I find myself writing about fine-dining all the time on The JetSet Family because of my lil’ JetSet Foodie. Every experience is wonderful, but what happens when you are invited by the Hotel Bel-Air to be a special guest for a dinner of a lifetime prepared by Chef Wolfgang Puck and Daniel Boulud? Oh, I’ll tell you, you scream at your laptop monitor, “GET OUT!” Forget to breathe, shake your hands in disbelief and then you run and call your best JetSet friend to make plans. Of course when I’m excited or nervous I mix in a pinch of sarcastic humor, so the phone call went a little something like this…
“Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrng! Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrng! “Hello? Wanna do dinner tomorrow? I figured I can have Wolfgang and Daniel prepare a meal for us. Kinda like that time we hung out with WP & President Obama in that backyard and watched the Foo Fighters perform.” BWAHAHAHHAAHA! (Oh. my. goodness. Who are we?)”
For the record, yes, I am JetSet Mom, and even I cannot believe my JetSet life and JetSet stories really happened!
JetSet Knox and I arrived at the at Hotel Bel-Air shortly after 6 pm. I had not been there since the remodel and I was excited to see the transformation. However, tonight, I was most excited about Chefs Puck and Boulud joining forces for the first time in celebration of Chef Daniel’s newest cookbook, DANIEL. This was something I was not taking lightly. The legendary chefs decided on the menu only hours before, using fresh farmers’ market ingredients. Dinner was $220 per person and guests could opt to include a wine pairing for $85. Each table also received a signed copy of Chef Daniel’s cookbook.
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Once seated, we were served course after course of delicious foods conceptualized personally by Chefs Wolfgang Puck and Daniel Boulud. Paired with the most fabulous Italian wines and Dalmore Highland single malt scotch, the plates were culinary works of art exploding with flavors that I have never experienced before. And I fell in love. The whole evening was mind blowing, but to be tasting a dish and have Wolfgang Puck himself stop at your table to ask how your evening was is definitely a special moment we will never forget.
First Course by Wolfgang Puck
:: Smoked Chicken Liver Pastrami and White Truffle ‘Toad in a Hole’ ::
Second Course by Daniel Boulud
:: Caraway-Cured Tai Snapper with Cucumber Dill Broth, Osetra Caviar, and Sea Urchin ::
Third Course by Wolfgang Puck
:: Santa Barbara Spot Prawn with Nam Prik Noom, Holy Basil and Coriander ::
Fourth Course by Daniel Boulud
:: Slow Baked Turbot a la Polonaise with Cauliflower Gratin, Romanesco, Marcona Almonds ::
Fifth Course by Wolfgang Puck
:: Wolfe Ranch Quail Stuffed with Sweetbreads, Italian White Truffles, Jerusalem Artichokes, and Brussel Sprouts ::
Sixth Course by Daniel Boulud
:: Duo of Beef – Braised Black Angus Short Ribs, Seared Wagyu Tenderloin, Chermoula Spiced Carrot Puree, Porcini Duxelle ::
Dessert by Wolfgang Puck
:: Scotch Whisky Chocolate Cake, Urfa Biber, and Popcorn Sherbert ::
:: Apple, Cotton Candy and S’more ::
It would be impossible to pick favorites of this selection considering I was in truffle paradise; however there were a few items that stood out and could be considered highlights of the evening. Without a doubt, I am head over heels for the Franciacorta Ca’ del Bosco “Cuvee Prestige”, Lombardy. It is now my favorite sparking wine and I can’t wait to enjoy it again. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the smoked chicken liver pastrami and white truffle ‘Toad in a Hole’ was beyond anything I have ever tasted before. So was Chef Daniel’s snapper. I especially loved the Osetra caviar and the Santa Barbara prawn was perfectly cooked. The buttery popcorn sherbert is the best dessert I’ve ever had – it makes me so happy. But, the cotton candy macaroon? Pure heaven.
Is there something you swore you’d never try, but did, and now love it?
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air | 701 Stone Canyon Rd, Los Angeles, CA | (310) 472-1211
Photo credits: Nicole Standley, Hotel Bel-Air and Chef Wolfgang Puck.
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