VISA Infinite has found the secret combination that spells success. Carefully deliberating, they foraged the food and wine lands of the Okanagan, Niagara, and Prince Edward County and created the recipe. They combined the best ingredients and mixed. And the result is VISA Infinite Wine Country Experiences.
On a breezy summer evening, over one hundred wine and food buffs gathered at the Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery, a beautiful and iconic vineyard in Niagara-On-The-Lake, to enjoy a very special evening. Tonight, The Group of Seven Chefs: Mark Cutrara of Cowbell, Bernard Alepee of The Tempered Chef, Scott Vivian of Beast, Marc Dufour, Nick Liu of Gwailo, Teddy Corrado of Compass Group, and Jackson-Triggs own chef, Tim Mackiddie prepare our dinner. It is a preview, a kind of dress rehearsal for the dinner they would be serving at the renowned James Beard House in New York. For a chef, this is akin to an artist playing Carnegie Hall.
The multi-course meal was complemented by a selection of over a dozen of Ontario’s finest wines, hand picked by top sommeliers to match the food. Restaurateur and sommelier Anton Potvin admirably did the MC honors and introduced the wines, many of which he, himself, had chosen. Later, we asked him how he came to choose a wine that married well with kimchee, the classic Korean pickled cabbage. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
We strolled down the massive stone steps alongside the vineyard to the bandshell to enjoy our hors d’euvres on stage. On other occasions, this is the scene of glorious musical concerts in the vineyard.
Time for dinner. Inside the main building, long banquet tables had been set up graced by freshly snipped grape vines that snaked along the table centers. Wine glasses sparkled in the candlelight, as guests read the menu with anticipation. Each chef introduced their unique and innovative dish. Questions were asked – and answered. We ate, we drank, we talked and laughed, and it seemed that suddenly, it was almost midnight.
This exclusive event for VISA Infinite cardholders drew to a close. We all received our bag of gifts from our hosts and happily boarded the transportation home. (Click the image to enlarge and see the menu)
Now, we happily look forward to the next gastronomic extravaganza on August 31. Masters and Proteges at Ravine Vineyard hosted by Paul Harber, Chef and Proprietor of Ravine Vineyard and Restaurant. He has assembled a fantastic array of chefs including Michael Stadtlander.
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** PHOTOGRAPHY BY: MARC POLIDORO, www.marcpolidoro.com **