Thursday, October 7, 2010

Opus One Michigan Harvest Dinner

I get a lot of emails about a lot of dinners but this one sounds UH-mazing! All Michigan-sourced products including wines and cheese from Black Star Farms, and DAMN what a menu. Opus One always impresses and the wine selection is an exceptional showcase of what Michigan's vineyards are capable of; this is definitely worth your $65.

From Opus One via email:
We are having a special five-course Michigan dinner scheduled on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 6:30pm. What makes this dinner unique is that we will be serving primarily products of the State of Michigan. The main entrée is a 4H Blue Ribbon Steer from the Clare County Fair. The fish are all from the Great Lakes. The cheeses are all from local artisan cheese makers. The fruits and vegetables will all be locally grown. The breads, sauces, dressings, and ice cream will be made at Opus One Restaurant. The wines will all be from the award winning winery Black Star Farms located just outside Suttons Bay on the Leelanau Peninsula. Black Star Farms swept all of the winery awards this year and the winery owner Don Coe will be in attendance. The cost for this dinner is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. Please join for this very unique evening. Attendance is limited and a credit card is needed to reserve seating.

Opus One Michigan Harvest Dinner
Thursday, October 14, 2010
6:30 pm
$65 per person
(plus tax & gratuity)

Passed Hors D'oeuvres

Crisp Walleye Fingers
With basil aioli

Grilled Duck Pizza
With dried cherry and caramelized onion

Smoked Whitefish Pate
On spinach pancake

Chilled Poached King Salmon
On potato cake, cucumber dill cream

Black Star Farms Brut Sparkling Wine NV


Michigan Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad
Gass Centennial Farms greens, basil, red onion, Michigan cheeses, and red wine vinaigrette
Balsamic drizzle and pesto bruschetta

Black Star Farms Arcturos Riesling 2009

First Orchestration

Great Lakes Duo
Sautéed Michigan Lake Perch
With remoulade sauce

Pan-Seared Fillet of Walleye
With sauce Cardinal

Black Star Farms Arcturos Sur Lie Chardonnay 2009

Second Orchestration
(Choose one in our drawing)

Char-grilled Clare County 4-H farm raised
'Blue Ribbon' Ribeye Steak
Char-grilled ribeye steak with Morel mushroom sauce, herbed fingerling potatoes and roasted butternut squash

Char-grilled Clare County 4-H farm raised
'Blue Ribbon' New York Style Strip Steak
Char-grilled Strip steak with Morel Mushroom sauce, herbed fingerling potatoes and roasted butternut squash

Char-Grilled Clare County 4-H farm raised
'Blue Ribbon' Filet Mignon
Char-grilled Filet mignon presented on celery root mashed potatoes with roasted fall vegetables and Black Star farms red wine demi-glace then garnished with herb butter and sweet potato hay
Black Star Farms Arcturos Cabernet Franc 2008

Cheese Course
(Editor's note: can I have two please?)

Trio of Michigan Artisan Cheeses
Blackstar Farms cave aged Raclette (<----sooooo good)
Grassfield Farms organic Lamont Cheddar
Great Lakes Cheshire (Calder Dairy Cows Milk)

With house baked baguettes, locally roasted nuts and fresh fruits

Black Star Farms Merlot Cabernet Franc
'Leorie Vineyard' 2007
(Editor's note: This wine is SUPERB, possibly the highlight of the whole list.)


Warm Apple and Cherry Crisp Tart
Served with Opus One black cherry ice cream

Black Star Farms Sirus Cherry Dessert Wine