For an evening of unmatched elegance, I'd highly recommend dining at Plume, inside The Jefferson Hotel.
Chef Chris Jakubiec blew me away with his artful and delicious dishes. Michael Scaffidi took the experience to the top with his exceptional pairing options.
We began the meal with a glass of bubbly. (Jean Milan, Blanc de Blancs, Oger, Grand Cru, Champagne MV) The chef brought out some crudites and hummus that were very well seasoned.
For my first course, I enjoyed the Brandied Chestnut Veloute with crispy sweetbreads, braised celery and black pepper cream. Michael paired it with an Austrian Gruner Veltliner with grapefruit and pepper notes.
Next we tried the Raw and Cooked Vegetable Salad with asparagus marmalade, seasonal truffle and Verjus dressing. This salad should not be missed. We paired this with a Bodegas Adega, "Essencia Divina," Alabarino, Rias Baixas, Galicia 2010.
For my main course, I went with the Venison Loin with red pearl onions, butternut squash, parsnips and a venison reduction. The meat was so tender and cooked medium rare just how I like it. I would definitely order this again! Michael paired it with one of my favorite wines, Altesino, Sangiovese, Brunello Di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy 2006. Amazing!
Then we were treated to a lovely cheese course with Stilton, Sottocencere, Beemster XO Aged Gouda, Montenebro and Epoisses. The Sottocenere was the best by far with the potent truffle flavor. Michael spoiled us with a Madeira pairing.
Even with stuffed bellies, we made room for dessert. I'm usually a chocolate lover, but surprisingly my favorite was the Trilogy of Profiteroles with blueberry marmalade and a lemon cotton candy river. Absolutely lovely! To tame your chocolate cravings, try the extremely rich Heart of Guanaja Chocolate Tart. The Meyer lemon tart is also quite tasty. We paired the desserts with Eden, Ice Cider from Vermont.
All in all, Plume was impressive and one of the best meals I've had in a long time.
So for your next special occasion or client dinner, book your reservations at Plume. Hopefully you'll get to meet the charming Managing Director, Phillip Wood, to share a few stories and laughs. Thank you so much for a memorable evening!