On Tuesday, November 28, Little Giant held a Wild Game Dinner and I was lucky enough to be invited to try it. The six-course dinner had beverage pairings included with each course and were offered a starter cocktail of cognac with sherry, lemon, and fresh nutmeg which was a great entry into the night. Here now are some pictures from that amazing meal.
Wild Maine Belon Oyster – boar chicharron, fresno chili, raw honey vinegar paired with Mas Peyre “Le Demon de Midi” Rancio Sec
This was actually the first raw oyster I’d ever eaten in my life. I know, I know…
After the oyster was down the hatch, we drank a little beer from the shell.
Rabbit Liver Pate – cranberry relish, hazelnuts, mustard paired with Orion’s Bow – pasubio, apricot, lemon, pineapple
This was served on local sourdough. And the drink was utterly delicious.
Venison Loin – smoked turnip puree, pickled blueberries, crispy leeks paired with Henriques & Henriques 2000 Boal Single Harvest
I haven’t had that much venison in my life, but this was the best one by far – not even remotely gamey, extremely tender, and so flavorful. It was a total hit at the table.
Duck Ham – beets, orange, spiced pistachios, tarragon yogurt paired with Patience Reward – old tom gin, cocchi, dolin rouge, lemon
The duck was solid, but so were the beets which were a definite key to this plate.
Cassoulet – smoked boar, quail confit, rabbit sausage paired with Arnaud de Villeneuve Tresmontaine “Tabacal” Rancio
This stew was meaty and all parts were really tasty. I honestly can’t decide which part was my favorite.
Indian Pudding – candy cap mushroom ice cream, pepita brittle paired with Unreachable Horizon – dolin rouge, smith + cross rum, coffee
Dessert was amazing. And that coffee in the drink was Allen’s Coffee Brandy. Welcome to Maine!
Little Giant is always great, but this meal was really fun. If they ever offer something like this again, I highly recommend it!
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