Three Hour Tour - End of Year Feast

Last Friday, we set aside laptops, documents, headsets, iPads, and code a little early so we could powder our noses and make our way to the fabled kitchen of Chef Pascal Sauton for an end of year team gathering and feast.  For now more than a year Pascal’s home kitchen has been at his very own Milwaukie Kitchen & Wine just south of Portland.  The place certainly fulfilled its mission to be a “gathering place to celebrate community through food and drink” that night.  Pascal entertained us with stories and culinary instruction while preparing and serving:



Denoit Sparkling Brut (FR)Butternut Squash Puree with Crispy Chicken Skin & Pomegranate

First Course:

Green Pea Pancake (Gluten Free) with Smoked Salmon

2006 Clisson Muscadet (FR)  Shaved Fennel, Crème Fraîche, Cilantro

Second Course

Seared Moulard Duck Breast with Port Sauce

Potato Paillasson, Cheesy Spinach

2008 Rioja Lorinon Crianza (SP)


Crema Catalana with Pear Hazelnut Compote

and Cocoa Nib Cookie  Boutinet Pineau des Charentes (FR)

Ristretto Roasters Coffee & Decaf

We learned a bunch (Ben and I have since attempted a couple of the Pascal-inspired dishes and techniques), and we had a terrific time, though regretting the absence of a couple people who were felled by the flu or marooned on the beaches of Cambodia.  If anyone out there is looking for an original and fun way to do a company party or to take a three hour tour through culinary goodness, we highly recommend giving Pascal a ring.