A couple of weeks ago, Nescafe invited a few Seattle food & lifestyle bloggers out to Crush for a private dinner party to sample their new Dolce Gusto line of at-home coffee machines & flavors. For those of you who may not be familiar with Crush, it is one of Seattle's finest culinary gems. James Beard 2010 award winner Chef Jason Wilson and wife Nicole have created an absolutely top-notch experience in both venue and menu at Crush. After our first time there with dear friends Sarah & Frank (Going for Seconds), it's become my top recommendation for any intimate dinner or special occasion. So naturally when this opportunity came to me, I couldn't pass it up!
A Dolce Gusto cappuccino
NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® combines the expertise and history of NESCAFÉ® coffee making with the hallmarks of Delonghi® precision, engineering and technical perfection. Now coffee rookies like myself can make cafe-style beverages like a pro, in the comfort of our homes! For the dinner party, we enjoyed amazing appetizers and a trip to the Crush backyard garden, where Chef had us picking our own herbs for the crab cakes we'd have later. Not being a foodie on the level of some other bloggers I know - it was such a treat to have my favorite chef in the city give us his time and energy for this dinner! Our dinner was capped off with sweet sea salt caramels paired with various Dolce Gusto drinks.
Truffled chevre gougeres
Hawaiian ahi tuna crudo w/black garlic & sunchoke
In the Crush garden w/Chef Jason Wilson
He's laughing & I'm in disbelief I'm standing there!
Heirloom tomato chutney and garden basil w/ricotta
This doesn't look like a Bloody Mary but it is. And it was SCRUMPTIOUS
Crisp Berkshire pork belly with confit apples and fig mustard
Crab cake demo
Crab cakes w/garden lovage aioli
I had six different beverages that night.
Getting educated on our post-dinner cafe beverages
Alaskan pure sea salt caramels & watermelon goodness
Mine looks like a penguin! The PIccolo machine & a couple of flavors to boot