It was a good meal. And to get the negative out of the way, I thought the peas we had were a little salty for us – we eat very little salt – so the saltiness may not be entirely true for everyone. We would have liked a little more garlic in the potatoes. So will this keep us from going back? Probably not. The Kobe beef that Robin had was so very tender and delicious. My London Broil was good and the Béarnaise sauce on it was wonderful! Robin had an awesome Chocolate Mousse served in a White Chocolate Cup and I had a delicious Crème Brûlée. Here. Look at these photos and enjoy! If you want a more detailed review of the Cottonwood Grille, look at Our Restaurant Guide.
On Monday, June 10, we attended a wine dinner at the Cottonwood Grille featuring the wines of Idaho’s Koenig Vineyards. Chef Jesus did a good job with the paring of the food with the wines. My only comment about the food is it tended to be salty. Maybe I am becoming very aware of the salt amounts in cooking. Nonetheless, some of the entrees were salty. The dinner was well attended and it was interesting to talk to the people at our table. The photo to the left is the menu along with a glass of 2011 Koenig VineyardsMerlot. Below are some other photos from the evening. Do enjoy the presentations and please VOTE. Left-Click any photo to see enlarged. Thanks!
Sorry to have to pan this dinner, but we have had much better dinners at the Cottonwood Grille. This just did not measure up to their standards because of the over use of salt in the dishes. A little salt will enhance the dish and should not overpower it. If I did not know better and know the quality of their dinners, I would not return. And that’s too bad, because the wines were overall very good.
Last night Robin said she would like to go to the Cottonwood Grille for brunch. No problem! It’s always a party when we go there. A good treat, since we missed our seafood this week. And I still had my vegetables before 6:00pm. As we were going into the parking, one of “Boise’s Folks” was at the entrance (photo above). I have no clue as to what or who this is. Just interesting. A strange mixture of cultures here in the Mountain West. Interesting. Enjoy these photos of our breakfast, Left-Click any photo to see enlarged and please VOTE above. Cheers!
On November 6, Stu Smith from Smith-Madrone Winery and Vineyards, visited Boise and we were honored to go to dinner with him at the Cottonwood Grille. From the Smith-Madrone website, there is a link Here, we read that “Brothers Stuart and Charles Smith are the vineyard managers and winemakers of Smith-Madrone Winery. Their family lineage includes the Fetherolf family, German farmers from the Palatinate region, who came to America on the Good Ship Thistle in 1730 … He is an active member of the G.O.N.A.D.S. (the Gastronomical Order for Nonsensical and Dissipatory Society), founded in the early 1980s by a group of Napa vintners who meet for lively monthly lunches, chronicled in James Conaway’s books Napa: An American Eden and Napa: The Far Side of Eden … He enjoys barbecuing for guests at the winery; favorites are the (Smith-Madrone) Cabernet-marinated butterflied barbecued lamb and (Smith-Madrone) Cabernet Risotto (made on a camp stove as people gather around).” Here are some photos from the evening. Enjoy! We did. Be sure to Left-Click the photos to see enlarged. The photo here is the hearth at the Cottonwood Grille. Cheers!
We also had North American Elk, Premium elk loin, sautéed, sliced and served with a green peppercorn sauce; Northwest Premium Buffalo, Fresh buffalo sirloin sautéed, sliced, and served with a rich Cabernet Sauce. It was over cooked. Lemon Roasted Chicken, All natural chicken roasted with rosemary and lemon pepper, served with a lemon scallion cream sauce. Different soups were also on out table. Overall, a good dinner, with few exceptions, and some terrific wines. Oh, almost forgot to mention. We opened the evening with a 2010 Pend d’Oreille Chardonnay from the Vickers Vineyard at Sunny Slope.
It never fails, we always have a wine dinner to go to here in Boise. And tonight, was no exception. A great location and super talent was displayed out of the kitchen of the Cottonwood Grille. And I must thank Dav Fairchild, Cottonwood Grille Manager, for taking some of these photos. The photo on the left is the entrance to the restaurant. The three, very talented Idaho wineries showcased tonight, were Vale Wine Co., Fraser Vineyards and Syringa Winery. Enjoy the photos. Left-Click any photo for a Full Screen view.
Sitting: Vicki Danielson and John Danielson – Winemaker Vale Wine Co.
Standing: Dav Fairchild – Manager Cottonwood Grille
Bill Fraser, Winemaker Fraser Vineyards
Bill Fraser, Fraser Vineyards
Mike Crowley, Winemaker/Owner Syringa Winery
Bev Fraser and daughter Shelley
Some of the crowd that were there.
We, the people, Salute the Chefs for the following Menu. Salute!
The Chefs. Great job!!!
Smoked Fish Platter
Trout, Scallops and Escolar
delicately smoked and served with a creamy dill sauce, onion confit and watercress oil
2009 Syringa Sauvignon Blanc
Warm Goat Cheese Salad
grilled goat cheese on mixed baby greens with strawberry balsamic vinaigrette
2010 Vale Viognier
filet of monkfish roasted till tender, topped with garlic and olive oil
2008 Vale Merlot
big chocolate on the nose; super with the garlic and fish
Petite Fillet Mignon
grilled perfectly and serve with fresh morel sauce
2009 Fraser Petite Verdot
superb match but needs much time. lay this one down for 5+ years. 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Syringa Cabernet Sauvignon
young, still needs time, tannins, needs food
French Silk Chocolate
2009 Fraser Petite Sirah
huge, big, great paring
And as the sun sets in the West, and the delicious dinner settles, we stop and reflect on the awesome treats we have just devoured. The meal was superb and we salute the Chefs from the Cottonwood Grille on a job well done. The wine parings were also superb. All of these Idaho wineries have done an excellent job in producing superb wines. Cheers!