Monday night at Casino Rama was the Bloggers Dinner and what a spectacular dinner it was… but before dinner I decided to test Kent’s camera skills. Seriously how can a blogger who features daily outfits function without her tripod… well enter Instsa-husband of course.
Monday was the arrival day, the beginning of an amazing adventure that I felt so priveledged to be part of. #Letsgorama not only inspired me, rejuvenated a passion for sharing so much more on the blog and started so many new friendships it also gave me an opportunity to take a zillion pictures and share them with you in a series of posts. What blogger doesn’t love an opportunity to share her/his experiences I ask? A special benefit of this conference was Kent having the time off to come with me and share in the adventure ( and take a few outfit pics of course). Monday Night we were treated to the most wonderful dinner at St Germain’s Steakhouse.
Before I get to the dinner and the outfit I have to share the story with you, St germain’s was named after one of the Band Council members, the man that inspired the Casino. During our tour of the Resort property (check it out) Jenn explained that about 25 years ago before Casino’s became legal in Canada, St Germain raised the issue of building a Casino on the Reserve to generate income. Seems like such a simple concept doesn’t it, well not 25 years ago….
He was not only jeered at, it is said that other band members threw things at him for his extreme forward thinking. He had been fascinated with the concept of Casinos on reserves in the US and truly believed it was a way to save the reserve, put money and jobs back into the economy. St Germain, did not forget his idea, he kept researching the concept and when gaming became legal in Canada he was prepared, and so from an idea a business was built. Sadly St Germain did not live long enough to see his dream realized but he was not forgotten.. They named the Restaurant after him
I was moved and impressed, they credit him with the concept and the forethought and although he was not around to see it finished, we are all here to acknowledge what he did. Since the casino opened its doors twenty years ago it has not closed..
Now I can’t leave you hanging on the Dinner scene so to the spectacular food….. The menus at each of our place settings outlined each course
The Yellow Fin Poke Wakame Salad with toasted cashews, thai chili and lotus root with Avocado Ice Cream Tobiko.
Now I am usually not an experimental eater, or I haven’t been in the past. As I have gotten older ( more mature) I have found myself willing to at least try new things. ( No more “burgering” my way around the world like I did in high school). When my food arrived, I decided to embrace the concept of new and different and it was delicious not to mention so very pretty.
Next up was a Pan Seared Quebec Fois Gras, with Toasted Banana Bread. Topped with a fresh Blueberry Ginger Compote and Walnut Arugula Pesto. This was seriously rich, very tasty but confession time I cannot eat blueberries, its a childhood thing so I did pick around the compote. I kept thinking about Kent and how much he loves blueberries but unfortunately for him he was eating in the Casino.
The main course followed, Cast Iron Roasted Sterling Silver Beef Striploin served with Horseradish Celeriac Puree and Maitake Mushrooms. They included Charred local carrots, tempura zucchini flower and natural jus. Other confession… mushrooms apparently they were delicious but I would not know because I gave mine away, why waste it right? The rest well, I cleaned my plate. The beef was so tender and full of flavouring and the presentation again so very impressive.
In true blogger heaven here, every where you looked people were taking pictures of their food, I think Julie and Stacy need to do an on line contest and get all the food pictures submitted then Casino Rama can use them on their Instagram LOL.
Here I managed to capture Good Karma Baby ( no names to protect the inncoent lol) snapping away.
Moving on to Dessert, my favourite and how I think every meal should start not finish. I guess they knew I was coming because we were served not one, not two, not even three but FOUR, count’em FOUR amazing desserts. Now here is the biggest shocker of all, me chocoholic to the nth degree feel totally and madly in love with the Salted Caramel Cheese Cake. ( with gold flecks no less)
The Hazelnut Chocolate Semi-Freddo was divine, light and refreshing. The Passionfruit Raspberry Tart wonderfully flavourful and the S’mores Sundae, well hello who doesn’t love marshmallow and ice cream, and graham and chocolate….. and the presentation was very unique.
The Salted Caramel Cheese Cake was a melt in the mouth experience, the burst of caramel and salt blended together to create such a flavourful experience. Chef Todd Marshall outdid himself.
We were also fortunate enough to meet the Chef and to Thank him for all of the wonderful courses. A friendly and very genuine person that I enjoyed talking to. I can not let this post go by without a shout out to the wonderful staff at St germain’s, they made our dining experience just that an EXPERIENCE. I can not say enough positive about the food, the location and of course all of the staff. If ever in the area make sure you take that special someone to dine at St Germain’s.
( You also may want to check out Bewitchin Kitchens Posts, can’t wait to read her thoughts about the dinner or see her own food posts, let’s just say Oh MY)