There's nothing that symbolizes romantic love quite like chocolate and wine. So, if you're searching for some seductive dishes that will let your honey know how you feel on Valentine's Day, come to the upcoming class presented by the San Diego chapter of Les Dames D'Escoffier International and Chefs Bernard Guillas and Ron Oliver of the Marine Room.
The class, "An Aphrodisiac Dinner for Your Valentine," will be held on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Macy's Mission Valley Home Store School of Cooking. It will include a tempting three-course menu tasting and each course is paired with wine.
The menu comes from the chefs's recent cookbook, Flying Pans: Two Chefs, One World, and includes:
- Cocoa Nib Spiced Spanish Tuna Crudo with Artichoke Asparagus Salad, Orange Gastrique, and Pecorino
- Achiote Rubbed Fillet Mignon, Ancho Cacao Sauce, Arroz Verde, and Pepitas
- Kona Kahlua Tart and Crystallized Ginger Creme Fresca (recipe below)
A portion of the event's proceeds will benefit a variety of social and scholarship projects, including The Tomorrow Project, Rachel's Women's Center, the Culinary Arts Program at St. Vincent De Paul Village, the Organic Garden at St. Madeleine Sophie's Center, Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center, and the Culinary Arts Program at the Art Institute of California-San Diego.
Tickets are $40 each in advance (before Jan. 28) and $45 at the door. To purchase tickets, send a check to:
LDEI, SD c/o Carol Blomstrom
1762 Garnet Ave.
San Diego, CA 92109
Or go to the Macy's Mission Valley Home Store events page to view the flyer for more information about reservations.
And, here's a preview of one of the dishes you'll be sampling:
|Photo courtesy of Gregory Bertolini|
Candied Ginger Crema