Clovely Estate’s ‘Spring Harvest’ Long Table Dinner was a huge success on Saturday evening, with guests revelling in the four-course feast prepared by Clovely Estate’s Head Chef Jason Winter and his team.
The share style food dishes, coupled with Clovely Estate’s award winning wines, and the cross-table conversations between strangers and friends alike created a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere at Clovely Estate’s Cellar Door in Red Hill.
Guests were treated to a wealth of information throughout the evening from Head Chef Jason Winter, who sat with guests at the long table. Jason led us on a tantalising food journey between each course, revealing the many treasures of spring produce, the local origins of key items on the menu, and the importance of preparing fresh seasonal produce with a healthy dose of simplicity and authenticity.
In line with Clovely Estate’s passion for promoting the South East Queensland food bowl, Chef Jason and his team sourced local produce wherever possible for each of the dishes. Oaty Joe’s biscuits from ‘Homestyle Bake’ in Toowoomba were a delightful starter, while single origin Pepe Saya butter complimented a spread of smashed potatoes and Clovely Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil beautifully. We learned that Pepe Saya butter begins its life at a small dairy farm in Picton, NSW and is then cultured and churned at a local Brisbane factory only days before it is served. Talk about fresh!
The day before the Long Table Dinner, Chef Jason ventured to the local markets, returning to the kitchen with a mouth watering assortment of strawberries, pineapples, artichokes and more coconuts than you’re likely to find on the Palm Trees of Hamilton Island!
This bountiful trip was the beginning of an explosive flavour experience that would make any self-confessed foodie weak at the knees… Caramelised pineapple and coconut cake served with citrus sorbet and chocolate dipped strawberries! This delectable dessert was served with finesse, and a chilled glass of ‘sticky’ – Clovely Estate’s 2010 Left Field Botrytis Semillon. The smiles around the room were palpable as guests savoured their first bite.
At the end of the night, as guests farewelled their new-found friends, the air was filled with pure contentment and appreciation for the authentic food and wine that is produced right here on our door step in Queensland. We’d like to thank everyone who joined us to celebrate the Spring Harvest, and made the Long Table Dinner a night to remember.
The next Long Table Dinner will be held in the early months of 2014. We invite you to connect with us on social media or sign up to Clovely Estate’s e-newsletter at www.clovely.com.au to find out when future Clovely Estate events will be held.