Tapas Under the Terraces

One of my co-workers invited me to a special dinner at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel: “Wine Tasting with Tapas.” Along with park visitors, many Yellowstone community folks attended the event (rule: living remotely you DON’T miss any gourmet cuisine function within a 100 miles!) and I had a wonderful evening meeting wonderful people.

I had a chance to talk with the executive chef for the hotel, James Chapman, and I did not miss an opportunity to put a plug in for my favorite dishes and desserts. His delicious menu for the evening included porcinis with garlic and sherry, fried tofu with shiitakes, onions and chili sauce, and cardamon crusted roast poussin with saffron rice and tomatoes—just to name a few. A selection of fine wines accompanied the tapas, and I discovered a new full-bodied red that I found delightful—Alexander Valley Cabernet Franc.

And dessert---Apple Beignet with ginger ice cream and carmel, and a saffron and citrus rice pudding.

My co-worker and I decided a day of skiing was in order this weekend to work off all of the calories we consumed.