Last night was the 11th Annual Gourmet Granary Candlelight Dinner in Lemont, Pennsylvania. The event was catered by EcoVents and benefited the Lemont Village Association.It was a cool evening, perfect to enjoy a Spanish themed multi-course meal in the John I. Thompson Grain Elevator and Coal Sheds.
To start there were cracked marinated Spanish olives, salted almonds, a selection of cheeses, figs with goat cheese and serrano ham, and a variety of empanadas: mushroom and cheese, chicken and poblano cream cheese and beef and potato. I tried two of the empanadas and the fig with goat cheese and ham. My favorite was definitely the figs.
We joined three other couples at our table for the rest of the meal.
The next course was a salad with arugula, grapes, and almonds with a saba vinaigrette and bread made my Ron and Sue Smith.
The next course was a pumpkin and bean soup.
The main course included papas bravas
Basque-style chicken with prosciutto and olives
and chick peas and chorizo (which was my favorite part of the main course).
Dessert followed with coffee from Cafe Lemont and a cherry almond tart.
Once again, it was a lovely event with a great crowd.
We went to Philadelphia for the Thanksgiving weekend to visit our families.
Wednesday night was the first night of Hanukkah so we made potato latkes for dinner. My mom had both baking and sweet potatoes and we found this Cooking Light Two-Potato Latkes recipe for the ingredients.
We opted for the not so light but more traditional cooking method.
We had both sour cream and applesauce for our latkes, along with a childhood favorite, cornflake chicken, and steamed green beans. I am not a huge potato fan so adding the sweet potatoes into these latkes made them perfect for me.
We also had this great hard cider with dinner.
Good Intent Cider is my friend Jenn and her husband Adam’s business. They make it on his family farm in Gettysburg and it is so good. This version is a special bourbon barrel aged cider and it’s dry with a hint of bourbon flavor. It was the perfect compliment to our dinner.
There are still a few more nights of Hanukkah but the latkes are a great side dish any time of year. We even warmed the leftovers in a pan the next morning and made an egg hash for breakfast. And if you are in Gettysburg or State College, definitely try Good Intent Cider.
Last night we enjoyed a great dinner catered by EcoVents and spent time with some of our neighbors. It was a beautiful evening on rather cool day for mid-September and the space, as usual, was charming and rustic.
Appetizers including Baked Brie, Roasted Balsamic Strawberry & Goat Cheese Canape, Honey-Roasted Onion Tart, Fromage Fort, and Bagettes were being served when we arrived.
When we were seated, we started with an Apple Walnut Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing.
Next was the French Lentil Soup. I think this was by far my favorite course of the entire meal.
I sort of forgot to take pictures of the entire main course (maybe I was just that excited to taste it!) but here is the Filet with Mushrooms and Red Wine Sauce. As you can see it was done perfectly. There was also a Potato Gratin with Gruyere and Pappardelle with a Fricassee of Wild Mushrooms.
And for a dessert a Fresh Pear Tarte. I only had a few bites of mine and while I am sure it was good, I’m just not a huge fan of cooked fruit.
I had a planning meeting this afternoon for a spring 5K race at Cafe Lemont.
I love this place. It opened maybe a year or so ago and it’s always filled when I go there. It’s cozy and friendly and the owners advocate for all things local – food producers, artists, community events, etc. They’ve been especially helpful in exploring the opportunity to open a farmer’s market in Lemont this spring.
Look at this cute little scarf by the register.
Their coffee is great, but the number one thing I’ve ever had for breakfast in this town is the Egg, Pesto and Cream Cheese sandwich.
The bread is a little toasted, the egg is hot and it makes the cream cheese a little melty and the pesto a bit warm. And it sounds like an odd combination but these things were made for each other.
Don’t get me wrong. I need a Waffle Shop fix every now and then for traditional breakfast offerings, Irving’s is great for a bagel and The Corner Room has my best fruit cup (no melon!). But until someone gets more innovative with breakfast in this town (I just want to find a great breakfast burrito), I vote this number one.