Ready for some Missouri wine country action, I recently skipped out-of-town and took a mini-getaway to Ste. Genevieve. On the agenda: Route du Vin, downtown Ste. Genevieve and of course, some wine tastings.
After a lovely afternoon touring downtown Ste. Genevieve, we headed out to Chaumette Vineyards & Winery to check in to one of their villas for the night. It just so happened to be a Thursday, which is Family, Friends and Neighbor Night at Chaumette’s Grapevine Grill; dinner is served family style at your table.
The idea of a fixed menu with limited options generally brings up the stress levels for your average gluten-free diner. What will I be able to eat? Am I in for the salad only, no dressing?
Knowing the food selection might be an issue ahead of time, I contacted Chaumette before my trip to talk about the menu. Talk about a sigh of relief. They were incredibly accommodating and structured the entire menu to be gluten-free. On the menu for the evening:
- Chilled, fresh sweet pea soup
- Summer greens with County Line Farm tomato and lemon vinaigrette
- Pan-fried pork scaloppini with Chardonel butter sauce
- Corn “off the cob” with spinach
- Three cheese and Idaho potato gratin
Breaded items being a rarity in my life, I could not get enough of the pan-fried pork scaloppini. Our meal at Chaumette was quite possibly one of the best gluten-free meals I’ve had.
Ingredients were locally sourced and fresh … and hey, looked delicious, too.
Executive Chef Adam Lambay is one talented chef. According to Chaumette, he’s spent the past decade “chef-ing” at St. Louis restaurants including Café Mira, 12 North Café and Portabella Restaurant. He’s also a regular chef instructor at Kitchen Conservatory in Clayton. (Sign me up for those classes!)
So thanks, Chef Adam, and the rest of the Chaumette team! Hope to be back soon.
Written by Kate Kerans, account executive with Hoffman|Lewis, the Missouri Division of Tourism’s advertising agency of record