Thursday, April 17, 2014

Primal Preview Wine Dinner

Sometimes I feel so lucky and blessed and LOVED that I just have to pinch myself!

This past week for my birthday, one of my dear friends gifted Parrish and I two tickets to the MEAL OF A LIFETIME!

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As if my post earlier this week didn’t brag enough about my local gluten free options, I am happy to say that this summer one of my favorite restaurants, Blu Seafood, is opening a COMPLETELY gluten free restaurant: Primal Food and Spirits.

Executive Chef and Owner Tim Lyons is creating a local food focused menu with delicious meat and veggies – all options are naturally gluten free, which is my favorite way to eat! Gluten free substitutes are great, but for me, I love yummy foods that are naturally safe for me to eat.

So last night Parrish and I had the pleasure of attending the Primal Preview Wine Dinner:

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To say we were excited is an understatement. I practically stalk their Facebook page for upcoming news about when they’re going to open!

The meal was four courses, and each course was paired with a wine:

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Funnily enough, I commented to Parrish that none of the wines were something I would order on my own – so I was excited to branch out and try new things.

Our first course came and we nearly died.

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Pasture-Raised Pork Belly Poached in Olive Oil with Sour Orange Mustard

It was so FREAKIN’ good! The pork belly was perfection and I literally licked up the sour orange mustard.

Second course:

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Bacon Wrapped Dates with Chevre, Spinach, and a Red Wine Glaze

Why haven’t I ever tried a bacon wrapped date?! So good. Have you had one? There is definitely something about the sweet and the smoky – the chewy and the crispy – that makes it a bite of heaven.

Parrish and I agreed that when you had a little bit of everything, the bacon, date, chevre, spinach, and glaze in one bite, it was divine!

And the wine!!!!!

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I typically turn my nose up to rose wines, but this Pinot Noir Rose was incredible! I will definitely be trying a glass again. Plus it paired with the dish perfectly.

By the time our third course came out, Parrish and I were pretty much in a trance of delicious food. How could this night get any better?!

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Thirty-Hour Braised Short Rib with Roasted Cauliflower & Mushrooms

Ummmm….. when you’re eating a 30 hour Red Wine Braised Short Rib! At this point, the sun had gone down – so please excuse the dark photos.

Honestly, I wish computers had smell-o-vision because you NEED to smell that sauce around the short rib. We considered drinking it out of the bowl like soup. Seriously. No joke.

Our fourth and final course was a delightful way to finish such an incredible meal:

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Coconut Milk Ice Cream with drizzled local honey and pistachios.

I loved taking a bite of the dessert and then chasing it with a sip of the Moscato – it had a wonderful light fizz that really spiced things up.

It truly was an amazing night. I can’t wait until Primal opens this Summer. You will definitely be seeing TONS more of their meals on the blog.

And I DEFINITELY think we should plan a blogger meet up there once they open!

And thank you so much Jessica for this sweet birthday gift! Your thoughtfulness means so much to Parrish and I! You gave us the meal of a lifetime!