Seasons 52 new spring menu debuted March 20 and I was lucky enough to be invited to try it. I know we have had a very mild winter, but I love spring and how everything is budding and green. I love the fresh greens and fruits that start appearing and Seasons 52 incorporates the seasons bounty beautifully into their dishes.
You know I love to support local when I can and we do have some great restaurants in KC that are local and seasonal. However, I love that Seasons 52 has taken this concept nationwide and when traveling or wanting and upscale fine dining experience with exceptional food that won’t break the bank, I know I can rely on a great meal every time. Not to mention their concept of keeping every dish under 475 calories. It is any foodie lovers dream who still likes to keep an eye on their waistline, like me.
Dinner started with a lovely cocktail called the Strawberry Kir Royal (Fresh Strawberry-Infused Prairie Organic Vodka, Organic Agave Nectar and Zardetto Prosecco). This is a must for any cocktail lover. It is fresh light and slightly sweet.
Next were appetizers.
Ripe Plum Tomato Flatbread, with fresh basil, roasted garlic and melted Parmesan cheese and Artichoke & Goat Cheese Flatbread, with leaf spinach, balsamic onion and roasted peppers. Seasons 52 has numerous flatbreads on the menu and all are delightful. I am still stunned by the fact that they are only 475 calories.
Then came the salads.
Artichoke-Stuffed Artichoke Leaves, with organic arugula, Parmesan cheese and balsamic glaze. Very Tasty!
Tomato & Haas Avocado Salad, with organic arugula, balsamic glaze and grilled bruschetta. I love Avocado and could do this salad as an entree anytime.
The main courses included a Columbia River Steelhead Trout, with spring vegetables, basmati rice and lemongrass sauce, Lamb T-bone Chops, with asparagus, truffle mashed potatoes and red wine glaze and Spicy Snow Peas & Shiitake Mushrooms, with roasted almonds.
If you have been a reader of my blog you know hat a fan I am of lamb. I absolutely love it. You also may know that I am not a big seafood fan, but Seasons 52 is slowly changing that. I have had their scallops and salmon which were quite good and this trout dish was very mild with almost a sweetness to it. I was quite impressed and so proud of myself that I am actually starting to like fish. I guess I have just never had it prepared properly.
The snow peas were quite delicious as well. The glaze on the them was sweet and spicy and the shitiake mushrooms gave a nice meatiness to the dish and is perfect for those looking for a vegetarian alternative.
Finally for dessert. The coveted Mini-Indulgences that are packed with flavor but not calories. The Key Lime is my favorite!
I love that each dish at these tastings are paired with a wine. I do enjoy a glass of wine but must say I am not well versed in it so I always seem to learn something new. I have included this video from Seasons 52 that we got to preview the night of the tasting that features Executive Chef Cliff Pleau and Master Sommelier George Miliotes showcasing new spring menu and wines available now at Seasons 52.
Warning it may make you hungry!
For more information on the seasons 52 menu including calorie counts and nutritional information visit the Seasons 52 website.
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In Good Taste,