Going Vegan For The Summer Solstice Full Moon

Last night was special for a lot of reasons, not least of which was the crazy delicious menu that Chef Jeh Roberts orchestrated for our June Full Moon Wine Dinner. Chef Jeh’s daughter Roshan joined us for her first Full Moon Dinner (no wine!), and the free shuttle accommodated all of our St Thomas guests (thanks for making the trip over, STT friends!). Combine the Summer Solstice, a full moon, and a six course wine pairing, and you’ve got all the makings of an amazing night on St John!

The first course was “Fire” themed, and featured Spinach-Quinoa Stuffed Local Flavor Pepper, Socca Cake, Vegan Aioli, and our own Windy Level Hot Sauce. It was paired with a 2015 Montes Outer Limits Sauvignon Blanc

The second course was “Vivacity” themed: an Organic Salad Bundle, Pickled Vegetables, Almond Pate, and Popped Sorghum. It was paired with a 2015 Montes Cherub Rose. This course was plated at each table by Chef Jeh, and then tables served themselves “family style” from the center.

For the third course, our guests enjoyed a “Water” theme: Kelp Noodles with Tsunomata, Smoked Vegetable Broth, Dried Vegetables and Cornmeal Croutons. The pairing was a 2013 Montes Alpha Chardonnay.

The fourth course was “Conservation” – Beet, Sweet Potato, and Bao, paired with a 2014 Montes Outer Limits Pinot Noir

Our fifth course was “Earth” – Vegetable Terrine with Tri-Color Hummus and Mushroom “Soil”, paired with a 2013 Montes Purple Angel Carmenere.

The final course, “Wind”, featured Raindrop Cake with Fruit, Nuts, and Honey. It was paired with Montes Sparkling Angel Brut.

Here at St John Catering, we take pride in the produce our garden provides, an in using as much locally sourced produce as possible. Chef Jeh’s leadership and experience creating vegan menus was a huge asset to the team as we put together this Full Moon Dinner experience.

Our giveaway this month was our Windy Level hot sauce, which we like to call “Wind Burn”… we’d also like to congratulate Adam Keeley, he took home the raffle prize, a bottle of Montes M! Once again, a great crowd plus a great meal equals an unforgettable experience! Happy Summer, everyone!