was concurrent with the grand opening), the museum asked us to prepare a roaring 20’s speakeasy-style dinner.

So what was popular then? Carving stations, Caesar salad, oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktails, stuffed mushrooms, champagne punch. And so that’s what the 230 guests noshed on, under a beautiful, still, warm sky on the deck of the new wing, as it arcs out towards the Columbia River. What a night!

But we went a step farther than just food from the 20s. Our serving crew dressed the part, with help from a new local company, Sweet Memories Vintage Rentals. They brought us lovely flapper dresses and head bands for our gals, and bow ties for our fellas. We looked so great, and got some many terrific comments from guests. If you need to look the part, you can find Sweet Memories Vintage Rentals on facebook, or by calling them at 509-426-4772.

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