Chez Nous
Hedonist's Gazette
Dinner Chez Parker - Benefitting Camillus House, Miami, Florida & My Neighbors Foundation, Parkton, Maryland

This meal at our home sold for nearly $150,000 to a group of wine lovers I know well in Miami, Fla., who are very generous contributors to charity events. The menu was focused around our local Maryland bluefin crab and the amazing Bryan Flannery dry-aged Prime Wagyu strip steaks from California. We also started with some Joselito Pata Negra ham....

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Dinner Chez Parker - Benefitting Camillus House, Miami, Florida & My Neighbors Foundation, Parkton, Maryland

This meal at our home sold for nearly $150,000 to a group of wine lovers I know well in Miami, Fla., who are very generous contributors to charity events. The menu was focused around our local Maryland bluefin crab and the amazing Bryan Flannery dry-aged Prime Wagyu strip steaks from California. We also started with some Joselito Pata Negra ham. Being super-critical of what we were doing from a culinary standpoint, I have to say that the food turned out...

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Dinner with Friends - Chez G-Man

Dinner with Friends promoted Spanish flavors, so I brought some older Spanish wines from my cellar....

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Dinner with Friends

This was a casual Sunday evening spent hanging out in the kitchen with my Wife and a couple close friends. The fare included a simple cheese plate and roasted beet salad for the whites, and gorgeous, thick cut, bone in pork chops paired with sautéed (in bacon fat) Brussels sprouts. Simple, straightforward and as good as it gets....

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Thanksgiving Dinner at Home

At Thanksgiving, I always match the wines with the dressing my wife makes, which is quite spicy and peppery, so it is always Châteauneuf du Pape except for the obligatory white. Most of our guests love wine, but are not into it seriously. The first wine to disappear was the 2007 Reuling Chardonnay from Aubert. It continues to age beautifully, and may have even closed down a bit from where it was a year ago. The 2003 Clos des Papes continues to go...

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Patricia Parker's Birthday

As it should have been, my wife’s 65th birthday was quite a celebration. We had a wonderful meal sitting outside with no breeze, low humidity (a rarity) and perfect conditions for eating, drinking and socializing. The food was imaginative and well prepared. While I skipped the amazing selection of cheeses at the end of the meal, the joselito ham, local sirloin and grilled mackerel were top class. As for the wines, while the list was long, there were plenty of...

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Dinner at Home with Six Friends from Shanghai, China

A half dozen wine lovers and friends we had met in Shanghai joined us for a night of fun as well as fine food and wine. Knowing their love of Bordeaux, I pulled some of my finest bottles from the cellar. We started with the 2002 Bollinger Grand Année Rosé Champagne, a brilliant dry, full-bodied rosé Champagne that’s loaded with flavor. It has at least 20 years of life ahead of it, but it will be long gone from my cellar...

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Dinner at Home with Friends

Some friends from France and New York City requested California wines when we entertained them in our home a while ago, and we were able to accommodate them with one exception. It was a magnificent showing for the California wines, which were all from magnum and were decanted 3 to 5 hours before being served. We started with Aubert’s 2009 Chardonnay Larry Hyde Vineyard, which was well-received by everyone for its notes of citrus oil, buttered pears and pineapples along with...

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Thanksgiving Dinner Chez Parker

Since the dressing I usually make for our Thanksgiving turkey is a sausage and Bell’s Poultry Seasoning blend with lots of sauteed onions and celery, relatively robust red wines work well with it, especially if the dressing is eaten along with gravy and turkey. I have tried lighter reds, including Beaujolais and Pinot Noir, but they never work as well as the more fiery, intense southern Rhônes. We started with a magnum of Aubert’s 2007Reuling Vineyard Chardonnay, which is made from...

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Dinner at Home with Friends from New York

Friends from New York, in addition to Dr. Big J, who I hadn’t seen in quite a while, came to lunch, and so we pulled out all the stops. The food was pretty much our standard fare, just right when you want to eat well but don’t want to do too much cooking. The great jumbo lump backfin blue channel crab was still wonderfully sweet, although it was toward the end of season in Maryland. Bryan Flannery has branched out,...

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