Thursday, October 17, 2013
Artisan Table Honey Dinner
Its All About The Bees!
The Artisan Table in the Marriott Naperville Hotel loves and supports honey bees so much that I had the pleasure of attending The Honey Dinner. We had a wonderful evening enjoying the honey inspired chef's creations, paired with a journey of learning all about the bees.
The staff greeted us with wonderful Hors d'Oeurves consisting of a fabulous artisan cheese display with fruits, nuts and honey, and a Crispy Pork Belly, with Garam Masala and Mango relish. My favorite appetizer of the evening was the Honey-Braised Chicken Flat Bread, Pumpkin Guancalle, Fried Sage, and American Grana. Let's not forget the signature cocktail of the evening, "The Bee's Knees" made with Honey Bourbon, and house made honey ginger ale.
As we sampled all the wonderful appetizers, we moved into the main event. The first starter was the Honey-Glazed Scallops with Yellow Pepper Aioli, Bacon Powder, Micro Herb Salad and Roasted Golden Beets.
The scallops melted in your mouth and the presentation was beautiful. The scallops were paired with a Poached Pear Mead that had an nice oaky flavor that worked well with the flavors of the scallops.
There was even a Green Tea Sorbet with Honey Caviar in between dishes to cleanse your palet. I enjoyed the Martini Marinated Filet for my main entree followed by the most fabulous dessert of Honey Rosemary Donuts with Honey Carmel, White Chocolate Mouse and edible Flowers.
The honey used for the evening came directly from the 4 hives of Native Italian Honey Bees onsite, producing over 200l bs of honey from each hive. We were thrilled to attend this wonderful event, and learn about the honeybees and the joys of beekeeping. Be sure to check out this wonderful venue!
- Post by Kelly