We recently posted about our work with the Downtown Sacramento Partnership for the 2014 Dine Downtown Campaign, and hinted at this post. Well… It is finally here!
Last night we had the wonderful opportunity to support the California Food Literacy Program and the Dine Downtown Campaign with a special preview dinner at The PilotHouse on the Delta King.
^^The walkway to the Delta King and The Pilothouse. This entrance definitely gave us the “you have arrived” feeling. The sunset over the Tower Bridge was amazing. It isn’t all the time that we get to stand and watch the sun set over the river, so we stopped to take some pictures before we went on to the boat.
^^While we waited to be seated we explored a few of the decks and learned as little history about the Delta King. We were impressed by the ambiance at The Pilothouse. It was what we coined “refined historic elegance”. You could feel the history of the boat, but the Pilothouse was refined and elegant at the same time.
^^We loved the fact that the Dine Downtown flyers were laid out around the restaurant, and the fact that the Dine Downtown menu was readily available to look out before we got seated. Check out the official Dine Downtown menu from The Pilothouse.
^^There was also an option to add on wine paring with each entree of each course.
^^On the left is an AMAZING Arugula Salad with Point Reyes bleu cheese, red onion, macadamia nuts, and blood orange vinaigrette. On the right is the Braised Short Rib Ravioli with natural jus reduction, wild mushrooms, comté cheese, baby arugula and fried yam hay. We should note that we are vegetarian, so we didn’t eat the Braised Short Rib Ravioli, but there was a person next to us that ordered it and told us multiple times that it was one of the best dishes that they’ve tasted in a long while.
^^On the left is the Roasted Cauliflower Soup with garlic herb crostini. It comes with crispy pancetta, but we asked them to sub it for obvious reasons. Words don’t even describe the flavor of the soup. We literally almost fought over who would have the last spoon full (Maritza won just in case you are wondering). On the right is the Grilled Shetland’s Scottish Salmon with Meyer lemon-caper butter sauce, and herb gnocchi. We are still dreaming about this meal, and if there was one reason we will be back to The Pilothouse this week is to have this dish again. Yes people… It is THAT good.
^^Chef Julian (Executive Chef of The Pilothouse) came out to greet us and deliver a special dish.
^^We even had the dessert wines to pair with the third course. On the left is the Michele Chiarlo Nivole Muscato d’Asti Piedmont that was paired with the Salted Caramel Crème Brule (shown below), and on the left is the Alvear Cream Sherry Andalucia that went perfectly with the Heavenly Flourless Chocolate Cake (shown below).
Overall, we had a great time at The Pilothouse on the Delta King. One of the things we loved most about Dine Downtown is that it gave us a reason to go out of the normal places and try something new and find hidden gems of the city. And we are glad we did. The ambiance was great (I mean there are very few places that beat a window seat that overlooks the river). The service was amazing, and the food was DELICIOUS. We will definitely be back!
Dine Downtown week is from January 8th through January 17th, so you have some time to explore the downtown restaurants that are a part of the campaign. For a full list of participating restaurants go to the DSP website.
You will most likely find us out at a few of the participating restaurants over the next few days. Not only do we get to try new places, but we are supporting a good cause in the process. You can’t beat that!!
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