The July lunch was preceded by the 51st AGM of the Society and was held in the Royal Exchange Club (REX). This lunch was organised by Siew Clough and 24 members and 1 guest attended.
As usual at the AGM a new committee was formed and members were asked to elect to organise the 11 monthly lunches for the coming year. One of our members talked on her recent trip to Europe with the International Wine & Food Society and, in particular, a wonderful meal in a Michelin star restaurant in Budapest.
The lunch commenced with a glass of NV Charles Pelletier Grande Reserve Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay from the Loire Valley, France and two canapes :
Caramelised pumpkin and goat’s cheese tart with roasted red capsicum pesto
Thai salad of prawns, pineapple and coriander served in a spoon
The main dishes were :
Wild Barramundi with cauliflower puree, grilled asparagus and lemon thyme, heirloom tomatoes
Lamb backstrap with sweet potato and feta mash, baby English spinach, french beans, honey roasted carrots
Chicken supreme breast with creamy mash, baby spinach, green beans and harissa sauce
All accompanied with bowls of green salad and chips
The Barramundi was moist with a crisp skin on the outside and enjoyed.
The lamb backstrap had been cooked rare and for those that do not like rare meat, was not to their taste.
The chicken was very tender and tasty and it was considered could have been organically grown.
The mains were served with the following wines :
2014 Moppity Vineyard 12 Signs Pinot Grigio
2014 Gibson “Dirtman” Barossa Valley Shiraz
The Gibson ‘Dirtman’ was a good wine to pair with the lamb.
The meal finished with a cheese plate consisting of a variety of three cheeses – a French Brie, English Cheddar and a Roquefort Blue.
The cheese was paired with a mystery wine where all present participated in a wine options game to guess the red wine. The winner took home a bottle of Pirramimma Petit Verdot from Mclaren Vale.
The chef, Peter, came out to speak to the ladies and talked specifically on where he sourced his produce from, especially the chicken.