Blue Hill at Stone Barns, August 23, 2007

Blue Hill at Stone Barns
"A Night of Music and Food"
"Una Noche de Musica y Comida"
August 23, 2007

The evening started out with a concert in the Hay Barn titled The Music of Spain. I will list the performance titles/notes below the photos of food. It was a very nice performance and a perfect way to whet our appetites for an evening of Spanish cooking. A Thursday night like this makes all the difference in the world. The food was fantastic and despite the limited amount of protein on the menu, Danna and I were perfectly sated (if not bordering on stuffed). The wines were excellent and appropriate for each part of the meal.

We started out with Avinyo Cava Nadal, Spain (N.V.) - something I've had before and genuinely enjoy. Next up (for the lettuce and squash dishes) was a surprising choice: 2004 Lieb Cellars (Chardonnay) from Long Island. As Sonya, the diner to my left (and, as luck would happen, a colleague of our standard dining partner Doug) correctly noted - didn't have the oakyness you'd expect. This was a refreshing wine. But my favorite wine of the evening was the 2004 Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses Priorat, served for the eggplant/sea bass and bok choy/turkey dishes. I could drink this wine for nearly any occasion. In my opinion, a perfect summer red.

The meal was remarkable. I'll let the menu (and photos) speak for itself...

macerated stone barns' tomatoes in a salad with clams and purslane

roasted lettuce with wild mushroom carpaccio and pea ravioli
little squid, curry and onion cream
eggplant confit with chanterelle mushrooms and wild striped bass

Bok Choy
sauteed bok choy on turkey with "pepitovia"

Apricots and Plums
en papillote

Apricots and Plums
after opening

Petit Fours
mint sorbet and chocolate croquettes

Chef Fernando del Cerro of Casa Jose (Aranjuez (near Madrid), Spain) and guests at our table. Sorry for the poor quality of this photo

Summer Concert in the Hay Barn: The Music of Spain

Quintet for Guitar and Strings, No. 4 in D Major

by Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

* Allegro Maestoso

* Pastorale

* Grave Asssai - Fandango

Performed by Sharon Roffman, Nurit Pacht, Yonah Zur, Ella Toovy, Rami Vamos and Melvin Chen

Sonata K. 208 for Guitar Solo

by Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)

Andante et Cantabile

Performed by Rami Vamos

La Oracion del Torero for String Quartet

by Joaquin Turina (1882-1949)

Performed by Nurit Pacht, Sharon Roffman, Yonah Zur, Ella Toovy

Suite Populaire Espagnole for Violin and Guitar

by Manuel de Falla Cancion (1847-1946)

Performed by Sharon Roffman, Rami Vamos

Galician Folk Dances for String Quartet (World Premier)

by Octavio Vasquez (1972-)

Performed by Nurit Pacht, Sharon Roffman, Yonah Zur, Ella Toovy


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