Comparative Wine Dinner Inaugurates KB’S Event Venue For Kent Rathbun Catering

IMG_1604by Andrew Chalk

Kent Rathbun has moved his catering operations to Plano and turned the space that used to be Zea Woodfire Grill into an event venue. The space was christened, after a fashion, last week with an extensive dinner pairing four courses by catering chef Jeff Qualls and wines from Constellation Brands presented by Constellation representative Todd Ruback. I was an invited guest at the event.          

Chefs1Chefs. Kent Rathbun (left), Jeff Qualls (right) and can you name the man in the middle?

After appetizers of sautéed shrimp, empanadas and lamb lollipops we sat down for an ethereal  starter of diver scallop crudo, ginger-blood orange syrup, summer melon relish and jicama slaw. I love raw scallop sliced translucently thin as an alternative to the usual cooking by pan searing approach. Qualls’ example is the best I can remember for a long time.

Scallop CrudoThe starter was an inspired scallop crudo

Both of the matching wines were examples of Sauvignon Blanc from the Constellation stable. From California’s Napa Valley was the 2010 Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc. Ironically, for someone who contributed so much to Napa’s global reputation as a producer of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is  Fumé Blanc that is Robert Mondavi’s greatest contribution to the wine lexicon. He coined the term to describe dry, oaked Sauvignon Blanc which he introduced to a world of insipid sweet wines made from the same grape. Generations of wine drinkers have him to thank for this innovation. This example exhibited hallmark moderate-to-heavy body weight in the mouth, citrus fruit flavors and medium-high acidity that lifted the fleshy favors of the scallop.

Todd RubackTodd Ruback of Constellation Brands spoke about the wines

Counterbalancing the Mondavi was 2012 Drylands Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand’s Marlborough region. This is a classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in that it has a grassy nose and vibrant acids in the mouth. A very good example but a different wine from the Mondavi. it is ultimately a matter of taste which you prefer but I think both of these wines are best with food.

I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story but the assembled diners clearly enjoyed themselves.

IMG_1611Hickory Grilled Beeman Ranch New York Strip, Green Chile-White Cheddar Fingerlings, Pasilla Chile Demi

This was served with two cabernet Sauvignons. The 2010 Franciscan Estate from Napa Valley and 2010 Hogue Reserve from the Columbia Valley AVA in Washington State.

Oat BriocheVanilla Citrus Roasted Georgia Peaches, Steel Cut Oat Brioche, White Chocolate-Amaretto

Warranting a sweet dessert wine this was served with 2010 Ruffino Moscato d’Asti.

KB FrontFront of house

1 Comment

Filed under Andrew Chalk, Wine

One response to “Comparative Wine Dinner Inaugurates KB’S Event Venue For Kent Rathbun Catering

  1. The new york strip looks incredible! Would love to get the recipe for that!

Leave a Reply