Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Duchess of Beaufort's Midwinter Feast

Last year's Feast of the Twelfth Night was a revelation.  This year, the chef is making an expanded menu and we are able to squeeze in a few more seats.  The venue is changed as well. Our organizer has picked a lovely farm in Dayton called Red Ridge Farm; which is a winery, Olive orchard and herb farm. It's a beautiful setting and the venue itself is a lovely space with a nice stone-mantel fireplace.  We are very excited.

The menu last year featured the following dishes:

First Course
Lobster Bisque topped with a Tarragon and Lobster Chantilly
Deviled Eggs with Fresh Ground Pepper and Dill
Creamed Leek Pie
Lavender Blueberry Trifle
Roasted Leg of Lamb
Boiled Potatoes tossed in Butter and Fresh Dill
Steamed Mussels
Strawberry and Chocolate Trifle

Second Course
Meringues filled with Strawberry Mousse
Mushroom and Goat Cheese Vol-au-vents
Glazed Ham
Honey Mustard Carrots
Roasted Asparagus
Glazed Pear and Rosemary Cake
Fresh Fruit Tarts

Third Course
Lemon Ice
Cheese, fruit, and Nut Board
Cornish Game Hens
Shredded Sweet Potato Pie
Glazed Lemon and Anise Cake
Crème Caramel

This year, there will be MORE dishes and we will also be featuring wines from area wineries, including Red Ridge's products.   This event can be an opportunity to make a weekend of exploring the wine-country here in the Willamette Valley. There are lots of really great lodging options in the area.

The Event's 'Write-Up':

An exclusive event, the Duchess’s Midwinter Feast is an extravagant and decadent evening of riches. Join the Duchess for a succession of sumptuous dishes created by the Duchess’s chef; and sip an array of wines made from the fruit of local vines. Indulge in an evening of society, pleasant diversions and perhaps even partake in a lovely dance.

The Menu will be expansive; larger than last year’s fine dinner. A larger selection of locally made wines will be provided as well. Set in a vineyard, herb farm and olive orchard, we dine by candle and firelight.

This event calls for Formal Regency Costume only – no daywear, please. Your dress should be appropriate for sharing a dining table with aristocracy.

There are only twenty-eight total spaces available.