On Tuesday, November 21, The Pig + Fig Café hosted a wine dinner featuring the perfect style of wine to serve during the holidays.
Karen Easton was the wine specialist who chose the wine list for The Bounty of Beaujolais wine dinner. She said, “When I was young I drank a lot of Beaujolais wines. It’s the wine of my youth and it is a young and fresh wine.”
The five wines that Easton chose were
paired with a holiday themed five-course dinner.
“Beaujolais are perfect wines to serve during the holidays,” said Pig + Fig’s co-owner and executive chef, Laura Crucet.
The meal included some unique holiday touches, like the Lamb
Roulade, which was stuffed with cranberries, fresh thyme and spinach. Several people asked if they could buy a jar of the mouthwatering sauce and take it home.
Crucet revealed her secret for anyone who wants to make the sauce at home. “The lamb loin came with the bones in. I removed the bones and made stock, cooking it all day. When the stock was reduced I added some of the red wine, our fig jam and some gelatin, for body.”
This course was paired with the 2016 Jean-Marc Burgard, Morgon Charmes.
The menu featured foods that reflected the light and fresh flavor of the wines: The strawberry trio paired with the 2017 Jean Baronnat Beaujolais Nouveau. The chicken tarragon soup with its shaved winter vegetables in the white wine broth paired with the 2015 Jean-Marc Burgaud, Regnié Vallieres.
The lavender blueberry compote in the Triple Crème Brie course was a hit with several diners, including an elementary school teacher who said, “it melts into my taste buds and makes them sing!”
The Triple Crème Brie was paired with the 2014 Domaine Jean Colot, Morgon Vieilles Vignes Cuvée Unique, a dark ruby wine with a lavender aroma.
This holiday season, the Pig + Fig Café will be celebrating their success with a move into a bigger space. Several people who are near and dear to the Pig + Fig family and who have contributed to their growth were there.
Co-owner Fernando Crucet was there with his fiancée, Barbara.
James Chrobocinski and his wife Jacque were there. Chrobocinski owns the building that the Pig + Fig Café will soon move into, located at 11 Sherwood Blvd.
Suzette Fox is an interior designer who is transforming the new location into an atmosphere that will be both rustic and modern.
Tony Fox is among the elite group of “wine nerds” that help Laura taste and choose wines for upcoming wine dinners. You can often find him helping to pour wine at wine events.
Many of the wines that were served at this dinner are available at Kokoman Fine Wines and Liquor in Pojoaque, NM. Easton works there on the
weekends, especially during the Saturday wine tastings.
The Pig + Fig Café hosts wine and beer dinners every few weeks.
The newsletter subscribers are the first to hear about the special events, and they usually sell out quickly. To get a reservation, visit their website at www.pigandfigcafe.com and join their mailing list.