With the fall season upon us, Lacs et des Bois Bailliage decided to use apples, a bountiful fall fruit as the focus for the Nov. 11, 2018 event. One of America’s fondest legends is about Johnny Appleseed, a folk hero and pioneer apple farmer in the 1800s. There really was a Johnny Appleseed and his real name was John Chapman. He was born in Leominster, Massachusetts in 1774.

He kept ahead of the settlements, each year planting apple seeds farther west.

Chef Roberto Millan was given the challenge of creating a menu that included apples in some way for each course of the dinner. Chef Millan took on the task with glee as he headed into the kitchen to create the passed appetizers and four-course meal to commemorate the theme for the evening.

As the guests sat down to dinner, they were asked to reflect upon each course so that at the end of the evening a vote could be taken to see which course was the most creative, which was their favorite, and which one made the best use of apple as a signature ingredient. This task resulted in spirited discussion at each table and made for a memorable evening for all in attendance!

The Roasted Pumpkin and Apple Soup won in all categories, garnering the most votes for creativity, favorite dish and the best use of apples.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, each dish received votes in at least one category, proving that Chef Roberto achieved his goal.

Menu

Bites
Apple Honey Crostini: Pink Lady Apples, Smoked Provolone, Pomegranate Seeds, Honey
2009 Monzio Compagnoni Millesimato Rose Brut
Franciacorta DOCG, Italy

1st Course
Roasted Pumpkin and Apple Soup: Roasted Pumpkin, Jazz Apples, Fresh Ginger , Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Applesauce Crème Fraiche garnish
Antonopolous Vineyards, Adoli Ghis 2016
Peloponnese, Greece

2nd Course
Skate with Apple Gastrique: Beet Gnocchi, Compressed Apple
Trere “Lona Bona” Sangiovese 2017
Emilia-Romagna, Italy

3rd Course
Marinated Skirt Steak: Braeburn Apple/Mushroom Risotto, Cherry Port Sauce
2006 Sempre Vive Petite Verdot
Calistoga, Napa Valley, CA

Dessert
Spicy Chocolate Apple Rose: Apples and Caramel rolled in Chocolate Cake, dusted with Cocoa Powder
Eric Bordelet Sidre Tendre NV
Apple Cider, Normandy, France

Photos by Steve Kenny, Officier, Des Lacs et des Bois