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The Pig Dinner at Manresa

Paul H Jun 20, 2007 07:32 PM

Last night and tonight mark the end of a short tradition at Manresa in Los Gatos: the annual Pig Dinner. Chef de Cuisine Jeremy Fox put together an evening of dining on pig last year and again this year.

CASSOULET EN GELEE
butterbean, truffle, pig foie, neck confit

Served in a Martini glass with the confit hiding the pig foie below. Tasty, but a bit big for an amuse.

SAUCISSON SEC
from laughingstock farm pigs

Four kinds of delicious cured pork salumi.

SALSICCIA DI GRASSO
suckling pig brioche, cherry jam

A delicious piece of buttery toasted brioche with cherry jam and some porky pate.

MISO-CURED GUANCIALE
pickled ramps, tongue dashi

A most aromatic and delicious broth with some cured pork jowl and a carmelized ramp.

FRITTO MISTO
various cuts and coatings, pork fat mayo

Self explanatory. My favorite was the "bacon tempura" though the hush puppy, the deep fried shredded pork, and the warm liquid center pork surprise croquette weren't bad, either.

MATZOH BALL SOUP
trotter agnolotti in its consomme

Extremely flavorful and delicious "trotter agnolotti" but a Matzoh Ball is a Matzoh Ball. Inspiration flagged a bit here.

DUO OF SHIRES
yorkshire pudding, Shropshire, chitterlings and dandelion

Clever, those Los Gatans. Yorkshire pudding with blue shropshire cheese, and some delicious pork intestines that had the texture of bread.

MORCILLA POUTINE
burrata, pork fat fries, pepper sauce

Arrgh! Burrata is taking over the world. Good thing. Praise be. Pork fat fries were pretty good, too. Glad they weren't served with the Pork Mayo (see above)

ROLLELD SCALLOPINI
porcini duxelle, madeira, wild asparagus

A pork scallopini rolled around the aspargus to make "Scallopini Spring Rolls" The porcini were aromatic and flavorful, and you can buy your own wild asparagus at Far West Fungi in the Ferry Building

SLOW HAM AND EGG
anson grits, collards, blue bottle red eye gravy

Just what it says, and delicious. For those of you that don't know, 'red eye gravy' is pan drippings and coffee. "Blue Bottle Red Eye Gravy"???

BACON CREAM-FILLED DOUGHNUTS
maple ice cream

Just what it says. The maple ice cream had real bacon bits in it.

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
flavors of mole, blood pudding

Flavors of mole meant a bit of hot peppers with the chocolate. Not my favorite, but a nice creative end to a superb meal.

Good luck Jeremy! We'll miss you!

  1. Paul H Jun 24, 2007 05:36 PM

    Pictures from this dinner can be viewed here...
    http://www.sweetandsourspectator.org/...

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      newlycrazed Jun 22, 2007 10:51 AM

      Had the dinner on Tuesday. The ham and egg was amazing, or at least, the egg and grits with red eye gravy were amazing. Also loved the desserts, particularly the chocolate mousse with its contrasts of sweet, salt, and spicy. Some of the other dishes didn't quite do it for me, e.g. the fritto misto was heavy and uninspiring, the matzo ball was bland. Overall, an interesting experience.

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      1. re: newlycrazed
        grishnackh Jun 22, 2007 09:11 PM

        Hey, my wife is heavy and uninspiring but I still love her!

        I am also still mad that I missed this dinner. What other restaurants besides Oliveto and Manresa have special pig menus?

        1. re: grishnackh
          Robert Lauriston Jun 24, 2007 09:11 AM

          Incanto:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/403867

          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            grishnackh Jun 24, 2007 08:28 PM

            Thanks for the link to my thread, but I think that Incanto's Head to Tail dinner is best described as an special offal, not pork, menu. Only one of the five courses at this year's dinner had any porcine products.

            1. re: grishnackh
              Morton the Mousse Jun 24, 2007 09:24 PM

              Incanto will do a custom whole pig dinner for groups.

              http://www.incanto.biz/dante.html#Who...

      2. Cat Chow Jun 21, 2007 12:37 PM

        Yummm...bacon and maple syrup!!!

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          PekoePeony Jun 21, 2007 12:10 PM

          I went last night and it was definitely an interesting experience! Not everything was my cup of tea but I was glad to have gone. My favorites: the guanciale, deep-fried shredded pork, liquid center square, duo of shires, and bacon cream donuts. Some misses (for me): the sausages (weren't very special), agnolotti (had much better ones at Perbacco a few days earlier), morcilla (despite multiple tries, I'm just not a fan of blood), and the scallopini (the meat was dry, though everything else on the plate was delicious).

          We also had the standard wine pairing, which at $85/person seemed to be overpriced for what we had. Were glad not to have gone for the premium pairing at $150/pp. Dinner itself was $125/pp.

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            Navin R Johnson Jun 21, 2007 11:24 AM

            Where is Jeremy heading?

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            1. re: Navin R Johnson
              Paul H Jun 21, 2007 11:30 AM

              A new venture in the Napa valley. I don't know anything more specific.

              1. re: Paul H
                davina Jun 21, 2007 05:09 PM

                I think it's a vegetarian restaurant. No more pig for Jeremy.
                http://www.ubuntunapa.com/

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                Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
                1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

                1. re: davina
                  Paul H Jun 21, 2007 07:16 PM

                  'tis a pity.

                  1. re: davina
                    Morton the Mousse Jun 22, 2007 10:56 AM

                    You are correct, there will be no meat at Ubuntu

                    http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:U...

                    It makes some sense for the chef's long term goals. Working at a vegetarian/vegan restaurant is an excellent way to hone specific skills. When you can't "fall back" on pork and chicken stock, you must develop an in depth understanding of fruits and vegetables.

              2. Anonimo Jun 21, 2007 08:51 AM

                I feel ill.

                1. urseberry Jun 20, 2007 10:13 PM

                  Blue Bottle refers to the coffee: http://www.bluebottlecoffee.net/. Fantastic coffee roasted in SF.

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                  1. re: urseberry
                    Robert Lauriston Jun 21, 2007 10:48 AM

                    Blue Bottle has a retail kiosk is in SF, but they roast in Oakland.

                    1. re: urseberry
                      Paul H Jun 21, 2007 11:19 AM

                      I was trying to be ironic pointing out the clash between red eye gravy and an expensive artisan coffee. I'm slightly skeptical that the redeye gravy was improved by using Blue Bottle coffee, but I could be wrong!

                    2. grishnackh Jun 20, 2007 09:26 PM

                      That sounds like an amazing meal. I wish I had known this was going on!

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