Thursday, November 19, 2014
Doors 6 p.m. | Dinner 6:45 p.m.
Celebrate the first taste of the 2015 harvest! Includes a delicious French dinner, two glasses of Beaujolais Nouveau, and a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau for you to take home.
Seafood Bisque with Crème Fraiche
Seafood stock stewed with saffron rice and vegetables then finished with Dungeness crab meat.
Fresh Baked Artisan Rolls with Butter
Cheese and Fruit Appetizer
Brie, Grapes, poached Pear, smoked Gouda, Herbed Rondelle and crackers.
Coq au Vin with Pearl Onions and Wild Mushrooms
Fresh Washington chicken braised with red wine and vegetables.
Grilled Zucchini Ratatouille
Fresh zuchinni marinated and grilled then topped with a tomato vegetable ratatouille.
Pommes Gratin Dauphine
Thin sliced potatoes baked with cream, garlic and nutmeg.
Fresh Fruit Tarts with Lemon Mousse
Fresh fruit in pastry shell with cream filling and apricot served with fresh lemon mousse.
About Beaujolais Nouveau Day
Beaujolais Nouveau Day is marked in France on the third Thursday in November with
fireworks, music and festivals. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m.,
just weeks after the wine’s grapes have been harvested. Parties are held throughout the country and further afield to celebrate the first wine of the season.
Beaujolais Nouveau – that much-ballyhooed cherry-red colored vintage that’s best served chilled -- is clearly not for wine snobs. This fresh and fruity red is the result of a quick
fermentation process that ends up with a tasty, clean wine that is enjoyed by palates
the world over.
The Gamay grapes that go into Beaujolais Nouveau are handpicked in the Beaujolais
province of France. The wine actually originated about a century ago as a cheap and
cheerful drink produced by locals to celebrate the end of the harvest season.
The idea of a race to Paris carrying the first bottles of the new vintage was conceived and this attracted much media attention. By the 1970s, the race became a national event. The races spread to neighboring countries in Europe in the 1980s, followed by North America, and in the 1990s, to Asia.