I was recently sworn in as an American citizen and decided that as much as possible, it was to be an all American food and wine day. This meant lunch at the Red Cat with some new American food. Ok, I have a mild bias against American wines and we didn't drink American wine with lunch since we found a great value on a Spanish Txakolina. The debate as to what would be eaten for dinner was still being waged, so we talked to the chef afterwards about the dilemma of what defines American cuisine. The consistent response to this question seemed to be: since America is the ultimate melting pot, shop at the farmers market and pick up what looks good to you.
Here's the all-American menu and wine pairings that we enjoyed to celebrate the proud occasion of me officially joining the ranks of American citizen.
Sardine Pate with Toast Points
Wine: Schramsberg J. Schram 1996
Iceberg Lettuce Wedge with Flying Pigs Farm Bacon, Beefsteak Tomatoes, Blue Cheese Dressing, Crumbled Blue Cheese
Wine: Schramsberg J. Schram 1996, Martin Ray La Montana Cabernet Sauvignon
Cornish Hen with Figs and Thyme, Potato Gratin, Green Beans
Wine: Martin Ray La Montana Cabernet Sauvignon, Ridge 1989 Geyserville, Chateau Montelena 1998 Calistoga Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon
Tea Cake with Farmer's Market Raspberries and Blueberries with Whipped Cream