IPNC: My favorite midnight snack is a foie gras torchon

Wine, glorious wine, at IPNC 2013

Wine, glorious wine! IPNC 2013

As a college student, my to-go snack after a night out was always a super crisp apple and extra sharp cheddar cheese. Years later, I still eat my fair share of fruit and cheese, but at post-work afterparties my co-workers and I snack in style.

First, a little background:

I mentioned a few days ago that I worked at the International Pinot Noir Celebration over the weekend as part of my job. After we were finished sampling out our goods (including a fabulous foie gras boudin blanc), we attended the Grand Dinner.

I promised a few more pictures so here we go:

Grand Dinner Menu, IPNC 2013

Grand Dinner Line Up IPNC 2013

Love the lights -- it's like eating in a fairy land

Love the lights — it’s like dining in a fairyland

Smoked Tails & Trotters Pork (Oregon pork that is fattened on hazelnuts) with

Smoked Tails & Trotters Pork (Oregon pork that is fattened on hazelnuts) with spicy greens, preserved lemons and a tuna tonnato sauce

A beautiful atmosphere for dining

A beautiful atmosphere for dining

After eating four-courses of goodness, we retired to the dorms. Yes, that’s right, we stayed in the dorms on the Linfield College campus. Once everyone had changed out of their semi-formal attire, we partied like college kids (albeit with a better booze selection). Glow-in-the-dark bocci ball came out, a few rogue fireworks were lit and some temporary tattoos were applied.

After a few cocktails, everyone was feeling bit “snacky.” Luckily, when it comes to late-night munchies, we know how to bring it. We put out a spread of various Oregon-made salamis and some smoked duck breast too. But this treat was certainly the topper:

8 oz of scrumptious Hudson Valley foie gras torchon

8 oz of scrumptious Hudson Valley foie gras torchon

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6 thoughts on “IPNC: My favorite midnight snack is a foie gras torchon

    • It is! When people have never tried it and are worried they won’t like it, I just ask if they like butter. This is like nature’s butter — so decadent and rich. It tops the list as my favorite food ever.

  1. The Smoked Tails and Trotters Pork dish looks delicious! And don’t even get me started on fois gras – I love it, though I realize many disagree with eating (aka: supporting) it. I’m also glad to hear I’m not the only one somewhat obsessed with that type of lighting. 🙂

    • Oh, the pork was fabulous — so light and perfect for summer. But wow! The foie knocked my socks off. Not to get “rant-y” since you’re a fellow foie-lover, but when I hear people talk about the horrors of foie gras industry I wish they’d focus instead on the commodity chicken industry. Foie gras ducks are almost worth their weight in gold — they are well taken care of. It’s big business poultry houses that are terrifying. But alas, sometimes you just can’t change people’s minds. More foie for us I guess! =)

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