Celebrating a relationship that goes back 110 years, the Moët & Chandon Dining Experience returned to Newmarket Racecourse for a second year.
The collaboration, which paired fine dining and horseracing, had a culinary focus around vegetarian dishes. Newmarket head chef, Damian Adams, said: “When creating this year’s menu we were inspired by seasonal produce and the abundance of fresh local fruit and vegetables available to us.”
Each dish from the five-course menu was paired with a different champagne, bringing to life the flavours with subtly balanced notes that enhance the food. During the experience, a Moët & Chandon sommelier will bring the collaboration to life and talk diners through how each dish and champagne has been hand selected to complement one another.
Adams continues: “We created a delicious pea and mint ravioli, which will be served with a tasty champagne cream, fresh summer peas, a dash of lemon and shaved parmesan. We paired this with a Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2008, which has a longer time in the cellars, to develop more intense flavours and a fuller body and stands well with this dish. The vegetable dishes reveal the versatility of the champagne and make a great pairing.”
The Moët & Chandon Dining Experience returned to the eponymous Moët & Chandon July Festival last week with the package available to 90 people each day.
Moët & Chandon Dining Experience menu
Local Chargrilled Asparagus
Quail Egg Salad, Frisée Lettuce, Truffle Dressing
Paired with Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial: Vibrant, Generous, Alluring
Orange & Tarragon, Lemon Cream Cheese, Scorched Mandarin
Goats Cheese Duo
Cheesecake, Pistachio and Honey, Sweet Fig, Balsamic
Paired with Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial: Spontaneous, Radiant, Enticing
Roast Sirloin, Brioche Puree, Duck Liver and Truffle Bon Bon, Madeira Sauce, Beef Ravioli
Pea & Mint Ravioli
Pea & Mint Ravioli, Champagne Cream, Summer Peas, Lemon, Shaved Parmesan
Paired with Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2008: Spring like, Lively, Expressive
Local Strawberries, Pistachio Shortbread, Meringue, Baby Basil
Paired with Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial Rosé: Vibrant, Luscious, Refreshing
Selection of traditional sandwiches, scones and cakes and speciality tea and coffee
Paired with Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial Blanc: Intense, Fruity, Fresh