How The Menus Get Made - A Podcast

From upper left: Ian, Steve, Josh, Amy (Christine is taking the pic)

From upper left: Ian, Steve, Josh, Amy (Christine is taking the pic)

So a couple of week's ago, Sunday Dinner Club sat down with Ian and Steve from Vinejoy and drank a bunch of wine out of paper bags.  We were menu planning of course.  Specifically, we were dreaming up our Valentine's Day 2013 menu.  We recorded this meeting.  There is quite a bit of slurring, background music, rickies, drinking, occasional vulgarities, religious exploration and wasted time.

We are sharing this recording with you.  We feel vulnerable.  You will hear myself (Josh Kulp), my co-chef Christine Cikowski, our sous-chef Amy Hoover, along with our wine friends Ian and Steve.

You gotta eat salty tasty food when wine pairing - just got to.

You gotta eat salty tasty food when wine pairing - just got to.

Just a heads up on what you might hear if you listen.  We tasted wines out of paper bags - it was a blind tasting so we would not be influenced by labels or grapes.  If you are interested in how we chefs spend our time and also how we navigate the process of collaborative menu planning, you might enjoy listening.

SDC Vinejoy Valentine's Day Menu Planning Podcast (NSFW!!)  

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And the menu we created with the wines:

Cool Ranch Crackers

Illinois Sparkling Bubbly

Green Curry Lobster and Corn Soup, Bay Scallops, Thai Basil and Cilantro

Force of Nature Pinot Gris

Bo Ssam Pork, Smoked Paprika and Spaghetti Squash Salad

Force of Nature Tempranillo

Cashew Sesame Noodles, Charred Sirloin and Garlicky Summer Beans

Force of Nature Cabernet Sauvignon

Salted Shortbread Cookies with Chili and Caramelia Chocolate Ganache

Force of Nature Zinfandel

I bought Ian's Glasses!

I bought Ian's Glasses!