We attended the annual Heirloom Apple Harvest Dinner at the Kitchen Table Bistro last night. As always, the event was fantastic. Here are a few details for those that are interested:
The evening started off in the bar area with passed appetizers including oysters garnished with an apple relish, braised oxtail atop light corncakes, and flutes of a Gruet Sparkler. The guests were then seated after Neal reviewed the evenings wine pairings and a few words about the heirloom apples from the owner of Windfall Orchards.
The first arrival was a refreshing salad composed of baby arugula, Shelburne Farms Cheddar, and a few slices of selected apples. This was served with a Hunter Valley Verdeho .
Next up was a velvety lobster bisque complimented with Delicata squash and a roasted apple relish. This excellent bisque joined a Chardonnay from Morgan Winery making for a perfect pairing.
The two entree items were braised rabbit with potato gnocchi served with the latest vintage of Abbot's Table from Owen Roe (a bit lighter in style than usual but certainly a smart selection for the rabbit) and a grilled Vermont pork with sauteed Kale, potatoes, and a delicious apple reduction. The accompanying wine was Turley's "Juvenile" Zinfandel which is quite a bit more refrained than most Turley offerings.
Dessert is always a highlight at the Kitchen Table Bistro and last night was no exception. The sweet selection was a delicious apple cake with roasted apples and apple sorbet and a glass (or two) of Ice Cider from Eden Vermont Cider Co.
This sold out event was another success and judging from the comments voiced by those in attendance (and our own experience) future events will be well attended and well received.