Food & Drink

April 27, 2013

Food and Wine, Wine and Food; Tell us about your best food and wine spiritual experience

“A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread and Thou” - Omar Khayyam

The 2012 Super Bowl party that I went to was the BEST Super Bowl food party ever. Ever. And how I can say this is that here I am 16 months later still talking about the food. My friend, FOODalogue hosted the gathering in her home; her menu was exceptional, a little bit of this, a little bit of that……(she laughs when I say that, but to me it was). Every single one of her dishes resonated with me on some level.  We’ve all been there, where everything was in alignment, the food, the wine, the ambiance, the company….remember your food and beverage alignment?

Birthday menu, Charlie Trotter’s

Charlie Trotter has been quoted saying of his dining experience at Girardet in Switzerland ”All four elements were happening in equal measure – the cuisine, the wine, the service, and the overall ambiance  It taught me that dining could happen at a spiritual level. When attended to with extraordinary detail the whole transcends each component beyond the sum of the parts.”

I’ve been fortunate to experience some wonderful dinners, and one of my most memorable was my 40th birthday celebration at Charlie Trotter’s and yes, it was quite spiritual. Mr. Trotter achieved what he set out to accomplish.

What I want to know is all about your best food and wine spiritual alignment. It doesn’t have to be on the fancy and expense scale of a Charlie Trotter’s, I don’t care if it was a fish taco in Baja California, Mexico, just tell us how it moved you. We don’t need a missive, a few short sentences will do. Tell us about your food and beverage alignment in the comment section. We’ll compile the memorable and the amusing into a post. If you have a [good] picture (of you and/or the food/wine) to accompany your spiritual food movement, send it in an email to sffw09 [@] gmail dot com and we’ll post it along with your experience. Ready. Set. Go!



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  1. bobby d

    the time you and I had dinner…..for 7 hours! I didn’t think it was possible to talk and eat and drink for that long in one sitting.

  2. james l

    I don’t ever remember being aligned. I’m so off skew, but there was dinner in Paris in ’82 with this gal. A blond. Don’t remember much about the food or the wine but I’ll tell you Christine, it was magical. Something out of a movie. For a few short hours I was transported to another dimension. I didn’t want the night to end. Maybe it was Paris. Maybe it was the food & wine as you say….it was definitely the blond. And I’ll always have Paris.

  3. joan nova

    For a real ‘party in the mouth’ and literal response, it’s pan-seared foie gras and fruit with a sparkling moscato, followed closely by bone marrow and nice a zin or cab. Unctuousness!

    However, I firmly believe that it’s the sum of cuisine, wine and ambience that makes for the ultimate experience. Eating the best food in the world in a formal stiff atmosphere doesn’t compare to a good happy hour with laughing friends.

    I’m sending you a photo of my most recent ‘spiritual’ pairing – German sausage, cabbage, mustards and pretzel with a beer on deck while cruising the Rhine. It’s not wine but all the elements were aligned and it made for a memorable experience.

    P.S. My anti-Super Bowl party lives on … what fun!

  4. a charmed life

    The night I was proposed to on The Seine, with “A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread and Thou”. Nothing has compared to that night….ever. You talk about the stars aligning.

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