We were installing the last few pieces into our new tasting room, when our furniture designer Jason commented that the room looked “Back Alley Tuscan” and It described perfectly what we were going for – rustic with a time-worn burnish and a few mementos pointing to our love of travel. We’d been planning for months, picking up a marble table top in Agra near the Taj Mahal on a recent trip to India, commissioning our friend Helga to print on metal an amazing photo of the Musée d’Orsay cafeteria she had taken and finally the harvest table and bench made by Jason of West Coast Wood and Iron from reclaimed BC timber.
This new space is huge for us, as previously we conducted tastings in our rather small office. This required it to be regularly “made over” for the purpose which also meant that all other work stopped.
We officially broke the room in May 3rd. with a tasting for an upcoming September wedding. The menu theme of which is “Paris Bistro” – and that means comfort food classics. We created entreés that included Sole Meunière with Mushroom Risotto Cake and Heirloom Carrots, a deconstructed Seafood Tower and a selection of delectable appys like Bruschetta and Tomato Shortcake to name but a few.
Laurent, our French chef, executed this menu perfectly (it’s in the blood). Not fancy, but that also means there’s nothing to hide behind. This is also a menu that has very wide palate appeal.