October 9, 2009 | Comments Off
Our Friday night was slated to be a very memorable Chef’s Tasting Event at Amavi, one of Santa Fe’s best restaurants. David Sellers, the talented chef, crafted a special tasting menu for us that highlighted the Spanish roots of Santa Fe cuisine. He created an amazing meal that he paired with extraordinary and unusual wines that were perfectly matched to each succulent course.
Heather, David’s gorgeous wife, met us at the door of Amavi and led us to our table in one of the cozy, candlelit adobe rooms. The thick, plaster walls are graced with pieces of art and photography from local artists.
The evening started with Spanish Cava, one of my favorite ways to start a good night of imbibing. With this beginning, the feasting began and then moved onward through one delicious course after the other:
Seared Diver Scallop with Pimenton and Saffron Rice
Juve y Camps Grand Reserve 2004
Rare Seared Yellowfin Tuna with Garlic, Capers, and Manzanilla Olives and
Marinated Spaish White Anchovies with Escalavida and Preserved Lemon
Javier Sanz “Villa Narcisa” Verdejo 2006, Rueda Spain
Grilled “Bavette” Steak with Patata Viudas, Piquillo Peppers, Salsa Verde, and Aioli
Coto de Imaz Reserva 2001, Rioja
Crema Catalana with Apricot Galletas
Costa Diva Guiterrez de la Vega
Cosecha Miel Muscat, Spain 2005