Do you have a favourite recipe, or a dish that always reminds you of a special memory? Or maybe a meal that takes you back to your childhood, or a trip that changed you, or a significant event?
Australian wine brand Jacob’s Creek has teamed up with tennis champion and world number 1 Novak Djokovic to celebrate food and wine and the special memories that they can evoke.
For the launch of their new #madeby campain, Jacob’s Creek organised a very special dinner, hosted in Wimbledon by Novak himself and celebrity chef Lisa Faulkner.
So last week, we made our way to Wimbledon in the pouring rain and as soon as we arrived, we knew we were in for a very, very special night.
Long tables were layed in Wimbledon’s legendary All England Lawn Tennis Club, with beautiful colour-coordinated flower arrangements…
And of course, some of Jacob’s Creek very best wine!
We started the party in style with a taste of the brand’s two Chardonnays.
Classic on the left, Reserve on the right.
The later was my favourite.
Elegant, creamy and refined, it’s the perfect welcome drink.
We then moved things to the dinner table for a very special menu.
Each dish had been selected by top food bloggers, as well as hosts Lisa Faulkner and Novak Djokovic, and each triggered a very special food memory.
Delicious food and equally delightful stories? I couldn’t wait to get stuck in!
But this stunning Charcuterie & Cheese platter might have had something to do with that…
Parma ham, salami, N’Duja, creamy brie, a big wedge of blue cheese, thinly sliced Manchego…
It truly was a foodie’s (and We The Food Snobs‘) dream come true!
Scallops with crispy pancetta and pea puree.
A recreation of Not Another Mummy Blog‘s first wedding anniversary dinner and an absolute delight!
Served alongside Jacob’s Creek Reserve sauvignon Blanc ’14 (lovely with the scallops)
And just a touch of Jacob’s Creek Reserve Pinot Noir ’13 (the perfect pairing to any sharing platter)
Needless to say, it got the food memories flowing.
There were tales of fish finger sandwiches, Christmas dinners, pasta alla vongole and much more…
My story? It was all about meeting my boyfriend and baking the world’s best brownies…
Novak Djokovic also shared his favourite recipe: a delightful vegan lasagna, featuring zucchini, squash and heaps of pesto (which I totally failed to take any picture of).
Good thing Novak’s better than me when it comes to fulfilling his picture engagements ??
Besides Novak’s signature lasagna, mains also included Jacob’s Creek Executive Chef Veronica Zahra’s signature dish, Lamb cutlet with rocket, caramelised figs and balsamic reduction.
Cooked to pink perfection, it was the perfect nod to the Barossa Valley (the home of Jacob’s Creek) and paired amazingly with the brand’s flagship wine, the Reserve Barossa Shiraz.
And Lisa Faulkner’s favourite dish of all times, Tarragon chicken.
Creamy and incredibly fragrant, it’s basically love (and cream) on a plate.
All served with a double helping of super rich, delightfully indulgent potato dauphinoise.
And followed by the most amazing selection of puddings.
Classic Berry Pavlova.
An Aussie classic that’s impossible to resist!
A Mummy Too‘s devilish Lemon curd & white chocolate cheesecake creation.
Inspired by her tow favourite desserts and just as good as you’d expect.
And Sticky Toffee Pudding.
A (sticky) finger-licking good British classic (and Food Globin‘s favourite)!
And this caramel sauce… One spoonful was enough for it to become one of my most treasured food memories! (I had many more just to be sure).
Excellent food, delicious wine and conversation with fellow food nerds… Needless to say, it was a fantastic evening.
An experience I intend to re-enact very soon in my own home, and strongly encourage you to try out!
Gather a few friends, cover a table with food to be shared, open a couple of Jacob’s Creek finest wine… and let the food memories flow!
What’s your dearest food memory? Please share your stories in the comments, I’d love to read them!