Thursday, August 4, 2011

Lakeside Dinner

We attended a lovely lakeside dinner, provided by friends who "won" the dinner at a fundraiser earlier this year.    We were very happy to be guests for the event.

The cooks, Ann C. and Louise, have been donating a dinner for over 10 years now, and each year they find a way to outdo themselves. Bottles and Corks pairs delicious wines for their menu.

This year the Grilled Salmon Wrapped in Lemon and Bay Leaves, served with Potatoes Simmered in Saffron Butter, was the star. 

The whole fish was coated with olive oil and salt, then wrapped in lemon slices and fresh bay leaves.

It was grilled it at 350 degrees until the internal temperature was 160 degrees.

The starters were beautiful and delicious too.

Herbed Zucchini Spirals were made with walnut pesto.

A layered torta was made with Pesto, Olive Tapenade, Roasted Red Peppers, and Goat Cheese.

Fresh Corn Soup, topped with Roasted Corn Guacamole, was the first course.

They made bread twists to go along with the soup.

A lovely garden salad with yellow tomatoes and peaches followed.

Then, they served the fish.  It was so moist and bright tasting due to the lemons.  The bay leaves did not overpower the fish.

Later, we had Warm Peach Shortcakes with Bourbon-Brown Sugar Cream.   Yum!

Our favorite wine pairings were the Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir 2008 (Willamette Valley, Oregon) with the salmon, and the soft Mastroberardino Falanghina 2009 (Sannio, Campania, Italy) with the hors d'oeuvres.

It was a beautiful evening all around.  Hats off to Ann C., Louise and Mary Beth!


  1. I talked with Ann C. at the supermarket when she was shopping for ingredients for this dinner. Heard all the plans and was so jealous of those of you who would get to partake. Fresh bay leaves! Never thought of using such a thing; now I will. The photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for sharing, Barb! It was a treat to plan and prepare!