For centuries and across cultures, harvest feasts and festivals have been held to celebrate the bounty of the season. In ancient times, these gatherings were meant to show gratitude and glorify the gods responsible for the success of the harvest. These events came into existence during a time when hunger was a true threa and survival depended upon guaranteed food supplies.
While we may not have the food insecurities of our ancestors, we still come together to celebrate seasons and a successful harvest. This year, such celebrations may take on more meaning as we grapple with life-altering events that affect populations across the globe. Remembering what we are grateful for in a time of struggle can help us cope, heal and connect with others.
One local winery, Andis Wines, has partnered with a Sacramento restaurant, Brasserie Capitale, to offer a harvest dinner on Thursday, Sept. 17. Guests will be welcomed at Andis Winery in Plymouth for a four–course meal and curated wine pairing. The dinner will take place outside, between the vineyards, as the sun sets.
If you’ve visited Andis during recent months, you may recognize Brasserie Capitale—they have been providing a small bites menu to pair with wine flights each weekend. With the harvest dinner, the creative minds behind Brasserie Capitale and Aioli Bodega Española, take it one step further with the following menu:
Welcome Wine: Andis 2019 Sauvignon Blanc
Gazpacho Andalous aux Crevettes
French-style gazpacho with chilled gulf shrimp
Paired with Andis Estate Rose 2019
Melon “Ambrosia” avec Jambone la Quercia & Salade de Tomates et Peches
Duo salad course of prosciutto-wrapped melon and heirloom peach salad
Paired with Andis Barbera d’Amador 2017
Les Saint Jacques aux Rissoto et Maize & Epaule d’Agneau Confit Basquaise
Duo entree course featuring pan-seared scallops, herb-infused risotto, local sweet corn salsa and braised lamb shoulder with port and rosemary reduction
Paired with Andis ENOR Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre 2018
Profiterole aux Macaron
Chocolate–filled pastry and vanilla bean macaron
Paired with Andis Original Grandpere Zinfandel 2017
Gratitude comes naturally when we are breaking bread with friends and family around a table, and we are reminded that there is always joy to be found, even in difficult times. Of course, the wine helps.
For more information or to purchase tickets, go here.