Chef Mondrick Croes, of the Art of Dining Service Management, prepared a veritable French-accented feast for a group of wine and food lovers this past weekend at La Bodega, pairing delectable dishes with excellent wine suggestions by Wine Artist Clive Faustin.
The evening sold out in a record time, reports Faustin who hosts a different food and wine pairing every last Friday of the month, with the next one scheduled for November 25th, 2011.
Guests were welcomed to La Bodega by a flute of French bubbly, Laurent Perrier Champagne, Brut, and met Chef Mondrick, as well as a number of Romar Trading personalities, including Monique Bouwers who assisted Faustin is serving guests to complete satisfaction!
The menu prepared by chef Mondrick included a Dutch Smoked Salmon Wrapped Asparagus, on a bed of sour cream & chives, escorted by Thierry & Guy Fat Bastard Chardonnay. The most popular dish of the evening, starred creamy goat cheesy, sprinkled with toasted walnuts, drizzled with honey, on a bed of arugula salad with honey vinaigrette, which was paired by Fat Bastard’s Sauvignon Blanc. The main event, Cog au Vin, cooked in a delicious red zinfandel sauce, nestled on a bed of roasted eggplant. The chicken breast marinated in provincial herbs with olive oil, was topped of with the red zinfandel sauce, brimming with sun dried tomatoes, and paired with a Cordier, Saint Emilion, Grand Vin 2006.
Between bites, patrons learned about wine aroma and wine making, entertained and informed by Faustin and his easy knowledgeable approach to wine.
For dessert, some dried fruit and dark pure chocolate was chased by Graham’s Fine Tawny Porto for a smooth, memorable finish.
La Bodega is open for wine purchases on Gutenbergstraat #4, in Oranjestad, the shop sells vintages from Australia, Argentina, Chile, Italy, France, Spain, New Zealand, Portugal, the United States, and South Africa.