Cotes du Coeur is probably the most anticipated Food & Wine event of the year in Dallas. It brings together fabulous food and amazing wine all in an effort to raise money for The American Heart Association. I was so excited to be a part of the event this year! My friend Becky and I got all dressed up and immediately hit the photo booth (classic!).
We arrived around 6:30 and sipped champagne while we perused the silent auction items. Those who are attending the Gala, usually go to the Catalog Preview Party where all the wines that will be on auction are revealed. With almost 2000 wines available to choose from, this gives guests the opportunity to find the ones that they must bid on during the silent auction. As for myself, I just enjoyed “window shopping”.
The doors opened around 7pm and so began the wonderful food and wine event. Each winery is paired with a chef. So, each chef prepares one dish and they each have 2 wines that they get to serve with that featured dish. I started off with Richard Chamberlains dish (Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House, Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill) which was Pecan Wood Smoke Beef Tenderloin, Foie Gras Mousse, Bacon-Fig Jam and Caramelized Shallot Potato and was paired with 2010 Martinelli Giuseppe and Luisa Zinfandel and 2011 Herb Lamb Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon.
One of my personal favorites, was from Jim Severson (Sevy’s Grill). He did Strube Ranch Kobe Short Rib, Creamed Poblano Corn, Cabernet Ancho Sauce and Caramelized Spring Onions which was paired with 2012 Hall Napa Valley Merlot & 2012 Sequoia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Kent Rathbun (Abacus, Jasper’s, Rathbun’s Kitchen at 6130) prepared an amazing duck breast that was Pepper Crusted Duck Breast with Toasted Israeli Cous Cous, & Dried Peach Demi. His was paired with Merry Edwards Winery & 2013 Sojourn Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir
Another favorite was from John Tesar (Knife). Korean BBQ’d Flat Iron Steak Kimchi with Korean Vegetable Pancake and Kimchi Butter.
My favorite wine of the evening was the 2010 Domaine Paul Blanck Grand Cru Schlossberg Riesling which went with the Smoked Foie Gras and Short-Rib Torchon, Pickled Ramps and a Fresno Jam by Bruno Davaillon (Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek)
Here are a few more food photos:
The real challenge is not deciding which dish is your favorite. But, in figuring out how you are going to carry all these small plates plus your wine back to your table with only 2 hands. Becky tested her skills…needless to say I think she’s a pro!
It was a fun filled night with great food, wine, and friends!
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can get involved, click here.
See you next year!