We partnered with our local bed and breakfast over Valentines Day weekend for a food and wine pairing. It was such an intimate yet playful atmosphere and we had an absolute blast! Jeanna, owner of Whispering Pines Bed & Breakfast prepared a 4 course meal that was absolutely DELICIOUS! We paired four of our wines that we thought complemented them the best and it made for a wonderful evening full of fun, laughter and a little romance…it was Valentines Day after all. 🙂
Here is a glimpse of the dishes from the evening with brief descriptions that Jeanna provided us with.
Our simple menu cards paired with a keepsake Kimmel Orchard wine tasting glass made for the perfect memento.
I mean c’mon…how adorable are these for Valentines Day!
Roasted beets are a great way to add a unique flavor and fun color to our homemade pasta for Valentine’s Day heart ravioli! Inside we stuffed the ravioli with a blend of Ricotta and Parmesan cheeses and a little green onion and they just melted in your mouth!
We cannot wait for our strawberries to be in season so we can make this!
The Smoked Gouda Corn Chowder is our signature soup and always on our menu. You get chunks of red potatoes and roasted corn in a creamy smoked gouda base. For the salad, the strawberries and spinach are mixed with a few toasted almonds and cucumbers then drizzled with a lemon poppy seed dressing. A pretty compliment to the soup and refreshing in the winter or during strawberry season!
Seriously. Your mouth has to be watering.
Our steak roulade, sometimes also called steak pinwheels, was a flank steak filled with prosciutto, roasted red pepper, walnut pesto and provolone cheese, then rolled up and baked until tender and juicy with all the beautiful colors on display when sliced. Our guests enjoyed this with mashed potatoes and asparagus. You can fill your roulade with whatever you fancy. A few other suggestions would be a spinach pesto, a mix of red peppers, onions and zucchini. It’s nice to choose something that has color.
This flourless dark chocolate cake has frequented our menu since I learned it in a cooking school over in Spain. We topped the intense taste of chocolate with a cherry wine glaze made from the Kimmel Orchard Cheery Dessert Wine. When reduced, the cinnamon flavor in the wine really came through!
We could not get over how adorable this mini whisk was. 🙂
Jeanna and her fabulous intern!
If you are making plans to visit or stay in the Nebraska City area, we cannot recommend Whispering Pines enough! Jeanna is wonderful host and the food is delicious! Pay a visit to the Orchard while in town and your trip is complete! 🙂 (Actually, there are a TON of attractions throughout Nebraska City, so we invite you to visit those too!)