The Loire Valley of France is known as the “Garden of France” due to its bountiful vineyards, fruit orchards, and fields of other crops like asparagus and artichoke, lining stretches of the Loire River in central France. This farming focus makes the Loire Valley wines a perfect match for the Yardley Inn’s latest wine dinner, which will also feature a variety of ingredients from the restaurant’s own Riverside Garden and farm. Situated along its own river in Bucks County, the Yardley Inn will host the Loire Valley of France Wine Dinner on Thursday, May 29, beginning at 7 p.m.
Four different French wines from the Loire Valley region will mingle their flavors with savory courses prepared in true French fashion. Yardley Inn Sous Chef Joshua Noel carefully selected the pairings to complement each other and to make use of the Inn’s seasonal crops.
Belon oyster, shiso granita, jalapeno
L’oiseau D’or Muscadet
Pike Quenelle, tarragon consommé, garden vegetables, shallot crisp
Vincent Vatan Pouilly-Fume
Heritage breed pork rillettes, bulls blood salad, batard
Grosbot Barabara Saint Pourcain
Squab ballotine, foraged aliums and funghi, charred rosemary jus
Flourless chocolate cake, macerated cherries, smoked cherry pit anglaise
Rojo’s Bosco’s Blend, French pressed
The coffee featured in the fifth course will be announced closer to the date of the event, as it is a seasonal crop and selections may change. In keeping with the Yardley Inn’s philosophy of sourcing ingredients as locally as possible, the coffee pairing will be procured from a local roaster.
“As with most food and wine pairings, I really just wanted to allow the wine to have its own voice by choosing only the freshest, best ingredients to pair with them and treating them in a simple way with a lot of technique and flavors indigenous to the region,” Chef Josh says. “But as always, there will be a few surprises!”
The cost to attend the five-course wine dinner is $55 per person. Tax and gratuity are additional. Tickets may be purchased through the Yardley Inn or online at www.yardleyinn.com.
The Yardley Inn hosts numerous themed dinner events each year, including wine dinners, beer dinners, cooking classes, and other themed events. The Yardley Inn is also open for special holidays like Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day, along with normal business hours throughout the year. To make your reservations, call 215.493.3800 or visit the Yardley Inn website (www.yardleyinn.com) to make your reservations online.