Saxon + Parole is a stunning space. It was definitely a treat to dine there.
The dinner was hosted in a private room at the back of the restaurant.
Before everyone arrived, I took a quick pre-dinner photo with the lovely ladies from California Grapes!
And the handsome Executive Chef, Brad Farmerie.
The menu for the evening featured five courses, each of which incorporated grapes from California.
Before dinner, Kris and Karen welcomed everyone and said a few words about grapes and their health benefits and snacking potential.
And then it was time to eat! (Honestly, this meal was epic. Every course just got better and better!)
Chicken liver mousse with grape and black pepper jelly
Chicken liver mousse? Sounds sort of weird, right? Well, it was absolutely delicious when paired with the grape and black pepper jelly. Savory + sweet!
Endive, frisee & baby spinach salad with maple-roasted grapes, and Stilton cheese
Maple-roasted grapes might be my new favorite food—so sweet and so juicy. They tasted amazing with the Stilton cheese. I love stinky, salty cheese paired with sweet ingredients.
Miso-glazed bone marrow with smoked grape and olive marmalade and tasted brioche
The bone marrow was my favorite course of the entire meal (even over dessert). The miso glaze did something crazy-awesome to the flavor. The salty, fatty bone marrow spread on the toasted brioche and paired with smoked grape and olive marmalade was pure heaven.
Black Angus filet mignon with housemade grape steak sauce
The filet mignon was perfectly cooked. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a tender and flavorful piece of meat. I was pretty full at this point in the evening, but I still managed to eat almost the entire portion!
Almond and grape clafoutis with buttered rum ice cream
Mmm… the almond and grape clafoutis with buttered rum ice cream was the perfect way to end the meal. It wasn’t overly sweet and the portion was on the small side, so I enjoyed it without leaving dinner stuffed to the gills.
What a way to end my trip to New York City! Thanks, again, California Grapes!