As the seasons change and the brisk October air of autumn chills us all, I always start to think of the warm comfort foods that have satisfied my cravings over the years. I think back to my grandmother’s hearty chicken pot pie filled with earthly goodness, the succulent leg of lamb that has made my mother a culinary master in my eyes, and the classic steak that my father roasts to perfection. Executive Chef Matt Volpe of the Yankee Doodle Tap Room has embraced this comfort food theme with classic dishes and new dishes that are sure to excite.
Chef Volpe has created two new appetizers to our menu, the Brie Lobster and Chicken Pot Stickers. The Brie Lobster features soft brie cheese and lumps of lobster meat wrapped together in phyllo, then baked to a crisp golden brown and served with a portobello sherry sauce.
The delicious Chicken Pot Stickers have bits of chicken wrapped in an Oriental pastry, and then pan fried and served on a bed of sesame mustard sauce with pickled ginger and drizzled with soy sauce.
To continue with his classic comfort foods, Chef Volpe has created these new entrees to the menu that will delight your taste buds and fulfill your winter time appetites. Below are descriptions of the new dishes with suggested wine pairings:
A braised lamb shank served with roasted vegetables & chive mashed potatoes and then topped with a lemon-rosemary gremolata
Edna Valley Syrah, this is a full bodied wine with enticing aromas of ripe black cherries, violets and sun ripened plums that follow through on the palate.
A 10oz. frenched chicken breast encrusted with maple and pecans, served with spinach, whipped sweet potatoes, and a dried cherry demi-glaze
Mason Sauvignon Blanc, this is a light and crisp wine with floral aromas and lively melons and grapefruit accents.
Herb Crusted Tilapia
Tilapia topped with rosemary, thyme, basil and butter served with rice pilaf, asparagus, and a citrus beurre blanc
Echelon Pinot Grigio, a brilliant golden color with tropical lemon and pineapple flavors complemented by floral and spicy notes.