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FantaSea Cruise Dinner

08.31.09

What a perfectly delightful evening for a Clear Lake Cruise on the FantaSea.  The “big boat – little ship” is absolutely beautiful and the Charlie and Captain Lonnie offered a wonderful evening of wine and food and smooth sailing.

Paul and I arrived at South Shore Harbor in time to rest in the lovely hotel.  We greeted the guests as they boarded at 7:30 pm with Pinot Grigio cocktails.  After the Captain invited us to be seated, a six course meal paired with Messina Hof wines began.  Paul and I met so many new friends and re-connected with some old ones.  Our table was great fun as we shared the evening with Sam and Sherry Clark, Doug Oldani, Rick and Collin Jackson.  Though Dawn Jackson was not able to join us for the cruise, she met us at the dock.  Having a great Messina Hof extended family is so much fun!

The menu was:

Pear Slices Gently Caramelized and Garnished with Goat Cheese
Paired with Messina Hof Pinot Grigio

Maryland Crab Cakes – Jumbo Lump Crabmeat accompanied by Remoulade Sauce
Paired with Messina Hof UnOaked Chardonnay

Baby Spinach Leaves Tossed in a Fresh Strawberry Vinaigrette and Topped with Sliced Strawberries and Sugared Pecans
Paired with Messina Hof Barrel Reserve Shiraz

Gulf Red Snapper Broiled with Blackened Spices and Cheese Encrusted Tomatoes
Paired with Messina Hof Private Reserve Merlot

Slow Roasted Tenderloin Married with a Creamy Black Peppercorn Sauce
Paired with Paulo Meritage

Pound Cake topped with Fresh Berries Laced with a Vanilla Custard Sauce
Paired with Messina Hof Angel Late Harvest Riesling

Have you dined on the FantaSea?  What were your favorite dishes served?