Union Square Cafe: Fall Food & Wine Dinner

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 7comments No tags Permalink 0

Yesterday’s dinner at Union Square Cafe started like this. Hors d’Oeuvres for the table. Gougères warm and oozing liquid cheese, Schiacciata dell’Uva piled high with pancetta, Fried Sunchokes, and Apple-Parsnip Soup topped with Oysters. Ahh indulgence indeed!! It was all part of Union Square Cafe’s bi-annual Food & Wine Dinners, one in the Fall and one in the Spring.

This particular meal was co-hosted with California-based Schramsberg Vineyards. A sparkling wine paired with every course, five in total. To begin: Blanc de Blancs, North Coast, 2007.

Jack-O-Lobster” comes next. The name put a smile on everyone’s face. Not so serious, but decidedly delicious. Individual pumpkins for everyone. I received an orange, the fellow next to me had one in green + yellow, and the woman across had an all-green pumpkin. Sink your spoon in. Meaty lobster chunks tangled with chanterelles and leeks…and pumpkin of course. Paired with J. Schram Rosé, North Coast, 2000.

A little salad of mache lettuce accompanied the Rabbit Lasagna. How many layers of the supple pasta? I lost count at six. This was my favorite dish of the evening. Between each layer, tender rabbit meat nestled in with chestnuts and black truffles. Drink with: J. Schram, North Coast, 2004.

I had to hold back from eating all the excellent bread and butter for there was more to come. A Wagyu Strip Loin, rare in the center with Twice-Baked Potato – crisp skin and buttery, melting interior. A late harvest Mesclun dressed in Cabernet Vinaigrette. This was paired with the only non-sparkling wine of the night: J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, 2007.

And to end on a sweet note, a duo of Cinnamon Doughnuts. Miniature! Cake doughnuts! Hot out of the fryer, piled one on top of the other with Apple Cider Caramel and Roasted Apples tucked in the center. Did I ever tell you that Fall is my favorite season? Spring is too bright, Winter is gloomy, and Summer is just gross. So cheers to Fall: Crémant Demi-Sec, Napa Valley, 1986.

But. But dinner is not over yet. Not until Hugh Davies (President of Schramsberg)…

…sabers that bottle of champagne. Wooosh! There it goes! And that is how Monday nights ought to be.

Union Square Cafe
21 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003

(212) 243-4020
  • Lauren
    October 18, 2011

    Oh my gosh. Went to Schramsburg vineyards on a trip to Napa last year. Easily my favorite of the trip. The pairings at USC must have been amazing!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    October 18, 2011

    Hi Lauren! Oh wow – your trip must have been amazing!! We're planning to visit Napa next summer…vineyards are at the top of the list ^_^

  • anonymous
    October 19, 2011

    I can't tell if this was a promotional event or not. I love your blog, but as you get and go to more freebies, it would help to know which posts are merely based on something/someplace you love and which are about dinners, treats, etc that have been gifted to you.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    October 19, 2011

    Hi Anon! Thanks for your comment – this was not a promotional event but I was invited to it as a guest. It was one-time only sort of dinner, so other events they hold will be themed/done differently. I've blogged about Union Square Cafe in the past and it is a place I love and go often for dinner. But I'll definitely make that more clear in the future :)

  • Lauren
    October 19, 2011

    You will love Napa! My trip up there was one of the top 5 best days of my life. I would also highly recommend visiting Viader vineyard. Beautiful views and fantastic red wines. Here's my post on it: http://greenpointaken.blogspot.com/2010/02/adventures-in-san-fran-napa-valley.html

  • Tasty Trekker
    October 19, 2011

    That Jack O' Lobster is so much fun! I love USC and agree- fall is the best season for everything…especially food.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    October 20, 2011

    Hi Lauren! Thanks so much for the tips!! Am definitely taking notes from you ^_^Hi Roze! Double agree! heheh. Wish fall could hang around for a few more months :)

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