Eat Jackson’s Chef’s Table at Viking Cooking School was a smashing success last Monday evening with Executive Chef for the evening, Chef Trace Williams wowing the crowd with her thick Yorkshire accent and prolific use of descriptive and entertaining Yorkshire cliches and descriptors – with both translation help from her good friends, Indianola chef Chris Grant and Jackson chef Jeremy Enfinger.
After a welcome reception complete with Bayou Teche seasonal brews provided by Southern Beverage Co., the intimate crowd learned about each chef’s background and cooking interests. They also watched cooking demonstrations while they ate that included how to grill lettuce and make a Yorkshire pudding. Advice on use and selection of Mississippi gulf fresh seafood, wine pairings and recipe tips were as prolific as the wine glass refills.
While we can’t possibly convey the myriad of delectable tastes and experiences this evening held, we hope you’ll enjoy seeing the menu and wine pairings for the evening along with our favorite photos from the event, made possible by Mississippi Seafood Marketing.
Menu & Wine Pairings for Cajunshire Chef’s Table
Wine pairings were recommended by Tasho Katsaboulas of Kat’s Wine & Spirits and his friend, popular sommolier Norm Rush. While it was a tight race among guests, the crowd favorite was the Guigal’s Côtes du Rhône, a delightful, bright 90 point red.
Fine Beginnings: Cajunshire Charcuterie & Cheese Plate
Wine Pairing: 2007 Guigal Cotes du Rhone, France, Parker 90 point
Grilled Black & Blue Salad
Yorkshire Back Bacon, Point Reyes Blue Vinaigrette
Wine Pairing: 2010 Spy Valley Riesling, Marlborough, Parker 90 point
Yorkshire Stand Pork Pie, Blue Crab “Chutney”
Wine Pairing: Nino Franco Prosecco NV, Italy, Wine & Spirits 90 point
Catfish in the Dales
Catfish Cake, Yorkshire Parsley Sauce, Jalapeno Slaw
Wine Pairing: 2011 King Estate Pinot Grigio, Oregon, Wine & Spirits 91 point
Yorkshire Pudding, Crawfish & Shrimp Etouffee
Wine Pairing: 2011 Pichot Vouvray, France
Sweet Endings: Cajunshire Dessert Flight
Featuring four bacon-centric tasting desserts
Wine Pairing: Broadbent Rainwater Madeira, Portugal, Parker 90 point