I thought I'd share with those of you who couldn't make it photos of the delicious dishes. Including the reception of Ipswich clams (served community style at each table) the five courses and five wines for $59.95 represents a great meal deal. Throw in a little discussion of each wine and the opportunity to try different flavors from afar course-by-course, well it's gourmet eatertainment.
The reception, a petite morsure starter of Fried Ipswich clams was paired with Cristalino sparkling wine.
First course, the Maine lobster roll was possible thanks to friend Willy Warner at Steve Connolly Seafood in Boston, who not only shipped us the fresh lobster, but the Wonder"ful" New England style hot dog buns. From the top they look like regular buns, but the sides are like oval slices of bread, which you butter and then brown on a griddle. This was paired with a California Chardonnay, Calera from the Central coast.
On to two lovely seared scallops from the Georges Bank, accompanied by a colorful succotash and lemon thyme butter. Accompanying was a dry, clear Mauritson Sauvignon Blanc.
The "main" course, a maple glazed beautifully rare sliced venison was served with a side of Johnny cakes, beets, broccoli and a mushroom sauce was paired with Mauritson's 2006 Dry Creek Zinfandel.
The meal ender, a delicious fresh berry cobbler with lime whipped cream was paired with an Argentinian Torrontes, Finca La Linda 2008.
The seafood for this meal was flown fresh, overnight from Boston along with the hot dog buns. Steve Connolly's has an exclusive retail arrangement with TJ's Seafood Market, and if you want to try your own New England roll, they could probably source the authentic bread for you if you called ahead.