Monday, August 20, 2012

Happy Birthday to The Roosevelt

The Roosevelt celebrated its first birthday at the end of July with a multi-course dinner paired with Wines by Gabriele Rausse. The theme, entitled Veneto, combined a bit of Italy with fabulous Southern comfort.

We hopped on The Roosevelt bandwagon late since they were so busy for the first half of the year, we could not snag a table. We have since enjoyed our culinary excursions to Church Hill. The Roosevelt inspired us to seek out new Virginia wines (still impressed that they present an all-Virginia wine list). We have also appreciated their cocktails (the Orange Door Hinge is a favorite) and, of course, the food (smoked duck was a big hit with me).

For this dinner, we both stepped out of our comfort zone to celebrate.

Sardine in Saor
Sardine in Saor (pickled sardine) with Whipped Lardo on Crostini served with Vin Gris de Pinot Noir
Monkfish, Porcini, Cauliflower, Salsa Verde, and Anchovy Bread Crumbs served with Dry Rose
Smoked Pork Shoulder
Smoked Pork Shoulder, Polenta, Cranberry beans, Cabbage and Virginia Clams served with Cabernet Franc
Olive Oil Cake and Orange Sorbet
Olive Oil Cake, Marscapone, and Orange Sorbet served with Collage
A lovely dinner. To The Roosevelt: congrats on being in business for a year; may you continue to tantalize our taste buds with inventive Southern fare and libations.

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