Dessert for dinner: Sylvia Gould a sweet sensation

by Tallahassee Table

Poco Vino wine shop presents a four-course dessert and wine event showcasing the Kool Beanz pastry chef and James Beard semifinalist.

Poco Vino, the new wine shop and event space, was recently the setting for a magical evening with Sylvia Gould, the beloved pastry chef at Kool Beanz Cafe. Sylvia also has the distinction of being named a semi-finalist for the coveted James Beard Foundation award for outstanding pastry chef in the country. She’s the first and, so far, the only nominee from Tallahassee for the award, considered the Oscars of the food world.

Gus Corbella and Amanda Morrison with pastry chef Sylvia Gould. Photo credit Gus Corbella

Poco Vino presented a “Dessert for Dinner” event, pairing the creations by Sylvia with wine choices selected by the sommeliers at this charming space, owned by Amanda Morrison and fiancé Gus Corbella.

On his Instagram message, Corbella said this about Sylvia and I’d have to agree: “We love Chef Sylvia Gould. Not only is she one of the kindest and most wildly talented pastry chefs in the South, but for anyone living under a rock these past few years, she is also a James Beard Award semi finalist – the first in Tallahassee history.

“We were so happy that she agreed to be featured for one of our Chef’s Wine Dinners, not only so we could showcase her artistry, but also so we could celebrate her achievement and the national door of recognition she has helped to open for the Tallahassee food scene. Thank you, Sylvia.”Thanks for expressing that so well!”

Dining on dessert in the lovely greenhouse at historic Poco Vino. Photo credit Gus Corbella

As for Poco Vino, it’s located inside the historic Gallie Hall building, which was built in the late 1800s. The place has an intimate atmosphere with its brick walls, archways and a greenhouse, brightened by candlelight for the lovely, private wine dinners. It’s reminiscent of a nook you’d find in a big city, but we can enjoy it right here in Tallahassee.

I have to say my husband and I felt particularly decadent, and pretty wonderful, to be eating dessert for dinner. We also met some really nice people.

If you’ve been to Kool Beanz, you may have enjoyed Sylvia’s artful desserts but here’s a lineup of what she prepared for this event with wine pairings. Check Poco Vino for tickets to future dinners and tastings. A Valentine’s Day wine tasting and wine dinner with the owner of Liam’s in Thomasville are two of the upcoming events.

Dessert for Dinner courses

Baklava with a zing of bleu cheese. Photo credit Gus Corbella

*First Course: Saffron Poached Pear, Baklava, Bleu Cheese (this smidgeon of blue cheese added a delightful tangy accent), paired with Maximin Grünhaus Riesling Sekt Brut, Germany.

Sylvia Gould creates ultra velvety Thai Basil Panna Cotta for the Poco Vino chef’s series. Photo credit Gus Corbella

*Second Course: Thai Basil Panna Cotta (silky texture; love this), Satsuma Habanero Sorbet, Candied Calamansi, paired with Maison Noir Bottom’s Up White Blend, Oregon.

Edible flowers decorate this lovely cassava cake from Sylvia Gould. Photo Gus Corbella

*Third Course: Cassava Cake, Pandan Ice Cream (a surprise flavor), Salt & Pepper Cashew Brittle paired with: Alvaredos-Hobbs 2018 Godello, Spain.

A sorbet interlude. Photo Lindsey Masterson

*Sorbet Intermezzo

A luscious chocolate tart ends the evening on a sweet note. Photo Tallahassee Table

*Fourth Course: Chocolate Tart, Black Pepper Popcorn, Creme Anglaise (deep and rich chocolate, the sweetness offset by the popcorn, perfect with red wine), paired with Rombauer El Dorado Single Vineyard Zinfandel, California

Photo by Tallahassee Table

Poco Vino is at 225 S. Adams St.; 850-320-4552. 

Photo by Gus Corbella
Photo Tallahassee Table

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