Lacroix’s 10th Anniversary dinner was an incredible experience for 80 lucky guests who were able to reserve a seat. In collaboration with 10 past chefs who put together a fantastic culinary journey through 10 magnificent courses and paired with marvelous 10 wines.
When you gather this many gastronomes in one place the conversations are going to be informative and fun. We were lucky enough to be seated with wonderful dinner guests and never seemed to be at a loss for words about our favorite topic…you got it, food!
The wait staff was very attentive. They seemed to be reading our minds and anticipate our every desire; poof, in a blink of an eye, they magically appeared by your side. Having attentive wait staff creates the most enjoyable dining experience.
Each dish was better than the next, my top 3 were:
1) Chef Lee Styer, Co-owner Fond Restaurant with his delectable lobster, golden beets and truffle was my favorite dish of the evening!
2) Close runner up was Chef Michael Fiorella from Garces Group who served up his version of an Italian classic tortellini with a twist…pistachio tortellini with rabbit and cherries, decadence in a bowl!
3) I don’t know which chef created the pork belly with avocado cream hors d’oeuvre; it was scrumptious, crispy on the outside, moist, tender, and succulent on the inside. I have been craving some ever since!
4) Special mention goes to Chef Fred Ortega of Lacroix at the Rittenhouse for his luscious chocolate with cardamom and salted caramel dessert.
And there were some outstanding wines – our table all agreed that Jeffrey Mayfield, head sommelier at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse did an incredible job pairing up wines with every course. Sampling wines for all 10 courses, I wonder how many glasses of wine he tasted before arriving at the perfect selection for 10 courses. Some people have all the luck. The best wine of the evening was a 2011 Pinot Noir from William Murray Estate, Willamette Valley, Oregon.
Would you like to taste some of Chef Lee Styer’s exquisite morsels? Reserve your culinary tour with friends, family and co-workers now; they make great gifts for the holiday season.