A couple of weeks ago, Feaston motored on out to Gettysburg and let some of our friends at The Cashtown Inn do the cooking for us.
It was a seven course Italian wine dinner, complete with owner Jack Paladino’s Italian family recipes.
The dinner was amazing and came in Vesuvius-sized portions. And the wine! Oh, the wine! It was like we were in Willy Wonka’s Wine Factory.
I took pictures all throughout the dinner. Some are not the best and for two reasons: It was dark and I didn’t want to bother people with the flash. And I was drunk.
First Course: Tuna carpaccio with olive oil, capers and sea salt. It was paired with a 2007 Terrazzo Bianco.
Second Course: Cured meats, artisan cheeses, olives, marinated vegetables, roaster pepper salad and house-made foccacia. It was served with a 2007 Argillae Orvieto.
Third Course: Fried buffalo mozzarella cheese with calamari and fra-diavlo sauce. It was paired with a 2006 Lechthaler Pinot Nero.
Fourth Course: Pasta e fagioli with white beans, beggies, ground beef and pasta in tomato and beef broth. I don’t remember with what it was served.
Fifth Course: Sunday gravy with linguini, lasagna and shrimp scampi, served with rosemary red spuds and Parmesan baked asparagus. It was paired with a hearty 2007 Pecchenino Dolcetto di Dogliani.
Sixth Course: House-made espresso gelato served with hand-stuffed canoli. It was served with Marini, a sort of sweeter dessert wine.
Seventh Course: Chocolate dipped biscotti. I didn’t take a picture of this one, but you get the idea. Michelle and I looked forward to this dinner for about three months or so.
If you’re ever in Gettysburg, scoot your but up to the Cashtown Inn. Order whatever Don Paladino suggests.