My mother sent me this short email last week, and mailed me the menu, which arrived yesterday (snail mail because it was printed on dark gray paper and wouldn't scan), which I've copied below. She didn't elaborate on her impressions of the dishes, but I thought the SF hounds might be interested, as this is an annual event.
"Last night we went to a fascinating (and delicious) dinner at Millennium, the upscale vegan restaurant in SF. It was their annual Farmers' Market dinner, a prix-fixe meal with each of the 5 courses featuring produce from a different organic grower. After each course, there was a short talk from the grower, from the chef, and from the person who had picked out the wine to go with that course.
However, the way it was done made it a poor choice for our anniversary dinner. The talks (with question and answer) kept it from being intimate and romantic, and they also made it run very long. It started at 6:30, and it was about 10:30 by the time we left.
It looks as if there is a tremendous amount of food in each course, but actually the quantities were so small that I never got over-full."
1.Grilled Summer Chicory Roulades (County Line Farm):
Mixed chicories w/three stuffings: plum with Asian eggplant; olive and chili flake-maple-peppercorn smoked tempeh; corn, sweet pepper and tofu ricotta.
Pinot Gris, Cooper Mountain, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2000
2.Crisp Fried Squash Blossom Salad (Animalitos Farm):
Bread crumb-nori seaweed dredge, cucmber pappardelle, salad of fresh herbs and baby lettuce, sea vegetables, blackberry gastrique, lemon verbena aioli.
St. Chinian Rose, Chateau Bousquette, Provence 1999
3.Stuffed Ronde de Nice Squash (Mariquita Farm):
Brocolli mousse, grilled brocolli de cicco;; cippoline onion grilled flatbread.
five-basil salad of piccolo fino verde, lemon, Genovese, Greek and Napolitano; roasted tomato-garlic compote
Sangiovese, Chance Creek, Redwood Valley 2000
4.Grilled Angel Wings ( mushroom hunter extraordinaire, Todd the King of Mushrooms):
Creamy lavender-corn gravy; roasted minced seasonal mushrooms of nameko, king trumpet, blue oyster, clamshell, bluefoot; blue corn grits cake; succotash of white beans, corn, green beans and truffle.
Mourvedre, ReZerve, Sobon Estate, Shenandoah Valley 1999
5.Ginger Shortcake with Burgundy Plum Mousse (Blossom Bluff):
Regina peach Sorbet, gewurtatraminer-soaked Arctic Queen nectarines, basil syrup.
Navarro, Late Harvest Gewurtztraminer 2000
The supplement for the wine pairing was $20, and the by-the-glass prices for the recommended wines ranged from $5 for the late harvest gewurtztraminer to $10.25 for the mourvedre.
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