Joseph Phelps Vineyard, since 1973 and located along the western Sonoma Coast, is known for its 100% estate-grown, sustainably produced wines. Lynn Phelps Finch from Joseph Phelps will host the wine dinner. This unique, special event will feature the talented chefs of Montage. The evening will begin with passed hors d’oeuvres of Foie Gras Torchon on Brioche Crostini with Huckleberry Compote, Kampachi Crudo with Yuzu Cucumber Pearls, Icicle Radish and Masago, Petite Beef Wellington with Green Peppercorn Sauce and Grilled Lobster Tacos with Salsa Verde with Joseph Phelps Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 2017 being poured. To begin the dinner, Montage Laguna Beach Executive Chef Jeff Walter’s course is Seared Diver Scallop with red quinoa salad, citrus-fennel relish and basil oil served with Chardonnay, Freestone Vineyard, Sonoma Coast 2016 followed by Butternut Squash Soup with toasted pepitas and dried cranberries presented by Mosaic Bar and Grille Chef Miguel Ruiz and served with Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyard, Sonoma Coast 2016. Next Studio Chef Ben Martinek’s featured dish is Grilled Dry-Aged Strip Steak accompanied by salt-roasted celeriac, maitake mushroom, braised pine nuts and bone marrow bordelaise paired with Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 and Cabernet Sauvignon, Insignia, Napa Valley 2015. Executive Sous Chef Prabeen Prathapan will feature his Alpine Blossom with Austrian cow’s milk cheese, fig and marcona almond torta and local honey, and Delice du Semillon, Napa Valley 2017 accompanies. Executive Pastry Chef Lee Smith will create Williams Pears with lemon verbena and chia seeds to complete this elegant dinner.
Five-course dinner with wine pairing is $350 per guest, not including tax or gratuity.