The sweet potato was designated as the official State Vegetable by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1995, and an annual tradition at the NC State University Club is a specially prepared meal that incorporates sweet potatoes into each course with a delicious wine to accompany. To add to the ambiance of the dinner last evening, the Paul Ingbretsen Trio Jazz Band provided gentle music.
The Hors D'oeuvres: Sweet Potato and Beet Chips with Rosemary-Garlic Salt and Buttermilk Dressing; Crispy Pancetta Cups with Sweet Potato-Apple Hash; Domestic Cheese Board
First Course: Sweet Potato Waldorf, Baby Greens, and Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Second Course: Pan Seared Sea Scallop, Bonita Sweet Potato Grits Cake, Grape Tomato Confit, Chive Butter
Third Course: Lemon Sorbet
Fourth Course: Bourbon Braised American Waygu Beef Short Rib, Red Sweet Potato Cake, Pan Roasted Asparagus
Fifth Course: Sweet Potato-Gingerbread Waffle, Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote, Spiced Rum Butter creme Frosting.
The dinner was absolutely delicious. And after dinner, there were door prizes. Our friend, Mary, won a stuffed Mr. Sweet Potato, and I won a 10 lb bag of sweet potatoes.
|Mary and her door prize, Mr. Sweet Potato.|