The lucky bloggers, journalists, columnists, TV people and the jet-set crowds of Montreal received a personal email invitation to this event. I somehow ended up on that list. This was an event to discover Alsatian wines set and paired with a fabulous Asian inspired meal prepared by Giovanni APOLLO, chef and owner of Restaurant Apollo. I love how the whole kitchen in the back is separated by a huge panel of glass, you can see the kitchen in action all the time.
I was truly a fantastic event with 75 attendees. Rumors say this is the first of 4 events all set to Alsatian wines and various food menus. I certainly hope to attend these future events. Besides the amazing food and wine I also got to meet so many other Montreal food bloggers, mostly the French ones were present. It was a strange reunion feeling as I knew most of them from their blogs, twitter conversations and fabebook comments already. But meeting and befriending them in person was a particular treat.
Now this is not so much a restaurant review, more a showcase (and yes show off) of this magical evening. I won’t discuss the menu or the wines. It was mostly all fabulous, all 12 dishes and all 12 wines. Instead I will present you the menu and accompanying picture. IN RED you can spot my favorites of the evening. Enjoy!
A closer look at the menu
Aperitif – Crémant d’Alsace, Calixte rosé
Canapés – First Port of Call in China
Tofu marinated in ginger, langoustine tartare in lemon balm Pinot blanc, Arthur Metz 2008
Dim sum steamed in bamboo, customary dip Gentil (Pinot gris, Riesling, Muscat and Sylvaner), Hugel 2008
Once the entrées were served, the sparkling and spontaneous Aurelia de busurleweb enthusiastically shared her penchant for the Great White Wines, and especially for Pinot d’Alsace Métiss Domaine Bott Geyl 2006.
Entrées – A Short Cruise to Japan
Tuna and mirin sushi, matcha tea, whipped wasabi and yuzu Riesling “Les Écaillers”, Léon Beyer 2004