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Improve my menu please!!! And wine recs greatly needed, too...!!!

Cooking a very impt dinner | Jan 4, 2006 07:31 PM

An impt dinner for a long, dear friend coming to visit. Want to have a total culinary exploration, yet won't have any help, and have a normal-sized kitchen.

Here is my menu thus far, and would love to hear ways of improving it.... lots of courses but small portions!

Olives, Marcona almonds upon arriving.

Bruschetta -- traditional with tomato, basil, onion, bit of garlic or open to new ideas, but not fava or other beans, and not anchovies, ie tapenade; pesto with tomato would be fine. Need this course to be simple, prepared in advance, til I grill the bread.

Seared foie gras on canapes, ideally with a cherry or fruity garnish?

Soup -- carrot-ginger (or butternut squash) puree with a garnish of a grilled lightly garlic-marinated shrimp; garnish of grated ginger?, and perhaps something green on top... basil??

Roasted beet, goat cheese and pistachio salad, in vinaigrette -- what herb in the vinaigrette would best complement the other flavors?

Veal Saltimbocca -- with fresh sage, prosciutto, perhaps a bit of fontina wrapped inside; possibly 2 ravioli on the side, pumpkin or porcini-filled with same sauce.

Garlic Baby Spinach -- served on the side of the plate or under the saltimbocca.

A few dessert cheeses -- any recs? And water crackers, baguette slices, toasted baguette, or other recs?

A choc dessert, which I'll pick up at a patisserie.

Re wines, I somehow always gravitate towards whites, and think whites would go well through the course of the dinner. Any recs per course?? Happy to buy 4-5 wines, if need be.....

Thank you!!!

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