New South Wales Bailliage
Trying to perfectly poach 15 eggs for the first course of a Chaîne Standard meal is one of my craziest exploits! The problem was, though the kitchen was generous and well equipped, and I had a very competent co-cook, David Feighan, with me, we were not fully conversant with the vagaries of the stoves and the eggs were not cooking evenly.
The poached eggs were part of a seven course (and two serious canapés) dinner for Members and Guests at the gracious Hunter Valley vineyard residence of Dr Bruce Caldwell and Australian Mezzo Soprano Deborah Humble.
The idiocy of trying to recreate a signature dish (Oeuf Mollet, Petits Pois et Jambon de Pays) at the Michelin Two Starred Le Gavroche in London aside, the night worked splendidly. It is for others to judge on the standard, but members and guests left late at night with smiles on their faces.
The wines on the night were kindly provided by our ongoing supporter of the Young Sommeliers Competition and member, Ross Anderson, and his Six Nations Wine Challenge. Ross faced his own challenge when he was confronted by the seven course menu, but undaunted he delved into his wine archive and brought forward a fascinating selection of trophy winners from the 2017 competition.
All wines were in splendid condition and all wines were interesting. https://sixnationswine.com.au/
The festivities continued the next day when we regrouped for a Champagne Brunch. We chose the new Laurent-Perrier Cuvée for the Champagne, which was exceptional value.
While the Chaîne is clearly about events at interesting venues we have found here in NSW that the occasional member hosted event is well received.
The craziness will continue next year. Bruce and Deborah are becoming members and we are discussing dates.
Thanks to the Crown Resort for a good rate for attendees. A special thanks to Bruce and Deborah, to Ross, to David, who fought valiantly with Jetstar to fly to and from Melbourne, and to the members and guests who battled with the M1 to get to the Hunter.
Crevettes servi sur glace
Tomate, fraises et huile d'olive gazpacho
Oeuf Mollet, Petits Pois et Jambon de Pays Le Gavroche
Salade Grecque ‘Reconstruite ‘
Le Floater Bailli Délégué
Filet de boeuf, boeuf haché et jus au thym
A classic French dish, again with a slight twist
Honorer pomme de terre et légumes
Torte au chocolat, poire et noisette au gingembre infusé lavna douce
Plateau de Fromage
Café et thé
Bombay Sapphire vs Malfy
Vins d'Amérique du Nord et d'Australie
Rotie Cellars Southern White (50% Viognier, 35% Rousanne and 15% Marsanne)
Walla Walla Valley Washington State, USA 2016
Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay,
Margaret River, Australia 2015
Savage Grace Cabernet Franc, Rattlesnake Hills,
Washington State, USA 2015
Blue Pyrenees Estate Red (Cabernet Sauvignon 73%, Merlot 19%, Shiraz 4% and Malbec 4%),
Western Victoria, Australia 2013
Pillitteri Estates Reserve Ice Wine Riesling,
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada 2013
Vintage Port Bottled for Rothbury Estate Members,
Barossa Valley 1981