I’d like to start doing a weekly (or so) post of the best thing I ate. Some weeks it may be from a restaurant. Others may be from my own kitchen or that of a friend’s.
So this is the first one.
There wasn’t as much restaurant news this week as the week before, when Constant Spring’s ownership change caused a stir.
But I had a good food week.
Rick Hutchinson was in town. He’s the owner and winemaker at Amphora Winery in Sonoma County, California. He makes some great red wines.
Rick (right) with Paul and Caitlin Cataldo.
A tasting at Cappy’s on Monday was followed by a wine dinner at Antonio’s and dessert at Miles Lab on Tuesday and dinner at Dominic and Sarita Cataldo’s house on Thursday.
Oof. I ate a lot of great food this week.
As I think about the food, the best thing I ate was the lemonada granita that Paul Cataldo served as an intermezzo course at the Antonio’s wine dinner. It was light, crisp and sweet. Nestled between the course of pesto linguini with seared scallops and the course of cornish game hen sere with Brussels sprouts, radishes and fingerling potatoes, it’s the flavor to which I keep returning to savor.
The dessert course of parfait with mango, peach and pomegranate was fabulous too. So were the ricotta balls Sarita Cataldo made and I learned that homemade ricotta with maple syrup is a simple, fabulous dessert.
But the granita wins.
I’ll also save the new memories with Hutchinson. He stood in Dominic Cataldo’s wine cellar and praised the wine an talked about how Dominic makes this great organic wine that’s perfect for home consumption.
What will the best thing be in the coming week? Hard telling. But I look forward to it.