Farmhouse Italian Recap

Here's the menu from our August 18 dinner:

Cocktail Hour
Signore Dentellare (Drusian Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, Campari and Home-Preserved Sour Cherries)
Vignette Wine Country Sodas (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay)

Fava Bean, Barrata and Pecorino Crostinis

Charcuterie: Prosciutto di Parma, Hot Coppa and Salami Toscana
Grilled Figs with Mascarpone and Basil
Arctic Queen Nectarines with White Balsamic Vinegar and Pink Peppercorns
Stuffed Squash Blossoms
Italian Cheeses
Marinated Vegetables and Olives, Roasted Beets
Salad of Arugula and Shaved Fennel and Radish

Sudtirol-Alto Adige Eisacktaler Sylvaner (2005)

Pasta Course
Spaghetti with Meyer Lemon and Cream Sauce

Main Course
Arista alla Porchetta with Cannellini Beans

Enzo Boglietti Tiglineri Dolcetto d'Alba (2004)
Monleale Vigneti Massa Barbera (2003)

Lemon-Soaked Saffron Panna Cotta with Raspberries
Coffee, Courtesy of Cafe La Semuese ("never bitter") and Intelligentsia

Special thanks to Alisha for graciously cleaning up, prepping, and keeping things moving in the kitchen; to Mike and others for the fantastic impromptu live music; to Pat at Vignette for the delicious Wine Country Sodas; to Marc G. at La Semeuse for the evening's wind-down decaf; to Marc J. (Yes, that Marc!) at Intelligentsia for more coffee and high-tech and -end instruments to make our heads spin; to Mary for the stunning floral arrangement; and to Ian at Arlequin for wine-pairing. And, of course, we could never do any of it without Grace and Will.

Next up: FOUX DA FA FA (FRANCE) - SEPT. 15. More details soon...