You would've thought that was the main course, right? Well I suppose it was... along with the next dish of black garlic and oat-crusted lamb loin with fennel pure and Apple Street Farm winter vegetables. I don't eat lamb that often, but this was delicious! And the fennel puree a very yummy accompaniment.
Of course there was a cheese course! From mild to pungent (L to R): Brie de Meaux (France), a sheep's milk cheese (Vermont), Le Chevrot (France), Organic Champlain Triple (Vermont), Cabot Cloth-Bound Cheddar (Vermont), Colorouge (Colorado), Caveman Blue (Oregon).
To accompany the cheese there were wine-poached apricots, candied walnuts, local honey and baguette slices. This could've been a meal in itself!! I seem to recall my favorite being the Champlain Triple, but it was tough to choose.
The pear jasmine sorbet that followed was delightful. Light and delicious, this was definitely a winner. That was dessert, right? Wrong.
We ended the meal (appropriately!) with the chocolate decadence torte, served with vanilla ice cream. Rich but not too dense (or maybe my senses had been skewed by this point?), it stood no chance!!
A wonderful afternoon with a good friend , incredible food, and a kings' treatment, lunch at L'Espalier was one for the books! I was proud of myself for trying so many things I hadn't tried before or thought I didn't like (oysters, lobster, escargot, caviar, mussels, foie gras), but if I ever have another opportunity to do something like this, I'll likely opt for the vegetarian tasting :)
Which course would have been your favorite? One you might not have wanted to try?