September 2013 – April 2014
Our annual dinner at Dry Creek Peach is definitely a yearly highlight – this is our eighth year in the orchard! Words just can’t express the beauty of the peach orchard at the peak of season, the cold, sweet taste of White Peach Bellinis on a hot summer evening, the warmth and passion of farmers Gayle and Brian Sullivan as they lead a tour of their organic farm, and the engaging charm of chef John Ash as he orchestrates the cooking and dining experience. Chef John has created an amazing menu for our dinner, weaving Dry Creek Peaches throughout the entire savory and sweet four-course menu. We’ll enjoy our sumptuous peach dinner with wonderful J.Rickards wines.
- Welcome Bellini (White Peach Puree & Sparkling Wine) & Seasonal Peach Tasting
- Nibbles on the Orchard Table: Peaches with Ricotta and Chestnut Honey ∙ Zucchini Pickles ∙ Sautéed Padrón Peppers ∙ Tuscan Chicken Liver Paté ∙ Watermelon & Peaches with Chili Salt and Limes ∙ Salt-Crusted Potatoes with Salsa Verde
- Salad of Peaches, Heirloom Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella and Herb-Infused Oil
- Cider-Brined Game Hens with Peach Salsa
- Butter Braised Swiss Chard
- Lemon Olive Oil Cake with Peaches and Crème Fraiche
This Relish class includes 12 ounces of wine per person served to all participants over 21 years of age. Additional wine is available for purchase by the glass or bottle.
Spend an afternoon exploring and refining your culinary sensory awareness. During this class, Chef John Ash will review the dynamics of how we taste and then dive into an exploration of how food and wine interact with each other. You’ll come away with some basic templates to operate from to help you put food and wine together. You’ll also have a much better understanding of how to make positive matches happen, whether you’re dining at a restaurant or in your own home.
I’ll be broadcasting live at this event with Steve Garner and The Good Food Hour on KSRO-AM. This is the 17th Annual Kendall Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival, and it is definitely one of the highlight events in Sonoma County!
I’ll also be judging the Chef’s Challenge, where chefs compete against one another to see who can create the dish that best showcases the tomato. There is a waiting list for this event, but it’s worth it to try to make it, and to put it on your calendar for next year. It’s always a good time!
- An Evening with farm-to-table pioneers John Ash and Larry Forgione on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone includes:
– A welcome glass of wine
– Cooking demonstration and tasting with James Beard Award-winning chef and author John Ash at 4 PM
– Booking signing and copy of Ash’s “Culinary Birds: The Ultimate Poultry Cookbook”
– Five-course meal from chef Larry Forgione at The Conservatory, a culinary “crop-up” restaurant, at 6 PM
Spend a fun afternoon exploring and refining your culinary sensory abilities. During this class, Chef John Ash will review the dynamics of how we taste, and then dive into an interactive exploration of how food and wine work with each other. You’ll come away with some basic templates to operate from to help you put food and wine together successfully. And you’ll gain a much better understanding of how to make positive matches happen, whether you’re dining at a restaurant or in your own home.
These classes are available only to members of the Woodfield Country Club. If you’re interested, please contact the folks at the club using the contact info I’ve posted here. Thank you!
Join me for a whole week’s worth of cooking classes at this gorgeous resort in Bermuda! I’ll be doing classes daily from Tuesday March 4, to Sunday March 9. Classes range from $75 to $85 for members, and $90 to $99 for non-members. We’ll learn to cook poultry, sustainable seafood, and I’ll show you how to pair wine and food. Join me in Bermuda!