Monday, September 26, 2011

The Wedding

Photo Courtesy of Grek Slick
I have been married for three months today! That hopefully explains the lack of posts in recent weeks and the flood of great food that is coming your way.

 We chose our wedding location sight  unseen based solely on a few things, cooler weather, amazing views, historic charm, and a Michelin star restaurant on the property. Cavallo Point The Lodge at the Golden Gate was once an army base turned state park turned luxury resort. Just across the Golden Gate bridge, you find yourself in another world of wildlife, cool air, and spectacular views of San Francisco and the bridge itself. The resort sits in a cove just a mile or so from Sausalito.  When we stumbled upon their website last year, we were immediately sold on the views and the food.

We planned to have a small wedding with only immediate family, and we succeeded. With eight total guests and two small children we were able to enjoy the area with our families for a few days prior to the celebration, and to splurge on food and wine for our big night.

In early April, we visited the resort for the first time and were so pleased to e swept into another time, and knocked off our feet by our meal at Murray Circle the restaurant that would cater our wedding night feast.  As a sampling we had the chef's five course dinner. The highlights included:

 Smoked duck procuito over toast with foie gras shavings.

Followed by waygu beef and finally doughnuts!

As the wedding approached, we had to narrow down our choices from the extensive menu. We featured foods from the area as well as wines from near by Napa Valley. To start we featured a local cheese and fruit selection served with champage.

As appetizers we offered grilled figs with Serrano ham,  preserved truffle gougeres, and Our salad course included endive served with local goat cheese and preserved apricots.

Our entree was Point Reyes beef tenderloin with  potato mousseline, and summer vegetables.

Finally for dessert we enjoyed a dark chocolate malt cake with butter cream frosting and macarons de Paris in flavors of raspberry, pistachio and chocolate to honor our engagement in Paris. 
We wound down the night with champagne and french press coffee as we were able to sit and chat with our family.

Ahh... the benefits of a small family wedding. I am looking forward to sharing our adventures in Napa and our tasty travels down the Coastal Highway 1.

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