11th Annual Gourmet Granary Candlelight Dinner

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.Granary Gourmet Dinner - LemontIt was a cool evening, perfect to enjoy a Spanish themed multi-course meal in the John I. Thompson Grain Elevator and Coal Sheds.

Outside the Granary, Lemont, PAThe evening started with plenty of appetizers and wine from Mt. Nittany Winery and beer from Otto’s Pub and Brewery.

AppetizersTo 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.

empanadas and figWe joined three other couples at our table for the rest of the meal.

table one in the granaryThe next course was a salad with arugula, grapes, and almonds with a saba vinaigrette and bread made my Ron and Sue Smith.

salad with arugula, grapes and almondsThe next course was a pumpkin and bean soup.

pumpkin and bean soupThe main course included papas bravas

papas bravasvegetarian paella

vegetarian paellaBasque-style chicken with prosciutto and olives

Basque-style chicken with prosciutto and olives and chick peas and chorizo (which was my favorite part of the main course).

chick peas and chorizoDessert followed with coffee from Cafe Lemont and a cherry almond tart.

cherry almond tartOnce again, it was a lovely event with a great crowd.

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2013 Granary Gourmet Dinner

It’s been two years since we were last at the Granary Gourmet Dinner. The evening is a benefit to support the Lemont Village Association.

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.

Lemont Granary Dinner Table Wheel at Lemont Granary Lemont Granary dinner table twoAppetizers including Baked Brie, Roasted Balsamic Strawberry & Goat Cheese Canape, Honey-Roasted Onion Tart, Fromage Fort, and Bagettes were being served when we arrived.

Baked Brie Roasted Balsamic Strawberry & Goat Cheese Canape Honey-Roasted Onion Tart, Fromage Fort, BagettesAnd there was beer from Otto’s and wine from Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery.

Otto's beer Happy Valley Winery WhiteHappy Valley Winery RedWhen we were seated, we started with an Apple Walnut Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing.

Apple Walnut Salad

Next was the French Lentil Soup.  I think this was by far my favorite course of the entire meal.

French Lentil SoupI 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.

Filet with with Mushrooms and Red Wine Sauce

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.

Fresh Pear TartIt was a wonderful evening as usual.

 

The best breakfast sandwich in Lemont (probably in all of State College)

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.