Winery dinners are a big part of Cornucopia. As the name would suggest, it’s an opportunity for restaurants and wineries to pair up to see what kind of magic they can produce when the epicurean goodness of the former collides with a fabulous vino. In most cases, it’s something pretty special and as it should at $175 per person.
This winery dinner was particularly interesting as for me both collaborators are well-established names in their respective worlds. Hy’s Steakhouse is synonymously known by many as one of the best steakhouses, ever. And the Burrowing Owl Winery is one of BC’s brightest gems, still family-owned and operated by the Wyse family.
An amuse bouche trio to start: risotto balls, jumbo cocktail shrimp and tuna tartare.
with cucumber spaghetti
Burrowing Owl Chardonnay 2009
Crisp duck confit
braised puy lentils
Burrowing Owl Pinot Noir 2009
Canadian Prime Filet Mignon with seared foie gras
celeriac & potato mash and haricot vert
Burrowing Owl Merlot 2009
Burrowing Owl Athene 2009
Gorgonzola panna cotta
dried fig compote
Burrowing Owl “Coruja”
If you’re a meat and wine lover, this is one great way to experience Cornucopia. The star of the meal hands down was the foie gras topped filet mignon, and the 2009 Burrowing Owl Athene that accompanied it. With Burrowing Owl Proprietor Chris Wyse circulating the event, it was one special way to have dinner accompanied by the wine maker that helped produce the very vino you were sipping.