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PAUL & HENRY CELEBRATE THEIR 126th Birthday
(they're both 63!)

Hosted by Chef Robert Gorman
in his new digs

February 1, 2004



We began with a magnum of Laurent Perrier's truly "Grand Sicle" Champagne.
This was wonderfully toasty and dry...very fine!

Accompanied by Saffron Arancini (little risotto balls which are fried), Duck Rillettes, Truffle Mousse Pt, Olives and Basil Grilled Prawns.


Marjorie says she really liked the Champagne and the Truffle Mousse Pt!


Bob prepared the Chanterelles for the starter course.


The chef in his new kitchen.


Over high heat, Bob did a masterful job in sauting these meaty, succulent Chanterelles.


Baby Lettuces, adorned with slices of Chanterelles, a bit of Foie Gras and some Fresh Lobster.
We had two vintages of Leroy Puligny-Montrachet, a 1996 and 1999.

The 1996 was the more complete of the two, though the 1999 may eventually reach a slightly higher level when it peaks.  The 1996 had lovely smoky notes and was the more complex wine of the two.  These were delightfully bone dry and refreshing in not being of elevated alcohol levels.


Sandy and Paul Obester each hoist a glass for a toast.


Marjorie enjoys a sip of the 1996 Puligny-Montrachet, as she is watched over by some bit of folk art (that is not Cliff Spencer).


The Chef enjoyed the 1996 as well.


Bob sliced the rare roasted leg of lamb, while Paul assists in saucing the meat.


1996 Solaia and 1996 Sassicaia accompanied the lamb with a roasted garlic sauce.  Also featured were Haricots Verts, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Creamed Jerusalem Artichokes.

The two Tuscan reds were delightful!
The 1996 Solaia was, to my taste, the more complex and complete.  The Sassicaia had dark fruit notes and a whiff of a woodsy component.  The wines are still tannic and a bit austere, but the fruit suggests drinking these in the not-too-distant future.


Alexia and Henry.


Sandy and Paul.


Alexia brought the Mega-Plateau of Cheese to the table.  These were accompanied by several Acme Breads.


Bob and Henry get busy.


We opened a bottle of Madame Pierre Gelin 1993 Chambertin Clos de Bze and a Franois LaMarche 1993 Vosne-Romane Les Chaumes."  Unfortunately the latter was corked and so we opened a 1993 Chandon de Briailles Savigny-Les-Beaune "Aux Fourneaux."
The Chambertin was a wine displaying some earthy notes and forest floor fragrances of Pinot Noir.  The Savigny-Les-Beaune was amazingly bright and offered sour cherry fruit.  It was a bit lighter, but sprightly and fresh.




A Strawberry Mousse Cake with 1982 Chteau Rieussec Sauternes.


Paul received a lovely bar of soap as a birthday present:
Geezer Soap.


Henry received "Geezer Tweezers" (for nose and ear hair removal).
Very handy.


Meanwhile, both Sandy and Alexia received a "gift" of a message pad to jot down messages for their dearly beloved.

"While you were napping....._____________called."
There are boxes to check for calls such as:
"Your walker has been polished and is ready for pick-up."
"There's a sale on prune juice at the store."

We understand there was some sort of football game being played during these festivities.
I wonder who won??




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