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For me, food and wine is a true sensory experience. My husband & I love to cook for our friends and we are always testing out new recipes on them. With the addition of wine, food can take on a whole new dimension. I have immersed myself, as much as my day job allows, into wine. Specifically wine from the Pacific Northwest.

As a Washington State native, I grew up with the fresh seafood and produce native to the area. I look forward to local strawberries in the spring & sweet corn in late summer. As well as fresh caught Dungeness Crab out of Puget Sound and the flavorful beef produced by local farmers. The Northwest offers an abundance of wonderful ingredients to work with.

This site is dedicated to the Food & Wine of the Pacific Northwest. Please join me as I explore all it has to offer!

December 11, 2009

Annual Wine Dinner - Part 1

Every year we put on a multi course wine dinner extravagansa for our friends. It's something we plan for, bank wine for, practice for all year. We usually have it the weekend after Thanksgiving. This year was our 7th annual wine party and it has expanded from 6 people our first year to 16 this year. So needless to say it's a wild and crazy night for us, but we love it.

Preparations started the week before and included converting the back of our garage into our party room. I work at a lumber mill, so last year I was able get a custom cut table top that was 14' x 4'. It works perfectly for our dinner party.

We have had problems in the past with actually preparing too much food and stuffing our poor guests to death. For us, there are so many recipes that we want to try and cook for our friends that it's really hard to whiddle down the menu to a reasonable size. This year our focus was making everything we possibly could ourselves even down to the condiments. Our menu consisted of:

It sounds like a lot of food. However, the first 5 items were appetizers. Each person had 1 or 2 pieces. The food turned out amazing and the amount and pace of dinner was perfect. I seemed to have forgotten something about the dinner, what could it be? Oh yeah! The wine of course! Stay tuned for the wine from the wine dinner.

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