We had a fantastic taste sensation evening on Thursday with Gaggenau and Montpellier wine merchant, Appellation Nation.  Our guests began by taking the opportunity to further understand the 200 series Gaggenau on display and enjoyed a glass of fizz served with home baked sea-salt and rosemary focaccia with dipping oils.  

The main event of the evening took place downstairs with an international wine journey and in-depth cookery demonstration on our 400 series oven, steam oven and sous vide drawer.  An unexpected highlight of the sous vide demonstration was a salad of compressed melon, feta and mint which was served with a stunningly complex German Riesling.

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The Teppan Yaki was in full flow not only producing king prawn and pineapple salsa but also sizzling beef steaks served with parmesan shavings, rocket with a balsamic drizzle.  The steaks were first prepared in the sous vied drawer and then cooked in the steam oven and served perfectly medium-rare.  The sumptuous mixed fish and fennel dish including sea bream, mullet and bass was a beautifully flavorsome dish paired expertly with a beautiful Italian Pinot Grigio.

To finish we were treated to spiced plum and almond meringue roulade and gooey chocolate muffins with crème Chantilly and raspberries.  This was served with a glass of lightly chilled 2007 Valpolicella from Italy.  A perfect way to round off the evening.

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Our thanks to Lisa Lodwig Photography, Derek and Sharon from Gaggenau and to Dave from Appellation Nation who's expertise and knowledge were both fascinating and insightful.