Archive for June, 2010

Al Fresco Dining in the Horse’s Spectacular Garden!

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
The Garden is open for your sipping pleasure!
And what a garden it is this year…so leave your daily stress at the door
and enjoy a delicious glass of wine and an al fresco meal while you bask in
the golden silence of a lovely Swan Lake evening.
To celebrate the arrival (finally!) of summer, this weekend we’re presenting a refreshing Mediterranean Antipasti Plate for two
with two glasses of Gain Bay Cabernet  (a Stag’s Leap appellation) for $25. You’ll enjoy freshly char grilled and marinated
vegetables bursting with the flavors of Sardinia, an assortment of Greek olives, hard Italian meats, and yeasty French artisan
bread with rosemary olive oil perfect for dipping. 
Reservations: 406-886-2080
PS. Thanks to our many swallows and brown bats, the garden is mostly mosquito-free!

Exquisite New Wines to Discover at Tuesday’s Tantalizing Tasting!

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

The ladies at Rocky Mountain Wine Distributors have pulled out the stops for our first Tasting on June 22nd! Accompanying the exotic Down Island Caribbean menu created by KS Andrea Wight, is a selection of unique and flavorful wines that just may have you re-evaluating your concepts of rieslings and cotes du Rhones, as well as viogniers. 

The Menu!

Carrot Coconut Bisque with Ginger Tuile served with  Jansz Rose Brut from Tasmania.

Curried Chicken Roti served with  Thomas Labaille Sancerre – A wonderful Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire with elegant  mineral and citrus notes and great verve and finishing lift.

Conch Salad with Golden Beets and Lemongrass Aioli served with Gobelsburg Riesling, Austria.  BONE DRY Riesling from one of Austria’s top producers. A truly world class wine offering  the opportunity to discover the wider, and drier spectrum of Riesling. These wines often win over those who only think of Riesling as sweet.

Jerked Mahi Mahi with Miso Sweet Potato Puree served with Patricia Green Estate Pinot Noir, Oregon 2008: One of Oregon’s finest vintages ever, from a producer known for very limited artisan Pinots. The flavors of warm spices will pair nicely with the bronzed jerk seasoning. Pinot and full-flavored fish is a wonderful summer combo.

Saban Goat Stew with Cruzan Fruit Bread served with  Aphillanthes Cotes du Rhone Vielles Vignes 2007: A top 100 WINE SPECTATOR selection. Amazing Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre blend from the South of France. This wine is perfect with lamb and goat and goes well with spice. The fig and anise notes will be ideal with the rum fruit bread. This wine is better than most Chateauneuf du Pape.

Burro Banana Tart with Fruit Salsa served with Esoterica Late Harvest Viognier, Napa California: Rich and decadent, but with clean, balanced acidity.

We’ll have a selection of the wines for home purchase after the Tasting. To reserve your table, call 406-886-2080, limited seating available.

What to do on a rainy afternoon in June….Drink Beer!

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Our second annual World Tour of Beer at the Horse was another resounding success, albeit, a more subdued and dignified affair this year with the soothing guitar of local NPR celeb John Floridis and 26 true beer afficianados huddled over their note cards and Angus Sliders. The pros from Rocky Mountain Wine Distributors pulled out some exquisite and hard to find beers from Europe, California, Pennsylvania and South America – 14 in all were served along with a table laden with the efforts of our new “Kitchen Slave”, Andrea Wight.

(Andrea doesn’t like the term chef or cook so we are calling her KS as

This horse loves the Belgian Duvel!

she has been slaving away in the kitchen learning our menu and creating some wonderful new dishes drawing on her recent experiences at Caneel Bay in St. John  and Zola’s in State College PA.)

Andrea spent the afternoon turning out an array of canapes that would make any beer drinker salivate…Beer Battered Mushrooms with Chipotle Dipping Sauce, Angus Sliders with Arugula and Horseradish Cream, Poached Shrimp, Smoked Salmon and Dill Cucumbers, Classic BBQ Wings, Ahi Sashime with Wasabi Ginger Sauce and the piece de resistance…bittersweet chocolate and raspberry truffle squares to accompany the Lindeman’s Frambois (a Belgian raspberry beer that is the nectar of the gods!).

The highlight of the evening was Xingu, a black Brazilian beer that to my pallet tasted like roasted figs…and I love figs.

The Horse added a few of the more popular finds to our Beer Menu for the summer including Victory Prima Pils, Einbecker Pils, Duvel Belgian Golden Ale, Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout and Ayinger Brau-Weisse. On tap for the season are three local beers – Great Northern Brewery’s Wheatfish and Kettlehouse’s Cold Smoke and Double Haul IPA.

If you’re looking for a relaxing escape for a few hours or an evening, take a drive over to the Horse, grab a cold one and set yourself down in our glorious garden…heaven is that close.