Impressive caprese salad tower

May 21, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The impressive caprese salad tower. Exec. Chef David Sidoti of The Mountain Winery shares his recipe for the perfect summertime dish.

Event information:
In partnership with Live Nation, The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA, one of the most intimate and picturesque outdoor concert venues in the United Sates, has announced their highly anticipated 2009 Summer Concert Series, presented by Groupware Technology.

Premium Seats and Season Tickets are on-sale now by calling 408-741-2817. Individual show tickets will go on-sale on Sunday, April 26 at 10 a.m. via www.LiveNation.com, www.MountainWinery.com, and 877-LYV-ONLY.

Sheryl Crow, Duran Duran, and Melissa Etheridge highlight the extraordinary line-up scheduled to play in The Mountain Winery's 2,500 seat amphitheatre, recently redesigned to preserve the intimacy of the concert experience.

For a list of the 2009 Mountain Winery Summer Concert Series Schedule: www.mountainwinery.com/EventCalendar.asp

The newly renovated Mountain Winery now features new terraced seating, four luxury suites and club box seats, refurbished restrooms, and an expanded dining deck for delicious food service before, during, and after the concert. The Northern California venue's concert-bowl seating area has been redesigned and upgraded with permanent seats that blend with the Saratoga hillside. With a new stage that is no longer raised, the seats are now at a stepped incline for better viewing, and sophisticated production values have been added for more versatility.

In an effort to encourage carpooling and to minimize automobile traffic on the mountain, The Mountain Winery is rewarding all carpoolers (cars with three guests or more), as well as motorcycle riders. To create a carpool or to find fellow concert enthusiasts to carpool with to The Mountain Winery, visit www.mountainwinery.com/concerts/carpooling.asp . Carpooling concert-goers and motorcyclists will:

- Have access to the VIP entrance for a quick and easy entry into the concert venue.

- Have the opportunity to enter into a weekly random drawing for concert or Mountain Winery souvenirs.

- Have access to the designated private "Carpoolers Reception" from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. with a cash bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres.

- Receive a coupon for a complimentary wine tasting during scheduled wine tasting hours on non-concert days.

The Mountain Winery
14831 Pierce Road
Saratoga, CA 95070
www.mountainwinery.com

CAPRESE SALAD TOWER (SERVES 4)

INGREDIENTS FOR THE SALAD

  • 12 oz Fresh Mozzarella Cheese (3-4 oz balls)
  • 4 Heirloom Tomatoes
  • 12 Fresh Basil Leaves

METHOD

Wash lettuce and towel dry

Slice cheese into 12 slices

Slice tomatoes into 12 slices

Alternate stack tomato, cheese and basil 3 times to form tower.

Cover for 1 hour until chilled

INGREDIENTS FOR THE DRESSING

  • 3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

METHOD

In the mixing bowl, combine dijon, honey, lemon juice and vinegar.

Slowly whisk in olive oil until incorporated.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Drizzle dressing over tower

INGREDIENTS FOR THE GARNISH

  • 4 oz Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 4 Basil, sprigs

METHOD

On a baking sheet, place 1 oz of cheese in a 3 inch round mold. Spread cheese thin.

Repeat process 4 times.

Bake at 250 for 8 minutes

Let cool for cheese to harden

ABOUT DAVID SIDOTI
Chef David Sidoti has over 30 years of culinary experience at some of the country's finest dining establishments. Chef Sidoti has worked at four premier Platinum Donald Ross-designed golf course country clubs: the Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, NY; the Country Club of Rochester (1983-1984); the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond, VA; and the Peninsula Golf and Country Club in San Mateo, CA, (1994-2004). He also served as Executive Chef at the very prestigious St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco (2004-2005), one of the largest and finest yacht clubs in the US. Prior to joining The Mountain Winery, he was chef at the Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, CA.


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