A stones throw from the 101, the best kept secret in bay area food and fashion are the events at The Four Seasons Hotel in East Palo Alto’s own restaurant, Quattro.
Starting with the food. The meals feature local ingredients, so fresh that the were picked or foraged while you were still swapping shoes with your evening’s outfit. For Saturday’s event, Quattro Chef Marco Fossati created a four course dinner to pair with Sommelier Claudio Villani’s picks. In this case, Sequoia Grove, Corison, and Domaine Carneros—three Napa wineries whose winemakers all happen to be very talented women, an appropriate pairing since proceeds benefited Stanford’s Women’s Health program.
My favorite thing about eating at the events at Quattro is that each meal is a unique experience. After attending the Kate Spade New York Trunk Show luncheon, and feasting on such creative dishes as a watermelon soup, thin swordfish steak, and a divine custard, I knew I was in a for a real treat, and Fossati once again delivered colorful plates of whimsical and satisfying food that played off the night perfectly.
Here is what was on the menu Saturday night:
First Course/Wine Pairing:
5:10* Poached Glaum Egg with A 2008 Corsion Winery Gerwurtztraminer
*In case you’re wondering, that’s the time Fossati swears by for poaching.
Second Course/Wine Pairing:
Flower Lasagnette & Vegetable with a 2008 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvigon
Third Course/Wine Pairing:
Pure Berkshire Pork “Arista” with a 2003 Corison Winery Cabernet Sauvigon
Fourth Course/Wine Pairing:
Walnut “Nocino” Semifreddo with a Domaine Carneros Brut Rose
Fashion Show featuring local designer:
Camilla Olson’s innovative fashion apparel definitely turned heads. Just look for yourself, these are clothes that make an entrance. Pairings seemed to be the theme of the night, as each one of Olson’s creations consisted of a leather cage over a hand-worked silk dress, which was from time to time accessorized with a flowing silk scarf. A very cool feature of Olson’s work is that the leather cages can be mixed and matched with dresses, so you will never be at a lack of options, and really what women doesn’t love options in her closet? The detail that really popped was the design effect Olson achieved on her silk through a Japanese arts inspired laser cut technique. It sounded like a painstaking technique that Camilla was able to commercialize, and make look rather effortless and subtle on the dresses and scarves. Not something easily understood on your second glass of Chardonnay, but very easy to appreciate!
Camilla’s Made to Measure collection was shown at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for spring/summer 2011.
Of course, every guest at the benefit did not go home on an empty stomach, but little did we know we also wouldn’t go home empty handed. Camilla graciously gave every place setting one of her handmade silk printed scarves. If you are interested in one for yourself take a look at her open studio in Palo Alto (more info on her website) and you can find her scarves at the hotel lobby of The Four Seasons in East Palo Alto. I will be styling my silk hanky tied around my purse or a pearl bracelet!
The wonderful and inspiring ladies whose wines were featured on the menu were Eileen Crane, Molly Hill, and Cathy Corison, who combined, boasted over 70 years of wine making experience. Molly’s Sequoia Grove 2008 cab went over well—it was a surprising pair, having a Cabernet Sauvignon matched up with something as light as a spinach pasta dish, but the red wine wasn’t as a heavy or tannic as many of us have come to expect from cabs that are big, bold, and high in alcohol. I was able to try her Chardonnay at the reception as well and that too was not to be passed up.
Corison’s Gewurztraminer and Cabernet Sauvignon paired up pleasantly as well. The 2003 cab was another well-balanced and versatile red wine—reminiscent of my favorite Spanish and Italian reds. The Gewurtz was a favorite of mine, it brought a crisp, dry flavor which was great.
Finishing off the dinner with a decadent and unexpected dessert of figs and walnut semi freddo with a light balsamic sauce paired with a Brut Rosé that had just the right flavor, neither overpowering the other.
Please do check out these wineries, after all it’s only a short car drive away to Napa Valley, these women are doing amazing things and have truly memorable wines.
Winemaker at Sequia Grove Winery
8338 St.Hellena Highyway, Napa, Ca 94558
Winemaker/Proprietor at Corison Winery
987 St.Helena highway, St Helena,Ca 94574
Winemaker at Domaine Carneros
1240 Duhig Road, Napa California 94559
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All Photography by Jeff Gire