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Old 11-13-2006, 04:42 PM   #1
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Six Course Degustation Menu

I did this one while still up in Los Angeles at The Four Seasons. Six Courses, $140; $180 with wine pairings. These platings came out better than the five course menu but it was also a more elegant and upscale menu and I had a bigger budget to work with in terms of food costs:

Five Course Degustation Menu

Okay, so here was the six courser:

First Course: Grilled Green and White Asparagus Salad with Baby Watercress, Frisee, Sweetbread Croutons (veal, not flour), Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette



Second Course: Pan Seared Alaskan King Salmon with a Fricassee of Fava Beans and Wild Mushrooms, Truffle-Mushroom Emulsion




Third Course: Butter Poached Maine Lobster Salad with Avocado, Cucumber, Micro Greens, Vine Ripened Tomato, Passion Fruit-Pineapple Vinaigrette




Fourth Course: Duck, Duck, Goose! - Duck Two Ways: Pan Seared Sonoma Breast and Confit of Duck Leg, Mini Raviolis of Hudson Valley Foies Gras, Five Spice Natural Duck Jus




Fifth Course: Roasted Bacon Wrapped Niman Ranch NY Striploin with Goat Cheese Whipped Potatoes, Summer Vegetables, and Sauce Marchand de Vin




Sixth Course: Flourless Chocolate Cake with Caramelized Bananas and Caramel-Cinnamon Gelato



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Old 11-13-2006, 04:44 PM   #2
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Sweetbread Croutons (veal, not flour)

this is the only part I don't understand, ironchef. Looks like another winner!
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Old 11-13-2006, 05:01 PM   #3
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Oh, the Sweetbread croutons I understand and that sounds like something to play with for sure!!! The entire menu sounds wonderful!

Five spice and duck jus - another flavor worth playing with.

Congratulations on a great menu.
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Old 11-13-2006, 06:40 PM   #4
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How in the world could anyone even begin to eat the dessert after all that......I'd be curled up in a ball somewhere blissfully sleeping from a full tummy. Ok......maybe just a bite if you'll spoonfeed it to me .

Looks amazing iron!
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Old 11-13-2006, 06:52 PM   #5
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Sweetbread Croutons (veal, not flour)

this is the only part I don't understand, ironchef. Looks like another winner!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweetbread
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:22 PM   #6
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I already googled the sweetbread croutons and decided I would pass on that item, only because I dont like organ meats. I also dont like duck, and beef is not my thing either. It all looks so appetizing though! So definately the lobster, the salmon and dessert for me. I preferred your five-course dinner actually, but then again I'm a huge seafood fan.
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Old 11-14-2006, 04:39 AM   #7
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Aww Amber, organ meats rock. To me, the sweetbreads are the best part of the veal next to the cheeks. And nothing on the goose comes close to the flavor of foie gras. I better eat my fill before it's outlawed everywhere.
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Old 11-14-2006, 09:59 AM   #8
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Another fantastic looking presentation. Great stuff. Bring on the organ meats.

I have already begun a black market foie gras underground for the day it's outlawed everywhere.
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I'm also not a fan of organ meat, and though I've always been a little curious about trying it, I know I couldn't eat foie gras without having a very guilty conscious.

That said, your menu looks amazing. I think the duck course in particular sounds very appealing.
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i know this post is old..but oh man..my mouth is so watering right now its not funny! just thought to bump it to make everyone else salivate as well....mmm
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