Last week I attended a special pre-Gourmet Food and Wine Show dinner hosted by Jennifer Campbell, Chris Waters, Jennifer Wilhelm (all of Gourmet Food and Wine Show), and William Delgado (of the Portuguese Trade Commission). The dinner was held in the extremly attractive Oasi event space with the evening’s audience consisting mainly of members of the public augmented by a small number of wine writers and sommeliers.
With ViniPortugal being one of the major sponsors of this year’s show, this dinner was designed to showcase a plethora of varied Portuguese bottlings alongside Chef Todd Clarmo’s innovative contemporary take on Portuguese cuisine.
The reception consisted of a selection of hors d’oeuvres: Sticklebacks with Cured Lemon Aioli, Salt Cod Fritters with Rouille and Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs with Toasted Walnuts. These were served alongside Lancers white, Periquita Red and Fonseca White Port.
The interior of Oasi, Toronto
Grilled Quail Piri Piri with Creamed Truffled Potatoes and Salsa Verde
Served with 2007 Quinta da Lagoalva “Talhão #1” Ribatejo
and 2008 Esporão “Reserva White” Alentejo
Roasted Skate Wing and Barigoule with Braised Artichokes, Mesquite Bacon and a Genevoise Sauce
Served with 2007 Cortes de Cima “Chaminé” Alentejano
and 2007 João Portugal Ramos “Vila Santa Red” Alentejo
Writer Michael Vaughn and Sommelier Sara d’Amato
Rosemary-Roasted Saddle of Lamb wrapped in Fall Greens with Buttered Brussels Sprouts, Root Purees and Sweet Garlic Jus
Served with 2005 Carm “Grand Reserve Red” Douro
and 2005 Quinta da Lagoalva syrah/Touriga Nacional Ribatejo
Portuguese Cheese with Fig Jam and Crostini
Served with 2002 Van Zeller Vintage Port
and 2001 Quinta do Panascal Vintage Port
Classic Molotov with Port-Poached Pears and Caramel Sauce
Served with Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Tawny Port
and Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Tawny Port
To read more about this weekend’s Gourmet Food and Wine Show click here.