Friday, April 11, 2014

Five Star Dining and Craft Cider in the Triangle of North Carolina

Cider is hot. And we're not talking about hot apple cider. We're talking artisanal craft-brewed cider that is one of the hottest beverages out there. And everyone is abuzz about apples at Herons, the signature Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, North Carolina as they host a dinner on April 17 with Foggy Ridge Cider and Orchadist Diane Flynt. Featuring the signature progressive American style of cuisine of Herons Executive Chef Scott Crawford and the perfectly balanced craft blends of Foggy Ridge, the dinner is sure to be a great celebration of spring.

Foggy Ridge Cider is the brainchild of cidermaker Diane Flynt who is dedicated to quality fruit, impeccable grafting and pruning methods, as well as stingent picking and blending skills. All of these attributes combine to produce a cider with good acidity and lower alcohol content that make her blends a perfect complement to food. Don't believe us? Check out the menu:

Dinner Menu

Border Springs Lamb Carpaccio
Rappahannock River Oysters, Basil-Mustard
“Sweet Stayman” Cocktail: A lightly sweet blend of the Virginia Stayman apple with heirloom varieties such as Gribes Golden and Cox’s Orange Pippin

First Course
Carolina Mountain Trout
Blue Crab, Fish Skin Crackling, Fennel Broth
“Serious Cider:” Crisp and light, a mix of traditional English cider apples with Tremlett’s Bitter and Dabinett and tart American favorites like Ashmead’s Kernel and Roxbury Russet

Second Course
Smoked Veal Sweet Breads
Hickory Barbecue, Charred Ramps, Fava Beans
“First Fruit:” A blend of early season American heirloom apples that create a rich and fruity cider with a lively acidity

Main Course
Heritage Farms Pork
Tenderloin, Rillettes, Trotter, Chicharrones
“Handmade:” Made from Newtown Pippin apples, it offers beautiful soft tannins and a delicate apple flavor with light notes of pear

Earl Grey Tea Cake
Roasted Apricots, Linzer, Warm Honey Caramel

“Pippin Gold:” A unique blend of 100% Newtown Pippin hard cider and apple brandy from Laird and Company, the country’s oldest distiller

The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 followed by dinner. Tickets are $85 per person, exlcluding tax and gratuity. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling 919-447-4000.

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