Chef Joel WMH

In vino veritas. And the plain truth is that, if you’ve so far missed out on the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa’s interactive summer wine dinner series—held once monthly—you’ve cheated yourself out of some fantastic food paired with wonderful wine. The good news? There’s one wine dinner left—and you can still make reservations for its Saturday, August 29, 7:30 p.m. alighting by calling 760.770.2150 or by emailing to RSVP by August 22. The cost is a steal at $85 per person.

The master cuisiniers featured at the event will be Westin Mission Hills Executive Chef Joel Delmond, assisted by Chef Juan Leon and Chef Antwon Brinson. The wine overflowing will be that of Rodney Strong.

The first course will consist of a surprise Parade of Amuse-Bouches accompanied by Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc Northern Sonoma 2013. The second course will be a Tuna Napoleon with cured olive, white anchovy, and a Yukon wafer served with a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2013. Third will be a Whole Roasted Quail with toasted farro, Brentwood corn, pluot, black garlic, and a speck vinaigrette. This course will be paired with a Symmetry Red Meritage 2012. Finally, a Black Mission Fig Tart with mascarpone, pistachio gelato, almond crumble, and basil pop rock will be married to a True Gentleman’s Port Reserve 2009. I don’t know about you, but my appetite has been so whetted my mouth’s watering!

One of the most rewarding aspects of this wine dinner series has been its interactive component, wherein each chef not only presents his creation but describes how he came to the flavor and pairing combinations. A few select participants have even gotten the opportunity to cook in the kitchen with the chefs in the afternoon prior to the evening meal. First come, first toqued, so call to reserve your spot stove-side ASAP!

1.2 Chef Joel WMH DALP

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