Executive Chef Ignacio Munoz and Pastry Chef Kristina Waggoner “are teaming up to create a decadent menu” for the event slated for September 21 at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are $110 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and there is a limited number of seats. (A few have been reserved, namely mine and some early bird pals!)
Every guest should welcome the warm hospitality that the restaurant has been known for over 20 years.
Babcock Wine Dinner @ Salt Creek Grille
Executive Chef Ignacio Munoz & Chef Kristina Waggoner
Thursday, September 21st 6:30pm
$110 plus tax and gratuity
Grilled Peach Salad
Fresh grilled peaches, honey goat cheese, spiced pecans,
butter lettuce with a poppy seed vinaigrette
2015 Sauvignon Blanc, “Simpatico”, Sta. Rita Hills
King Salmon in Papillote
Fresh king salmon, shitake mushrooms, bok choy, heirloom tomatoes,
herbs tightly wrapped and cooked in corn husks
2015 Chardonnay, “Top Cream”, Sta. Rita Hills
Tarragon Airline Chicken
Marinated Airline chicken breast accompanied by roasted butternut squash, spinach, cranberries, feta and finished with a tarragon butter sauce
2015 Pinot Noir, “Rita’s Earth”, Santa Barbara County
Dry Aged New York
Seasoned and grilled New York steak drizzled with a cherry reduction, served with grilled asparagus and a potato skin that’s topped with pancetta,
Gorgonzola cheese, scallions and sour cream
2015 Pinot Noir, “Slice of Heaven”, Sta. Rita Hills
Cheesecake Stuffed Baked Apple
Baked apple stuffed with decadent cheesecake
Drizzled with spiced caramel & toasted nuts
2014 Late Harvest Pinot Gris, “Naughty Little Nectar”
I had an opportunity – thanks to Salt Creek Grille – to taste through the line-up of Babcock Wines. The specific pairings you will have at the dinner are noted below:
Babcock Wines Tasting Notes
2015 Sauvignon Blanc, “Simpatico”, Sta. Rita Hills (Will be paired with Grilled Peach Salad) This wine had some time in oak as well as the standard stainless steel. Aromas of cling peaches, sweet pear, fruit cocktail and oak. On the mouth it had the same fresh and lively fruit cocktail notes as well as a nice low acidity that still allowed for a lengthy finish.
2015 Chardonnay, “Top Cream”, Sta. Rita Hills (Will be paired with the King Salmon Papillote) Creamy, honeysuckle, toast, caramel and macadamia nut gave the wine an overall aromatic appeal. The flavors were consistent with the aromas and had a lovely balance.
2015 Pinot Noir, “Rita’s Earth”, Santa Barbara County (Will be paired with Tarragon Airline Chicken) Earth, dark cherry, bark and wet leaves on the nose. The taste was big, tart and dark cherry with low tannins. Extremely appealing.
2015 Pinot Noir, “Slice of Heaven”, Sta. Rita Hills (Will be paired with the Dry Aged New York) Bright cherry, stems, dried strawberry and white pepper greeted us on the nose. Tasting the wine showed some cranberry, dried cherry – and another well balanced wine.
And, if you can’t wait: LET’S MEET FOR A DRINK: Half-price Bottle Mondays • Tapped Out Burger Tuesdays • Wine Down Wednesdays • All-American Tito’s Thursdays • Late Night Happy Hour and Live Entertainment Friday & Saturday.
Babcock Wine Dinner September 21, 6:30 P.M.
24415 Town Center Drive, Suite 115, Valencia
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com