Jenn’s Gourmet Galley is known for their down home cooking with a gourmet flair, and last week she brought the down home cooking of Northern Italy to Montgomery County with an authentic six course Italian dinner.
The meal was enjoyed by over 30 local residents clamoring to get a taste of authentic Italian cuisine.
The meal started with fresh baked bread. Diners were served focaccia and a standard load of bread. There was a pepper spread and an herb butter as well.
The appetizer was carpaccio, which consisted of thinly sliced filet served with parmesan, reggiano and capers. The meat was delicious and melted in your mouth. The dish proved to be a perfect start to the meal and was a personal favorite throughout most of the meal.
Italian Wedding Soup followed. The generous amount of chicken broth was filled with vegetables and featured some tasty chicken meatballs. The savory soup was a nice follow up to the fillet.
A Caprese salad followed. It featured fresh basil topped with roma tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and extra virgin olive oil. The salad was a tasty mid point to the meal that allowed one to cleanse their pallete for the main course.
My personal highlight of the evening was the osso bucco. The large portion of pork shank had been braised to perfection with white wine and vegetables and bathed in a delicious broth. Many of the residents were asking for carry out containers before the end of this course.
Jenn followed by osso bucco with a bold branzino. The sauteed sea bass was served with lime, ginger and shallots. This was by far the boldest flavored course of the night. The sea bass was perfectly prepared and the flavors popped with every bite.
The evening wrapped up with a tasty zabaione. The warm custard was tangy and was a rich end to the evening.
Jennifer Brewer, the owner of Jenn’s Gourmet, invited her high school friend Karen Meynardi to help with the meal. Maynardi lives in Pennsylvania. She learned to cook authentic Italian food from her mother in law who lives in Milan, Italy.
Maynardi, an avid mountain biker, jumped at the chance to visit Montgomery County. She stated that she suggested serving a Southern meal, which would include dishes more familiar to most Americans. The southern part of Italy is known for their marinara sauce, pasta and cheese. However, Jennifer wanted to feature the food of the northern country and the meal was conceived as it was served.
Jenn’s Gourmet Galley offers a meal event each month or so. The first event featured a French seven course meal and May’s event will feature Cajun cuisine.
Jenn’s Gourmet Galley is located seven miles east of Mount Ida on Highway 270 East next to Crystal Inn.