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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Cupid's arrow...

... would be perfect for a kebab of some sort, I say.

Valentine's Day is for lovers. FOOD lovers, that is! The day is the second most popular day to dine out (Mother's Day is #1). Which explains why lots of restaurants go all out to make the lover's holiday extra special. Here is what Mesh (your choice of one selection from each course - $75 per person; $105 with wine pairing) has lined up. We'll post other "special menus" if we get them.

tomato bisque
pine nut pesto + basil chiffonade + creme fraiche
crab duo
crab cake + crab chowder
prosciutto wrapped sea scallops
saffron risotto + micro greens salad + blood orange truffle emulsion
beef carpaccio
kobe beef tenderloin + micro salad + horseradish vinaigrette
spicy tuna tartare
avocado cucumber salad + crisp wontons + sesame ginger vinaigrette
smoked turkey flat bread
caramelized onions + camembert cheese + bleu cheese cream + mission fig jam

paul sturkey's house salad
sun-dried cherries + toasted almonds + feta cheese + sturkey's creamy balsamic vinaigretteā„¢
baby spinach salad
maytag bleu cheese + potato gaufrettes + pine nuts + basil vinaigrette
caesar salad
herb focaccia croutons + creamy garlic caesar dressing

atlantic salmon
lobster mashed potatoes + french green beans + sherry soy sauce
lobster pasta
lobster tail + lemon linguine + spinach + tomatoes + champagne beurre blanc
pan roasted chicken breast
applewood smoked bacon + chive potato gnocchi + asparagus
mushrooms + savory sweet soy essence
asian style sea bass
oyster mushrooms + baby bok choy + steamed carrots + honey garlic broth
veal and lobster partners
veal tenderloin + lobster mushrooms + english peas
maine lobster tail + roasted corn chorizo ragout + tarragon-lobster emulsion
filet mignon oscar
king crab + sturkey's spiceā„¢ bearnaise + grilled asparagus + garlic mashed potatoes

a selection of desserts by pastry chef pam sturkey
Paul Sturkey, Chef/Restaurateur
Pam Sturkey, Pastry Chef
Sid Jones, Chef de Cuisine


at 2:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much does this cost?

at 2:41 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

That info (75 per person; 105 with wine pairing) is there now. I jumped the gun and hit "publish" before I was ready!

at 2:52 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

Pigall's sent an email out today for Valentine's Day. I couldn't get past the price to see what they offer. With wine, the cost per person was $175. Wow! Hopefully there will be some more reasonable options out there seeing that this holiday falls midweek, and it is a hallmark holiday in my opinion anyway! Everyday should be Valentine's Day, right?

at 4:03 PM Blogger Mary said...

Ouch! That's a painful amount of money for me to spend right now. I'm staying in and making osso bucco for the suitor. Alphonse at Liquor Direct is going to function as my private sommelier (sp?)and the total price will probably be about$50.

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