Despite my world travels, I’ve lived nearly my entire life in or around Portland, Oregon. It’s not until I go away that I realize how easy it is to take the Pacific Northwest food and wine scene for granted. It’s also no surprise that many of my friends work in the food and wine industry.
One such friend is Jared Goodman, the owner of Morgan St Theater. With no formal culinary training, his success has already been noted in Portland Monthly’s February issue. Morgan St Theater was listed amongst the many talented and creative ice cream connoisseurs in this town! He stands by his promise to create fantastic flavors, unexpected contrasts and give patrons more than one memory to bring home.
So imagine my excitement when he extended the invitation to taste-test his “dress rehearsal” for this year’s Valentines pop-up event, aptly titled An Evening in Spain. I invited a small group of friends to join me at Jared’s home. We were all a little giddy with nervous anticipation as we entered through the side gate and walked along the candlelit path to the back of the house.
Jared shared his backstory of his love for telling stories through his dessert creations. He stated his desire to balance a time for experimentation with satisfying the expectation for decadence. He had us taste each course of his Valentine’s Day menu followed by a time of honest feedback.
I hesitate to post any pictures from “dress-rehearsal” because by final curtain call, plating or flavors might change. I will say this, not a single one of us left unsatisfied.
An Evening in Spain ~ Saturday, February 14
*menu is subject to change
Queso Postre: Salted honey and brown butter ice cream, aged Manchego, membrillo (quince paste) and chocolate-rye crisps
Spain-wich: Olive oil ice cream, baguette, orange-sherry sabayon, chocolate-olive oil sauce, smoked paprika
Churro-Changa: Fresh mint ice cream, churros, harissa chocolate sauce, creme fraiche (mascarpone pillows)
As Jared says, “there are so many more themes and adventures to explore in the wonderful world of ice cream desserts.” Join this adventure An Evening in Spain (or Chocolate 3 Ways) Saturday February 14, 2015. There are only 10 seats left!
The event will be hosted at the location behind Old Salt Marketplace. Enjoy the flavors of Spain from dessert to sherry pairings. Patrons will also get the added bonus of live flamenco starring Seattle’s Cuerdas y Clavos. It will be an evening you won’t forget!