Another night, another FABULOUS dinner.
Tonight was rainy and cold, a night you want to curl up in bed and eat frozen pizza, curled up with a good book. Instead, we headed south to Dayton. A town of maybe 1,000 people. And the home to The Joel Palmer House. Where the menu focused on mushrooms. Even giving you the option of a multiple course mushroom meal.
Their website introduction summarizes: Experience an internationally-inspired menu of WILD MUSHROOM DISHES paired with FINE WINE in the comfort of a HISTORIC OREGON WINE COUNTRY HOME.
Of course, we had to indulge in “Mushroom Madness”…
Mushroom Madness Menu
This tasting menu is a selection of the best that the Joel Palmer House has to offer. Three generations of Czarnecki chefs have dishes represented and mushrooms are integrated into nearly every course, including dessert! Since our menu is focused strongly on wild mushrooms I recommend Pinot Noir to accompany your meal and our sommelier is happy to assist you with a selection.
Amuse – Wild Mushroom Risotto with house-made Oregon White Truffle Oil and Parmesan Reggiano
Matsutake Mushroom Chowder and Joe’s Wild Mushroom Soup
Oregon White Chanterelles in Bacon Cream over Puff Pastry
Heidi’s Three Mushroom Tart – this tart is the essence of what wild mushrooms are all about and has been on the menu for over 30 years
We added the Pinot-Noir Poached Torchon of Foie Gras
Sorbet – Concord Grape with Rosemary
Marinated Sturgeon – over Quinoa with Wild Mushrooms and Cayenne Aioli
Filet Mignon – Painted Hills Oregon Beef with porcini, Schezwan Pepper and veal demi-glace
Trio of Candy Cap Mushroom Desserts
Selection of House-Made Chocolate Truffles
We accompanied the meal with a bottle of Pinot Noir selected from over 500 bottles (of Pinot Noir) on their wine list. We enjoyed a Ken Wright Cellars 2007 Pinot Noir from Canary Hill Vineyards. The critical acclaim:
“Deep red. Smoky raspberry and cherry-cola aromas are complemented by dusty spices and herbs. Fleshy red and dark berry flavors boast very good concentration and good nervy cut. Offers a suave blend of depth and energy, with excellent finishing clarity and lingering sweetness. ”
— 91 Points, International Wine Cellar
The Joel Palmer House | 600 Ferry St. | Dayton, OR | Website