Welcome to What You're Missing KC! The blog adventures of a KC Foodie.
I believe the Kansas City metro area has quite an eclectic mix of culinary delights. I am making it my full time mission to eat, drink, cook, shop and explore my way around KC. If I happen to stumble upon something other than food that I think you are missing, I will definitely share it on here as well!
You know I am a fan of Seasons 52 and their concept of
serving upscale fresh cuisine while still keeping it light and healthy. The new
autumn dishes are no exception to this and are hearty, comforting, and
satisfying, while still keeping with the low calorie concept of being 475
calories or less!
Dishes include steak, quail, chicken and even a vegetarian
option and are all accompanied by seasonal fall inspired sides. Seasons 52‘s Master
Sommelier, George Miliotes, recommends a list of “Drink Them Before They’re
Famous” wines to go with these dishes.
In addition to the new wine offerings on the Autumn menu,
Chef Clifford Pleau, Executive Chef at Seasons 52, is introducing seasonal
culinary offerings. I attended a preview event recently where I had the chance
to sample the a few of the new dishes and the wine. Warning it WILL make you hungry!
Hummus & Crisp Sea Salt Lavosh – minted edamame hummus, red roasted chili
hummus. I am a sucker for any kind of hummus and to having two, put a smile on my face. In addition the Lavosh Flatbread is light and crispy.
Wine Pairing: Vista Hills Orange Pinot Gris, Willamette '11
Grilled Chicken Skewers – Fuji apple slaw, sun-dried cranberries, toasted
pumpkin seeds. One of my favorite dishes of the evening. The chicken was tender and the slaw texturally satisfying with the crunchiness from the pumpkin seeds and the sweet, chewy cranberries.
Wine pairing: Farrier Andiron Semillon, Alexander '09.
Leaf Farms Sesame Duck – chopped greens, apples, mint, cranberries, butternut
squash, toasted pecans. This salad has strong notes of ginger and mint and I absolutely adored it.
Piedmontese All-Natural Bone-in Strip Steak – 11 oz. roasted asparagus, cremini mushrooms, Fingerling potatoes. This Piedmontese beef has 25 percent less calories than other types of beef, due to the way it is raised. It is grown on a small family farm in Nebraska. It is naturally raised and used by Seasons 52, Starkers and many local chefs here in KC and around the country. My husband Steve actually met this family recently. He was in Nebraska for an event where this family was hosting and came home talking about this incredible beef. It was a real treat to try it and must admit it was delish!
Wine pairing: Tilia Bonarda, Mendoza '11/'12
Manchester Farms All-Natural Grilled Quail – mushroom risotto, sauteed spinach, caramelized onions. I know quail is not on very many menus and I am not sure why, it is so tender and flavorful. The risotto was flavorful as well and could be a dish in itself!
Wine pairings: Michael David Petite Petit, Petite Sirah, Lodi '09/’10
Glenelly Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch '10
Pie Mini Indulgence – ginger snap crust. Yum! I love pumpkin and this did not disappoint. The filling was creamy and had perfect hints of cinnamon and cloves, that paired with the crunch of the gingersnap made the perfect ending to this amazing meal.
Zealand Venison Chili – black beans, cilantro sour cream.
Vegetarian Tasting – “grains of life,” soft taco, chili relleno, vegetables,
cedar roasted tofu, mango chutney.
I would like to thank Seasons 52 for hosting such a lovely event and allowing me to share the information with you.
Below is more information from Seasons 52 about the wines they are featuring. If you have not had the chance to visit
Seasons 52, please make time to do so, it is well worth it.
Hills Pinot Grigio-Orange Wine ‘11(Willamette Valley, Oregon) – a current trend-setter and favorite of
in-the-know sommeliers, this wine is neither white nor red and like no other
wine you’ve ever experienced.The
practice of making Orange wine dates back thousands of years to when white and
red grapes were treated the same way in the winery.For this wine, the Pinot Grigio grapes are
kept at length on their grape skins as they are made resulting in
characteristics of both red and white wines.A mix of ripe flavors of raspberry and apples with hints of tannin in a
crisp finish, this Vista Hills pairs great with pork, chicken, seafood and
Godello (Valdeorras, Spain) – made from the Godello grape varietal that was
nearly extinct 20 years ago, this is asworld class a white wine as made anywhere in the world at any price.Featuring an intoxicating golden color with
aromas of white flowers and earth, flavors of cantaloupe and baking spice with
an amazing long finish, this wine is now recognized as having the potential to
be Spain’s and the world’s next great white wine. Great to enjoy on its own,
Avanthia Godello is recommended to pair with seafood and white meats.
Cabernet Sauvignon ’09 (Stellenbosch, South Africa) – considered a French
adventure on African soil, this wine owes its existence to May-Eliane de
Lencquesaing, former owner of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de
Lalande.“Lady-May,” as she is known,
purchased the Glenelly Winery in 2003 and completed the state-of-the-art winery
building in 2009.This red wine has been
fermented naturally and made with as little intervention as possible, seeking
to achieve the perfect balance of French style and South African terroir.This charming Cabernet delivers a classic
Bordeaux profile of complex flavors of black currant, cherry and dark
chocolate, tinged with alluring herbal and spice notes, and can be enjoyed with
all red meats and darker fin fish.
Additional wines featured on the “Drink Them Before They’re
Famous” list include a 2010 Tilia Bonarda from Mendoza, Argentina; Lodi,
California-based David Michael Winery’s 2010 “Petite Petit”; and a 2009 Farrier
“Andiron” Semillon from the Alexander Valley region of Sonoma, California.
“Our ‘Drink Them Before They’re Famous’ wines are an
important element in creating a personalized dining experience that is focused
on adventure and exploration,” explains Miliotes.“These six wines represent what I believe to
be new, now and next in the wine world and I’m confident our guests will find
these selections something worth sharing with friends and family.”
The Seasons 52 “Drink Them Before They’re Famous” program
has served as a springboard for many of today’s recognizable and well-reviewed
wines.For instance, in 2002 Master
Sommelier Miliotes recommended a relatively unknown South African chardonnay
called Indaba.Since featured as part of
the program, Indaba has consistently been reviewed as one of the best
chardonnay values available, including being called “truly mind-boggling
values” by The Wine Advocate’s David Schildknecht.
Seasons 52 changes its menu four times a year with weekly
fresh features to truly capture the flavors of the season. Each valued guest
can be guaranteed the highest quality fresh food, prepared without compromising
great taste or a rich and complete dining experience. Nothing on the menu is
more than 475 calories, from the signature flatbreads and appetizers, to all
entrees and the popular Mini Indulgence desserts.
About Seasons 52
Seasons 52, which debuted in 2003, is a fresh grill and wine
bar that provides guests with a fresh dining experience, enabling them to
celebrate living well.The menu is
orchestrated by award-winning Chef Clifford Pleau, and is inspired by the
seasons and the fresh appeal of the farmers’ market – 52 weeks a year. The
award-winning wine list created and developed by Master Sommelier George
Miliotes – one of over 180 Master Sommeliers worldwide – is consistently
praised for its diverse international selection of 100 wines, including more
than 52 offered by the glass. Seasons 52 is recognized as a forward-thinking
restaurant concept that is “right for the times” and always offers guests
something new to discover.Seasons 52
currently operates 23 restaurants in 13 states across the country. For more
information, please visit Seasons52.com.