Meritage hosts Tour de France dinners
If you're wondering what to to with your newly free schedule after the World Cup watching dries up, check out Meritage's lineup of Tour de France-themed dinners, designed to "tour" the food and wine traditions of various regions of the French countryside. This Friday, and the seven following Fridays, Meritage will offer a special, three-ourse menu exploring the foods, wines, and cheeses unique to each region.
Having recently returned from a trip to Paris, the Kleins are serving a "Tour" of regional menus.
Hot Dish checked in with chef/owner Russell Klein, who had just returned from a trip to Paris with his wife/business partner, Desta, to get more details.
The tour dinners kick off with Languedoc-Roussillon, which is the region in which Klein spent almost a year training. The menu will include fois gras mousse, duck confit with duck fat potatoes, and a fig tart for a cost of $35.
Menu pricing may adjust slightly each week, and optional wine pairings for each region will be available. Klein shared a few tidbits on what to expect:
"In Alsace we will do a tart flambe," he says. [Ed. Tart flambe is like a French pizza, and if they're anything like the ones I've had recently at Pardon My French in Eagan, they should be delicious.] "In the Loire we will do quennells de brochet with crayfish. [Ed. Quennells refers to a food formed into a small, football shape and makes for an awesome Scrabble play! Brochet is pike.] In Brittany we will do a caramelized apple crepe with Devonshire cream, and when we get to Provence, we will take advantage of the one time of year Minnesota resembles Provence--if you squint hard and imagine--and make use of great vegetables."
Here's the lineup of regions. Check the website for more details on the weekly menus.
July 9: Languedoc-Roussillon
July 16: Pays Basque
July 23: Bordeaux
July 30: Brittany-Normandy
Aug 6: Loire
Aug 13: Burgundy
Aug 20: Alsace
Aug 27: Provence