Saturday, March 12, 2011

Winemaker Lunch at Caffe Niche

Thursday March 10th found me at Caffe Niche for a Winemaker Lunch.  It was a triple play with Ashley Hepworth from Joseph Phelps, Kristen Belair from Hoing and Bayard Fox from Renard.

I have never been to Caffe Niche before, but I will be returning.  I thought the food was fantastic, though a little heavy with the veggies . . . . but yummy nonetheless.

First out was a stunning vegetable platter with perfectly roasted fingerling potatoes, heirloom spinach, cheese stuffed pepper with balsamic drizzle, grilled artichoke, shredded sweet potato with citrus chimichuri and beets. A stunning opener!  See the Photo.  We had the 2009 Joseph Phelps Sauvignon Blanc and 2007 Freestone Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.  See previous post for the Phelps.  The Freestone is a very nice elegant Chardonnay, very Burgundian in style.  Freestone is a side project of Joseph Phelps on the Sonoma Coast. We also had the Renard Viognier, as mentioned in the previous post.

Second out of the kitchen was braised or roasted lamb nuggets over more nicely roasted fingerling potatoes.  Great flavor on the lamb.  Wines poured were 2 vintages of the Honig Cabernet 2006 and 2007.  Both really wonderful wines. Also poured was the Renard Syrah, again, check out the previous post for details on this wine... It is great!

For desert, the perfect sized morsel of chocolate . . . 'stuff' was served with unsweetened whipped cream.  No wine was served, we all just finished the reds in our glasses and they paired great with the chocolate.

Granted, this menu was special for the lunch, though I am told the veggie platter is on the dinner menu, I have become a big fan of Chef Ethan and Caffe Niche.  This is really a nice tiny gem in the Salt Lake dinning scene.  I will be back to try the other menu items.

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