Craig Case, host of The Inn Crowd, welcomes Adrian Spence to the kitchen at the Crossroads Estate in the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley. Foley Food and Wine Society is our host and provides wines from their vast portfolio. Adrian Spence is the musical director of the Camarata Pacifica as well as a superb flutist. Adrian brings tales and legends of Ireland and a little history to this episode. YTS Digital Films produced and directed and produced this show.
Under the leadership of Adrian Spence, Camerata Pacifica has become one of the most notable chamber music organizations in the country, distinctive not only for its exceptional artistic quality, but also for its dynamic sense of community. Spence carefully selected the group’s exceptional international artists over the course of many seasons, giving them the rehearsal and performance environment necessary to form an ensemble unique in style and sensibility. The bond between the artists is clear, as is theirs with the audience. The Los Angeles Times recently highlighted the emphasis of Spence’s work: “What was out of the ordinary was the wildly enthusiastic response that each work received. Whatever it’s doing, Camerata Pacifica seems to be cultivating a passionate audience – and that’s good news.”
The menu was based on my interpretation of some classical Irish dishes. I took the colcannon potato and have turned it into a sauce for a whiskey marinated salmon, The main course is an updated version of Irish Stew that using components of the dish in new ways. The dessert combines Bailey's Irish Cream with chocolate and caramel with fresh raspberries, caramel and raspberry sauces.
Put on your apron, grab your food processor and hang on to your whisk. We have 30 episodes coming to you this year. I'll provide the recipes, the rest is up to you. See you in the kitchen.
Chef Michael Hutchings