13th Annual Spirit of Mount Vernon Heritage Gala
Inspired by a historic recipe found in George Washington’s mansion records and crafted by a team of master distillers from the nation’s top whiskey brands, bottle #11 of 24 from the first batch of rye whiskey distilled at Mount Vernon in 200 years bearing the signature of former President Bill Clinton, sold for an impressive $32,000 contributing to the overall $400,000 purse. Since inception, the gala has raised over $3.25 million dollars toward the mission “to preserve, restore, and manage the estate of George Washington to the highest standards and to educate visitors and people throughout the world about the life and legacies of George Washington, so that his example of character and leadership will continue to inform and inspire future generations”.
To compliment the spirits, Design Cuisine Account Executive Christine Cadima and our team forged a menu fit for the first President, and all his present day supporters. The first course was comprised of an earthy duo of colored beets, spring pea shoots, and goat cheese quenelles picking up notes of oak and toffee most notably present in locally distilled rye. Herbed toasts and asparagus drizzled with champagne vinaigrette cut through those caramel tannins with a crisp and welcome acidity.
The entrée, Roasted Colorado Lamb, was served alongside a starchy French gratin, heirloom carrots, charred broccolini and pistachio chutney. A rustic mouthful that complimented not only the atmosphere of Historic Mount Vernon, but warmed up the chilly night when coupled with the Honey Thyme Sour crafted with Knob Creek Bourbon, Chef Shannon’s drink of choice.
Right when we thought we’d climbed the proverbial peak of flavor, Sticky Toffee Pudding, caramel sauce and housemade vanilla bean ice cream made its way to the table.
Calories don’t count when you’re honoring the forefather of this great country right?
Photos by ImageLink Moving Pictures.