Tasted Friday, October 26, 2007 by Eric with 1,131 views
The main event of Scott Manlin's visit to Seattle. Only Scott shows up wherever he goes with 12 pounds of Bryan Flannery's best NY strip, and boy do we love him for it! Scott brought 2 strips each with 22, 32, 42 and 52 days of dry aging on them. Justin Wells cooked a couple of the steaks on the stove-top in cast iron and the rest were done "Pittsburgh" style by Scott on the Big Green Egg.
To honor the occasion, we pulled an eclectic lineup from our cellars. The only theme was "serious, non-California reds." The partners in crime included myself (Eric LeVine), Scott Manlin, Roy Hersh, hosts Ed & Joan Murray, Kris Patten, Justin Wells and his girlfriend Zoe, and Adam Noble.
While we arrived and milled a selection of white Burgs floated around. (The first couple were popped a couple of hours earlier by the early arrivals, so I was lucky to get a couple of sips from Kris Patten. Note to self: double-check the start time next time...)
Justin was busy baking some fresh bread, a great little olive & onion tart, and then a KILLER first course of cured and sous-vided pork belly which he crisped just before service. It was served with the 1996 Krug as we milled around the kitchen and OMFG on the pork belly! As Scott and Justin started to work on the steaks we broke into the Red Burgs, major yum on that Dujac, wow!
I elected to work on the Rhône wines with my steak, and wow what a match. The Flannery strips are just unreal. I had a preference towards Justin's more gentle and caramelized preparation, but both were delicious. Also, huge kudos on the wonderfully cheesy potato gratin (which I think Joan prepared) and the killer Broccolini which Justin quickly whipped up with some of the Pork gelee and extra fat left over from crisping the Pork belly.
As we started to wind down on the steak I moved towards the Cabernet and Bordeaux. The pair of 2000's appeared around midnight just as things started to get really raucous...
And finally, one last, luscious sip with a nice cheese selection.
Awesome night folks!