This Wednesday, July 11 Tavern in the Village will be representing the wonderful state of Kansas in the Northwest Cherries national campaign for National Rainier Cherry Day
NW Cherries has selected one iconic restaurant in each U.S. state to create and feature a unique Rainier Cherry menu with $400 worth of free rainier cherries to play with and incorporate on their menu. From Rainier cherry-infused cocktails and brews to rainier cherry compotes, chefs all over the country are cooling down with this sweet, power-punched superfruit from the Pacific Northwest.

Tavern in the Village will be offering two dishes created by Chef Zeb Humphrey to highlight these magnificent cherries. The dishes include a Slow roasted Pork Shoulder served with Whipped Potatoes, Creamed Spinach with sliced Rainier cherries and a Rainier Cherry Gastrique  Rainier Cherry Panna Cotta with candied walnuts and Rainier cherry bourbon coulis.

Below is more information from the official press release about the Tree to Table campaign and the recipe for the Rainier Cherry Panna Cotta.

13 regional restaurants showcase cherries Midwestern style on July 11
SEATTLE, Wash.–(July 9, 2012)– In celebration of National Rainier Cherry Day on July 11, Northwest Cherries has commissioned one iconic restaurant in each US state to create a unique menu offering featuring Rainier cherries. This famed cherry is regarded for its crisp bite and pale yellow flesh bursting with exceptional sweetness.
Coast to coast, Northwest Cherries is making sure everyone has the opportunity to indulge this once-a-year treat. From Rainier cherry-infused cocktails and brews to Rainier cherry compotes on perfectly prepared proteins, each chef has designed a special dish that not only showcases the cherries’ sweet, crisp flavor but also incorporates them into the cuisine for which the state is known.

Rainier cherries are also beginning to prove they pack more than just a punch of flavor: recent scientific studies have shown the fruit to significantly reduce the likelihood of prostate cancer in high-risk males. Other key benefits include anti-inflammatory properties, contributing to wellness inside and out. In addition to less wrinkles, glowing skin and thicker hair, internal benefits include prevention of cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease, decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and hypertension/stroke, reduced insulin resistance for diabetics, and better sleep.   

Rainier Cherry Panna Cotta w/ Macerated Cherry Gastrique and Candied Walnuts
Panna Cotta
3.25 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
.75 cup sugar
2 tbs. Pink peppercorns crushed
2.5 tsp. unflavored gelatin
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Bring cream, .75 cup milk, sugar and pink peppercorns to boil
Remove from heat, cover for 10 minutes
Pour remaining milk into small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over and let stand until gelatin softens – about 10 min.
Bring cream mixture to a simmer, add gelatin mixture, and vanilla and let stand for 5 minutes and then pour through strainer
Coat ramekin with nonstick spray, divide mixture evenly, refrigerate and let stand until firm – about 6 hours
Macerated Cherry Gastrique
12 ounces of pitted rainier cherries halved
2 tbs. and .5 cup sugar
.25 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1 cup red wine
Combine cherries, 2 tbs. sugar and ground pepper stir and let set 1 hour
Boil wine in saucepan until reduced by ¾ and .5 cup sugar
In a blender puree half of the cherries and put though a fine strainer
Add rest of cherries and red wine puree and reduce until a nice syrup – about 15 minutes
Candied Walnuts
1 cup walnuts
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tbs. water
Combine ingredients in a skillet and stir until all sugar has caramelized and walnuts are evenly coated.
The menu will be available through July 31.  
Tavern in the Village
3901 Prairie Lane
Prairie Village, KS 66208

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