Friday, November 4, 2011
You know how it goes when dining out; I do it all the time. You say to yourself “I am going to order something healthy and not blow my daily calorie intake for the day.” But then you see all of the offerings on the menu…..flat bread pizzas, pastas, salads, steaks and don’t forget cocktails and desserts. Boom, before you know you have consumed a whole day’s worth of calories in one meal, until now….
Get ready Kansas City to indulge in some amazing upscale food without feeling guilty. Seasons 52 a fresh seasonal restaurant where all offerings on the menu are 475 calories or less, opens November 7 on the Country Club Plaza.
I had the chance to try a Seasons 52 while traveling in Dallas a few months ago and just attended a preview event at the new Kansas City location. I was impressed both times and am thrilled they are opening here.
The evening at the new Kansas City location started with a tour of the restaurant where I found the atmosphere to be elegant and inviting. The decor consist of warm lighting with wood and stone accents. The use of spices and grains in mosaic patters along the walls and tables are unique and reiterate the fact that healthy and low calorie food can be full of flavor and that only the finest ingredients are used in the dishes at Seasons 52.
Next came the opportunity to meet Master Sommelier George Miliotes who is one of 180 Master Sommeliers worldwide.
Seasons 52 offers over 100 bottles and 80 of them are available by the glass. They also have infused spirits using fresh and seasonal fruits that make up an impressive low calorie cocktail list.
Last was dinner. It included several courses each paired with an amazing wine. As each course was served, Mr. Miliotes gave some insight about that wine and head chef Clifford Pleau described the dishes noting the origin of the ingredients and other interesting facts.
The flatbreads we tried were the Artichoke and Goat Cheese with Leaf Spinach, Balsamic Onions and Roasted Red Peppers and the Chipotle Shrimp with Roasted Poblanos, Grilled Pineapple and Feta Cheese. Seasons 52 spend 8 months perfecting the flatbread recipes and the persistence has paid off. The crispy crust and combination of ingredients go perfect together.
Other courses included:
Rushing Waters Trout and Haas Avocado
Organinc Salmon and Lemongrass Sea Scallop Roasted on a Cedar Plank
Salinas Organic Field Greens with Grilled Portobello Mushrooms and Toasted Pistachios and Truffle Dressing
Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli with Roasted Garlic, Basil and Organic Tomato Broth
Mesquite-Grilled Piedmontese Sirloin and Manchester Farms All Natural Quail with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Bourbon Chili Glaze
The food at Seasons 52 is amazing and unbelievably delicious and the Mini Indulgences are the perfect sweet treat. Be sure to mark your calendars for November 7 and make reservations to indulges without the guilt.
If you have a great food find in KC you think I am missing, email me.
In Good Taste,