We just attended the Vintner's Dinner last night, hosted by MS Walker and the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery, and must say that this is probably the closest one will come to fine Manhattan upscale dining on the Cape. Having dined at some of the finer spots in NY, SF, DC and elsewhere, we can comment with some authority.
The event started with some lovely and delicious appetizers prior to the meal, passed around by wait staff in the bar area outside the main dining area, and paired with a very nice Pinot Gris. The appetizers were all very interesting and unique, such as a mini Shrimp Taco, a Duck Confit Quesadilla, mini Fish and Chip, and Heirloom Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella Bruschetta, to name only some of them. One had to guard against consuming too much of them before the main event.
After being seated in one of the main dining rooms, which was very attractive and tranquil, we were presented with four courses of some of the most beautifully prepared and presented dishes we'd seen the entire week. Dishes such as a perfectly pan-seared diver scallop over creamy lemon orzo with carrot sticks and a carrot cardamom "cloud". Very interesting and delicious! This was followed by three more mains, such as grilled marinated quail with butternut squash puree and chanterelles, grilled striped bass with celery root puree, sea beans and pea shoots, and a perfectly seared American Kobe skirt steak with Yukon gold smashed, sauteed spinach, endive gratinee and a Foie Gras sauce. The wine pairings were all very well matched and lovely. I now have to take the trouble to search these wines out where I live, but a couple of them were really, really nice, and the Pinot Noir in particular was comparable to some of my Williams Selyem Pinot Noirs.
By the time dessert arrived, we were about ready to burst, but still managed to consume most of the chocolate mousse cake and Grand Marnier ice cream. We spent about 2.5 hours or so at this event, and had a fabulous time. The wait staff was the most sure, smooth, and professional I've encountered on the Cape, ever.
All in all, Chillingsworth is definitely worth a return visit when I come back here next year, and I would unhesitatingly recommend it to anyone looking for a true fine-dining experience on Cape Cod.
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