Tonight's Menu featured a main dish inspired from the excellent foodie site, Food Republic: http://www.foodrepublic.com/2012/09/11/pomegranate-brisket-recipe. I can't say enough good things about how well the dish turned out. Very flavorful.
Very unfortunate however that I did not get a good enough shot of the final dish to show you. In the new year I will resolve to plate one dish of all the courses ahead of time and perform the shoot before the company arrives.
Instead I have a picture of the magnum of champagne we enjoyed. And wow was it an experience: a 1998 Piper Heidsieck 'Rare' cuvée Champagne. Notes of buttered toast, caramel, citrus - a rare treat indeed. Wish I had more. Because it was a magnum shared among 8 of us, I did use some of this juice in the cocktail at the beginning. Some would consider this wasteful to mix such a standalone gem with anything, but if you believe in using the best ingredients, this one took the cocktail to a whole new level. Only one-half glass each was used before switching to the Champagne in its pure form!
Wishing everyone a healthy Shana Tova worthy of many bubbly celebrations.