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PAIRINGS:
Roasted Escargots Butter Oregano Parsley

A dry white wine such as a sauvignon blanc or even a chardonnay would be a nice pairing with the rich and indulgent flavors of the escargot and butter.

Strip Loin Chanterelles Mustard-Glazed Brussels Sprouts Pecans

Chef Colby has a variety of pairings to recommend serving with the Strip Loin based on your or your fellow dinner club members’ preferences. As Colby developed this recipe, he imagined sipping a bourbon or strong whiskey—the dark, toasty liquor reminding him of the ingredients incorporated in the recipe.

However, if you are not a fan of hard liquor, he recommends enjoying your favorite light or medium brew such as a pale ale. Pale ale is known for its amber color and complex, slightly bitter flavor. He might be biased, but his favorite pale ale is from Kansas City’s own Boulevard Brewing Company. If wine is your preferred pairing, he recommends a dry white such as a sauvignon blanc or chardonnay.

Stone Fruit Cobbler Sugar Cookie Crust

Chef Megan would first recommend a bubbly-fun sparkling wine or champagne to enjoy with the Stone Fruit Cobbler.

For a non-alcoholic pairing, you can take simple lemonade and pair it with one of the fruits in your cobbler, such as a Blueberry Lemonade with Fresh Mint

AMBIANCE:
The tastes of the summer are best enjoyed outside, where you can feel the warmth of the summer season while you dine. All you need for an elegant outdoor setting is a simple canvas tablecloth, colorful napkins, some tea candles, and flowers. Take a cue from these ideas:Natural Notes
Arrange wildflowers in a glass vase for a simple, colorful centerpiece. Adding lemons or limes to the mix will create depth and texture. For a more dramatic look, hang the flower arrangements from a fishing line above the table. Another option is to decorate with lemongrass in planners or serving trays.Colorful Details
Add dimension to the table by hanging colorful napkins over the edge of the table at each place setting. This will also free up some table space.

A Glowing Menu
Leave a serving tray at the table to showcase appetizers and small bites. Let the food shine by placing a few tea candles on the tray.