Apple Wood Smoked Duckling at Trellis at The Heathman Hotel KirklandOn Saturday October 8, 2011 Trellis at The Heathman Hotel Kirkland hosted an amazing Fall Harvest Dinner to celebrate their 4th anniversary.  The Harvest Dinner was a sold-out affair with Chefs Philippe Boulot and Michael Stanton of The Heathman Restaurant & Bar in Portland, Ore., alternated courses with Trellis executive chef Brian Scheehser, for a six-course meal, which featured seasonal produce from Chef Scheehser’s 10-acre farm in Woodinville, Washington and paired with regional wines.

Guests began the celebration with a lively pre-dinner reception where they had the opportunity to mingle with the chefs, as well as executives from both Kirkland and Portland Heathman properties.

Although advertised as a five-course meal, The Heathman and its chefs found a way to sneak in a sixth.  The menu started with a potato apple glaze croquant paired with a 2009 Chehalem Pinot Gris, then came a roasted pear salad with a special kind of “mini pear” grown in Woodinville on Chef Scheehser’s farm and paired  with a 2010 Delile Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc.  The third course was a very tasty Sole Dieppoise (please don’t ask for the pronunciation) – it was cooked to perfection with mussels, and bay shrimp in an apple cider cream sauce, paired with a 2010 Woodward Canyon Chardonnay.

Following a brief break came an apple sorbet, the fourth course was another highlight.  The Apple Wood Smoked Duckling was extremely flavorful well prepared with braised endive, watercress and a farm blackberry essence, complete with blackberries from the farm.  It was paired with a very nice 2009 Besoliel from Betz Family Winery.

The fifth course started winding down the meal with an artisan cheese plate with a variety of cheeses paired with a 2008 Francis Tannahill Passito.  The meal finished up with a very decadent rustic apple and quince tart with a Calvados caramel glaze.

Congratulations to Trellis and The Heathman Hotel Kirkland for a great first four years – and a most excellent Fall Harvest Dinner.  If you did not get a chance to attend, you might want to consider making early plans to attend the next Wine Dinner at Trellis, but in the mean time when you are looking for an excellent seasonal dining experience, venture into Trellis – you will be most happy that you did.

Up Next:  Check back soon to read all about the boutique hotel and award winning restaurant at The Heathman Hotel Portland, as well as the amazing dining and hotel options in Whistler, BC.

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