Variations of Fall: Pairings Dinner Party

  • November 2, 2013 · 6:00 PM
  • Claire & Gina's House

With Fall comes all of those wonderful Fall flavors... squashes, root vegetables, hearty greens, herbs, apples, spices, and yes, pumpkins. 

Let's celebrate Fall flavors with a pairings dinner party. Bring a dish that incorporates fall flavors, and a drink that pairs with it. For example, I'm considering making a butternut squash soup with apples, and pairing it with a dry riesling, or a roasted pork loin and pairing it with a pinot noir. Pairing drinks do not have to be alcohol, but of course it's fine if they are. 

Plan to bring a dish and drink that serves about 8. When you RSVP, indicate whether you'll bring an appetizer, soup, side, main dish, or dessert.  

If you have an idea for either a drink or a dish, but don't know what to pair with it, just post a message and I'll send you some options from my pairings encyclopedia.   



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  • Jerome

    It was nice meeting everyone and Claire & Gina - you guys are awesome hosts. Food was great and the after dinner game was fun. Thanks for the invite!

    1 · November 3

  • Jen

    Moi aussi.

    November 2

    • Jen

      Yes, I know I'm kinda a dork. :)

      November 2

    • Jerome

      I had to look that up :)

      November 3

  • kmd

    Delicious food, delightful company! Recipes, please!

    November 2

  • kmd

    What Tania said! We will be there around 6:15ish -- miscommunication re when to put stuff in the oven!

    November 2

  • Jerome

    gonna be 10 - 15 late

    November 2

  • Tania H

    We are most likely going to be a tad late - closer to 6:30. See you when we see you!

    November 2

  • Ellie

    I'm bringing pork roast stuffed with a sausage, apple and dried cherry stuffing and pairing it with a play on a Jack and Ginger.

    2 · November 1

    • Claire V

      Damn! That sounds good!

      November 1

  • Brenda

    Not sure that this falls under fall flavor but just read about pairing dark chocolate with a good Cabernet, so that is what I plan to bring! Looking forward to seeing you Claire & Gina, you always put on a good party!

    2 · November 1

  • Jerome

    From the raw end of the spectrum, I'll be bringing a BIG fresh 12+ item garden salad mostly made up of ingredients from my local Farmer's Market. I'll also make up two or three homemade salad dressings including a Balsamic Vinaigrette.

    As far as a pairing I have no idea what goes with a salad. V8 juice? So if anyone knows a good pairing, then let me know.

    1 · October 30

    • Claire V

      Hi Jerome, Salad goes good with beer and wine. For beer, lagars, wheet beers, and ale are good. For wine, Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, Vinho Verde, Riesling, or Beaujolais.

      1 · October 30

    • Jerome

      OK Sounds good. Thanks

      October 31

  • Mary Ann Humphrey

    Hi, I'm looking forward to meeting all of you! I have a knockin' black bean pie I'd like to bring, but I don't drink alcohol so I don't know what would go with it?

    October 14

    • Claire V

      Hi Mary Ann, Black beans are supposed to be great with orange juice, particularly sparkling orange juice.

      1 · October 30

  • kmd

    I'll bring a baked brie with mushrooms and thyme, paired with hot buttered lemonade.

    October 14

    • Claire V

      Can't wait to try that!

      October 30

  • Jen

    I am planning on bringing homemade butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sage sauce. I will pair with some sort of wine, probably a lighter white wine. Looking forward to all the delicious fall foods and drinks! And the people too :)

    October 30

    • Claire V

      Hi Jen,

      October 30

    • Claire V

      according to my pairings guide, the wines that would go great with butternut squash are: Chardonnay, Viogner, dry Reisling, and dry Gewurtztraminer

      1 · October 30

  • Tania H

    Greg and I are bringing our soon-to-be-famous pumpkin chilli, cornbread, and some sort of seasonal beer or cider. :)

    2 · October 24

  • Claire V

    Sounds delicious, Teryl! What will you pair with it?

    October 30

  • Teryl

    I have yet to make that amazing brussel sprout dish that you made for the group...really in the mood for it. I'll pair it with my new favorite wine, Cocobon

    October 27

    • Michael

      I'm kind of curious what this dish is. I love Brussels sprouts, but I only make them a few ways, and the usual is blanched then sauteed in olive oil with a few things (shallots, garlic, the details vary a little - I've used pine nuts, green onions, or just gone for plain) and finished with red wine vinegar (or even chinkiang vinegar when I was going Chinese).

      October 28

    • Teryl

      Roasting is my go to for Brussels sprouts, with a little olive oil and salt or panchetta. This recipe will be with avocado and roasted pecans. I hope it turns out as well as when Claire made it :)

      4 · October 29

  • Steve

    I hope I make the dinner. Still on the waiting list. If I make it I plan to bring a roast pork loin seasoned with garlic and rosemary.

    1 · October 21

  • Ellie

    I was going to bring a side dish, but I can bring a main dish. Let me know what you think we need more.

    October 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    Actually when I think fall, I think pumpkin pie and cider, I think I'll change and bring that instead if it's all right.

    October 18

  • Sarah

    When we spoke on Monday I hadn't realized this is the same day as the UM v MSU game. I'll most likely be recovering from that for the rest of the day :) Enjoy!

    October 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, Halloween is derived from the Scottish pagan festivals celebrating Samhain. I can bring traditional treacle scones maybe. I'm not sure what to pair it with, perhaps some apple cider?

    October 14

    • kmd

      Scottish? Celtic, I think you mean. ;-)

      October 14

    • A former member
      A former member

      The Scots are celts, but not all celts are Scottish. Most Halloween traditions originated in Scotland, like Guising, and carving turnip lanterns as examples.

      October 15

  • Jim Hong

    I just realized that I may not make it back on time from my Mediterranean cruise due to uncertainty of international flight. Thus, I am withdrawing my "yes" RSVP so others on the waiting list can attend. Sure hate to miss this one!

    October 15

  • Jen

    I am thinking of bringing some sort of ravioli with fall flavors (mushroom, butternut squash, or pumpkin...?). I'll get back to you about the drink pairing.

    1 · October 14

  • Natasha

    Hi, I am not sure if I am official, or just on the waitlist--the email said 3 spots were open, but when I RSVP'd it says I'm on the waitlist! Anyhow, if I get in, I will make butternut squash soup. Not sure what to pair with, I'll have to give it some thought:)

    October 14

  • kmd

    I should have asked before -- my RSVP was meant to include me and my husband, Michael. Is that ok?

    October 14

  • Darren

    I just realized that I have another commitment that night. Have a great time everyone!

    October 14

  • Kalli

    I plan to bring apple strudel muffins and some cider (either a spiked apple cider or a hard cider sangria).

    October 13

  • Ellie

    I'll bring a side dish!

    October 13

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