An Evening at Harvest
To finish off my whirlwind review of Madison eating this week, I wanted to end on our highest gastronomical note. (I still have a few Madison yummies up my sleeve, but they’ll pop up when you least expect it!) We wanted to have one “nice” meal while we were there and I suggested L’Etoile and Harvest. I hadn’t been to either, but both are known for their sustainable, organic ingredients and phenomenal cuisine. I left it up to R to peruse the menus and decide, since he has a pickier palate than I do.
He decided that Harvest’s menu was more appealing, so that’s what we did. I think I can safely say it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life. From the moment we walked in the door to the last drop of organic mint tea, the atmosphere was relaxed, inviting and slow. In the best way possible. It was the kind of meal where you have all the time in the world with the best company you could ask for and some pretty fantastic food in front of you.
We went all out on this meal and treated ourselves to a bit of extravagance. The only course not pictured below was the cheese course because we inhaled it too quickly to snap a photo. But instead of rambling on about the deliciousness of each course, I think I’d rather show you.
Let the meal begin!
We had a lovely half bottle of Conundrum, a light and fruity wine from California. And screw top too!
Complimentary Amuse Bouche: Cold Cream of Asparagus Soup in a tiny terrine
My 1st Course: Minestrone with big chunks of fresh, seasonal vegetables with a pesto drizzle
R’s 1st Course: Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Toasted Hazel Nuts
My Main Course: Salmon on top of Fingerling Potatoes and Asparagus
R’s Main Course: Short Ribs on White Polenta with Celery Root and Apple
[INSERT YOUR IDEA OF A CHEESE PLATE HERE. YOU'D THINK WE WOULD HAVE SLOWED DOWN ENOUGH AT THIS POINT TO TAKE A PICTURE!]
Three Wisconsin cheeses including the best blue cheese in the world (really, it won an award)
Dessert: Strawberry Mousse with Wild Strawberries on top
It truly was an amazing meal. The ingredients were simple, fresh and unbelievably tasty. And I cannot say enough wonderful things about the service. The hostess, our server and all of the waitstaff were gracious and attentive without being over-bearing. They were even calm and helpful when R knocked over an entire bowl of sugar cubes, which left them strewn across the restaurant floor. (It was pretty funny!) If you are ever in Madison, I highly recommend an evening here – I promise you won’t regret it!