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Marie Gabrielle January 26, 2007

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Spending the whole day in Angelika listening to the presentation all day long.  Becky outlined the focus for creating cravable food items for all brands next fiscal year.  Doug told his stories about being a “foodie.”  Kraft foodservice had a section related to the future of dining.  At the end of day, six Brinker culinary team, mostly chefs, are upfront on the stage for a discussion and Q&A section.  Generally, it’s very interesting and learn a lot of the industry and the love of food from the chefs.

The dinner is the highlight.  Marie Gabrielle is located at downtown Centex building.  Starting with a couple of Mango Mojito.  Man, I was a happy women after two shots of it.  Brinker invites Andrea Robertson, an award-wining sommelier (who knows everything about wine), as a guest speaker and introduce some great wines for the food.  She even gave every guest a Complete Wine Course DVD for us to take home.  The food and the wine are amazing.  Here is the menu:

Salad  – French Chevre Cheesecake with Roasted Pear, Brick Oven Heirloom Tomatoes and Texas Micro Greens, Garnished with Balsmic Paint and Arugula Pesto

Paired with Drylands Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, 2006

Sorbet – Watermelon Sorbet Garnished with Star Fruit and Kiwi Sauce

Dual Entree Selection – Expresso and Molasses Rubbed Filet Mignon Blueberry Demi Glace and Asparagus Crusted Seabass Served with a Champagne Lemongrass Sauce Smoked Gouda and Grilled Corn Polenta

Paired with Franciscan “Cuvee Sauvage” Chardonnay, Carne4os, 2004  and Franciscan “Magnificat”, Oakville, Napa Valley, 2003

Dessert – Coca-cola cake with Pecans, Roasted Marshmallow Ice Cream Turbonado Torched Bananas and Spiced Rum Anglaise

Paired with Inniskillin “Gold” Vidal Oak Aged Ice Wine, Canada, 2004

Four different wines for one meal.  All of them are amazingly tasty.  Even as a non-wine drinker, I enjoy all of them a lot.  Since I become a Brinkerhead, I think I start to love wine a lot more than before.  Maybe after watching the DVD, I will become a wine pro.

It’s such a long day for the love of food and beverage.  Kraft gave everyone a huge bag of gifts to take home as well.  It’s a lot of stuffs in there.

Tomorrow we are back to Brinker for the last day of Sharpening the Saw…

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