2010 Annual Méchoui

24 July 2010

Reported by Maureen Murphy

The sun was out, the greens were dry and the stage was set for the lawn bowling lessons thanks to the volunteers from the Elmdale Lawn Bowling Club. This was how we started our second joint event with Slow Food Ottawa and the philosophy was local food, local beverages. We tasted four Ontario wines with the appetizers including one from Navan! The Featherstone Cabernet Franc was the surprise hit; a bargain at $16.95.

The meal was declared ‘fantastic’ by everyone. The lamb, barbequed on Sylvain’s hand-made BBQ was juicy and delightful, the salads tasty, and the cheeses with the pavlova accompanied by the prize-winning

Late Harvest Riesling were a great end to the meal. Although the Vaqueras was the favourite wine of many, the overwhelming choice for best match for the lamb

was the Zinfandel with its dried fruit and black pepper note (12% Syrah). We owe a big debt of gratitude to the kitchen volunteers from Slow Food who worked many hours to deliver such a feast (Sylvain de Margerie, Sylvie Malboef, NCSG Governor Gay Cooke, Linda Thom and Sylvie Girard).

Appetizers

Lobsters with Home Made Mayonnaise and Chives on a Crustini
Gazpacho in a Glass
Mushroom Surprises
Herb-Encrusted Lamb Liver and Kidneys

13th Street Cuvée 13 Rosé, 2006, Ontario
Domaine Perrault Marilys Rosé, 2007, Navan
13th Street June’s Vineyard Riseling, 2008, Ontario
Malivoire Gamay Noir, Ontario
Featherstone Cabernet Franc, 2008, Ontario
Cranberry Juice, Sparkling Pear Cider, Apple Cider

Main

Lamb with Cumin-Lemon-Zest and Mint-Rose-Petal Condiments
Mini Spiced Beef Sausages
Roasted Corn and Blueberry Salad
Strawberry and Baby Spinach with Maple Dressing
Green and Yellow Beans
Lentil Salad
Seasonal Cruditées

Flat Rock Cellars Unplugged Chardonnay, Ontario
Napa Cellars Zinfandel, 2007, California
Domaine Du Peloux Vacqueyras, 2007, Rhone Valley

Cheese

Ewes’ Milk Cheese Collection from Canreg Station

Château Des Charmes Late Harvest Riesling, 2007, Ontario

Dessert

Pavlova with Fresh Berries

Mint Tea (mint from Bruno’s garden) with local honey