Saturday, March 16, 2024

Dinner at Larysa's

I know a lot of people in this town thanks to the STLwinegirl, and I ended up at an incredible wine dinner thanks to her as well.

I had seen the STLwinegirl, Angela Ortmann, tagged as the sommelier for a wine dinner for an elegant wine dinner, and I knew I had to sign up for one. When Larysa decided to host a dinner in her home for International Women's Day, for women only, I thought this would be the perfect one to go to. 

Check out her kitchen!

Larysa's Kitchen

In honor of the women, the dinner was much lighter, with seafood highlighted throughout the menu instead of heavy meats. When you have a multi-course dinner, this is the best way to make it through. (Note: I was still stuffed!) 

The menu

In between dinners, I saw that Larysa was selling her French desserts on social media, so I thought it'd be the perfect gift to share with family. I admit that I cheated and met her before the dinner at her house to pick up the desserts. The desserts were amazing and I could not wait to get to a full night's dinner.

When we arrived, waiting for us at the table were a couple of tiered trays full of charcuterie and cheese along with a glass of Cremant sparkling wine!

Table setting

The first course also included bubbles, but this time real Champagne to go along with a Cheese SoufflĂ© with  a red wine sauce poured into the middle after we poked the hole with a spoon.

Cheese Soufflé with Red Wine Sauce, Spring Greens

For the next course, I had razor clams for the first time, paired with a Chablis. I wasn't quite sure how to eat them, but I figured it's like any other shelled seafood. There is a lot more meat in these larger clams!

Razor Clams in White Wine Sauce

I feel like there were two main courses for this dinner since we were served Halibut in a Citrus Beurre Blanc sauce. (I also love the plate!)

Halibut in Citrus Beurre Blanc

And then a deboned Quail Stuffed with Chicken Mousse!

Deboned Quail Stuffed with Chicken Mousse

The Halibut was smartly paired with another white wine, a Sancerre, while the quail was paired with the only red wine of the evening.

Here is the lineup of the wines! All from France to perfectly match up with the French-style courses.

French lineup of wines for the evening

We finished the meal with an amazing dessert, an Exotic Pressed Sable. I really wished we could have started with dessert, because it was incredible. (And there wasn't any chocolate on it!) 

I forgot to take a picture at first, so feel free to google the name so you can see just how beautiful they are in full size.

Exotic Pressed Sable

If you like fine dining and unique experiences, be sure to follow Larysa on social media so you can sign up for one as well!


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