Wine Pairing Dinner Menu
1st Course Appetizer:
Asparagus and Avocado Wraps – These Asparagus and Avocado Wraps are fabulous and also low-fat and low calorie! This easy-to-make appetizer is sure to impress your guests and get their taste buds ready for your fabulous dinner.
Wine: Pinot Gris
Seared Autumn Spice Scallops – Spicy seared scallops with cranberries. A perfect light dish for the autumn season or any time of the year.
3rd Course – Palate Cleanser:
Grapefruit Star Anise Granita (Photo by Rita Maas) – This refreshing pink Grapefruit Star Anise Granita is an ice with a hint of spice.
No wine served as this is a palate cleanser
4th Course – Main Entree and Sides:
Zinful Pork Loin – This Zinful Pork Tenderloin Roast is absolutely fantastic. It is a must try!
Stilton Blue Cheese Relish – This is a wonderful blue cheese salad.
Roasted Rainbow Potatoes – Pull this beautiful rainbow of roasted potatoes out of the oven, as your guest watch, and listen to the comments you will get. After roasting, the colors of the potatoes just seem to pop – they are beautiful, healthy, and fun!
Wine: Zinfandel (served with entree and sides)
Cheese Boards, Cheese Plates, and Cheese Platters – The cheese and fruit course may be serve on a large platter or individual serving plates. If serving this course on individual plates, serve 1/2 to 1 ounce of each cheese.
Entertaining frequently includes some kind of cheese tray, often with fruit or vegetables or meat or a combination of these foods. If you are short on time you can, of course, buy a fruit and cheese tray at most good quality grocery stores or online. But if you have the time this is an opportunity to be creative and introduce your guests to some new cheeses. It’s great fun!
Wine: Pinot Noir and Cabernet wine tasting
6th Course – Dessert:
Check out all of Linda’s wonderful Dinner Party Menus (includes recipes)
Check out Dining Etiquette Guide – Restaurant and Dinner Party Manners and Etiquette.
Appetizer Recipes – (Hors d’ oeuvres, Starters, Amuse-Bouche,& Snacks)
Appetizer Hints – How many appetizers to make for your party?
Food Safety Pages. Check them out!
Buffet and Party Safety – Also includes what to do if your guests have been delayed at least an hour
Golden Rules of Food Safety – IF IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT! If you have any question in your mind about the freshness or safety of eating a food product, throw it out. It is better to be safe than sorry!
Picnic Safety Tips – There is nothing more American than the picnic. Picnics can take on many forms, such as the community picnic, friends and neighbors, tailgate parties, or ball games. There is also one sure thing at every picnic-lots of good food. The important point is to have safe and healthy food, not food that can cause food borne illness. Always prepare and store food properly.
Summer Safety Tips – Summer is the time for barbecues and picnics. The biggest party crasher at summer picnic and buffets is food borne bacteria. You can not see them and you can not taste them, but you sure can feel them if illness occurs hours or days later.