Portland Food Adventures started its 5th year with dinner at Adam and Jackie Sappington’s Country Cat, in their private dining spot – the Calico Room. Country Cat has become a staple of the east Mount Tabor neighborhood, and is often busy for both brunch and dinner services. We were started out with a variety of appetizers including Country Cat ham and Dijon salad on mini biscuits, chunky smoked trout on house made potato chips, and pacific oysters with pear mignonette.
This was a very seasonally appropriate menu, with the second course being a hearty caramelized sunchoke and sweet chili soup with chorizo and hazelnut persillade.
Above was our second course, a chilled beef vetaloni with wild mushrooms, fried potato bread, truffled egg and leek vinaigrette, served with a 2011 Wiltinger Riesling.
Adam Sappington came out to talk a bit about the progression of Country Cat, which he opened in 2007, and explain a bit about the menu tonight. We had a rather specialized menu, taking inspiration from the traditional dishes and elevating them a bit for our particular dinner.
Our third course was a confit of pork neck and albacore tuna, with pickled bullseye beets and caper aioli.
The Calico Room was beautifully set up, with the kitchen right near the diners for a real interactive experience. I managed to get a few shots of the kitchen at work, plating our next dish.
Below is one of the most loved dishes of the night, a salad of Kabocha squash, pumpkin spiced buratta, Duck Cracklin’s, almonds, arugula and saba, served with a 2012 Pinot Noir.
Our last main course was a boned, cured and rolled chicken on a slow braised autumn vegetable ragout.
Thank you to the Sappington’s, the great staff of Country Cat and all the attendees for a fabulous night!
Coming up next is an exciting PFA event: John Gorham will host the premiere of Tasty n Son’s new menu. November 18th at 6:30!
Check out some of the guest comments from this event below!