We attended one of the Sips & Suppers that were hosted last night. Sips & Suppers benefits Martha’s Table and D.C. Central Kitchen. Chefs from across the country (and sometimes from around the world) cook meals in private homes to benefit the charities.
Our dinner was prepared by Scott Drewno of The Source and Peter Chang of Peter Chang (he has pop up restaurants throughout Virginia). The theme of the dinner was Chinese New Year (which is actually on January 31 this year–the Chinese calendar is based on the lunar calendar so the date changes every year). It will be the Year of the Horse.
We started the evening with a variety of hors d’oeuvres, most of them very spicy (a specialty of Peter’s). Accompanying these was a 2005 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee champagne.
The amouse bouche was a Chinese tea egg custard, consisting of a lapsang souchong tea-smoked egg served with caviar on top. I am afraid that all I can show you is the empty egg shell because I ate all of it before I thought to take photos (this will be a recurring theme in this blog post).
The first official course was a quartet of Chinese New Year dumplings. The crescent shape of the potsticker dumpling is a similar shape to the gold “coins” from the Yuan Dynasty and symbolizes prosperity. Accompanying these dumplings was a 2007 Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne.
The second course was a Chinese-style steamed lobster. Red (the color of the lobster) is the color of joy and happiness in Chinese culture. The wine served with this course was a 100 point wine, the 1999 Chapoutier Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree.
The third course was a dry aged New York strip accompanied with a spicy five vegetable stir fry. The five vegetables represent the five blessings of the New Year (longevity, riches, peace, wisdom, and virtue). You’ll have to take my word for it that the presentation was beautiful, as I was too busy eating the dish to take a photo. The accompanying wine was a 2001 Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red.
The final course was a Chinese New Year tangerine cake and house made fortune cookie served with a banana custard with a blood orange glaze. The pronunciation of the word “tangerine” in Chinese is similar to the pronunciation of the word “money” and symbolizes prosperity. There were two dessert wines served with this—a 2009 Doisy Daene L’Extravagant and a 1927 Alvear Pedro Ximenez Solera.
The meal was a smashing start to what I hope is a fabulous New Year!