I love Instagram. And I LOVE #foodie Insta-posts. Facebook, on the other hand, I barely pay attention to and have an embarrassing two likes on my Page. Yes. I said two. So imagine my surprise when I received a message from a real-life person via my Happily Midwest Facebook page. A wonderful, exciting message from the Sales & Promotions Coordinator at Hotel Vandivort, inviting me to taste and preview the newest menu for The Order.
Of course, I jumped at the opportunity, and I'm thrilled to share my personal take on this new menu dropping this week at The Order.
Disclaimer: I don't recommend reading this if you're hungry!
"A nod to the masonic history of the building, The Order features upscale cuisine in a sophisticated yet approachable atmosphere. Located on the lobby level of the hotel, the space was designed to create a lively social experience. " - theordersgf.com
"Sophisticated yet approachable." I can't think of a better way to describe The Order. The mixture of cool and warm textures, classic and modern design, and trendiness intertwined with coziness, creates one of my favorite atmospheres in the Midwest. The food? Delectable. Hearty. Delicate. Local. Beautiful. Lively. Tantalizing. Mouth-watering. Basically, ALL THE THINGS.
After a lovely introduction from The Order and Hotel Vandivort staff, the first course was presented compliments of Chef Zach White:
TATERS & GRAVY
Chef White describes his Taters & Gravy as The Order's take on classic French poutine. As with every ingredient, every plate, and every glass served at The Order, emphasis is given to their commitment to sourcing all local products. House fries are perfectly seasoned with salt and smoked paprika. (Smoked paprika!) Coating the fries, their veal bone marrow gravy, (incredible on its own) is partnered with aged cheddar fondue and aged diced cheddar from Southwest Missouri's Edgewood Creamery. A sprinkle of green onions give the dish a perfect amount of color and the finishing flavor touch.
The flavor combination of this dish was ahh-mazing! I was hooked by the smooth, earthy texture from the aged cheddar and the rich, creaminess of the gravy. A beautiful, sophisticated appetizer that is sure to be a hit with foodies, non-foodies, and kids alike. It's comfort food at it's finest.
Paired with Lumberjack’s Punch
Grappa Piave, Smoked Apple Gastrique, Ancho Reyes, B&B, and garnished with a smoked rosemary sprig.
I love a good salad and I love winter vegetables - maybe even more than summer veggies! This next course was as beautiful as it was delicious. Their lovely root vegetable salad combines locally sourced lettuces and baby kale, roasted carrots, roasted celery root, sun chokes, and roquefort. Tossed in their house made hazelnut vinaigrette with roasted Brussel sprouts, Hammons black walnuts and perfectly poached figs.
Ok. Fresh roasted veggies + hazelnut vinaigrette. Seriously? Seriously! This salad is SO GOOD. So good. I need one right now! The dressing was perfect and really enhanced the slight crunchiness of the vegetables. Love.
Paired with To-marrow, Tomorrow
Bone Marrow Washed Chateau Arton Haut-Armagnac, Cnia Mata Vermouth, Maraschino Cherry Simple Syrup, Smoked Orange Juice. Oh-so-pretty. Oh-so-good!
THE ZESTY GREENS
Don't let the colors fool you! This is, in fact, a seasonal salad full of fall/winter goodness! Locally grown greens, spiced pecans (yum!), mandolin-sliced radishes, fresh beets, and carrots. All of this vegetable goodness is tossed in a buttermilk-tarragon (with a hint of lemon) dressing and topped with Tomme cheese and brightly-colored edible flower petals.
Aside from being a looker, this salad is a fantastic combination of flavors! I have never been a fan of radishes OR beets (is anyone?!) but these nutrient-rich vegetables are a great match with the slightly creamy dressing. The subtle lemon zest really brings out the crisp freshness - and makes me think I'm on a warm patio enjoying Spring brunch.
Paired with Grammy’s Yammies
Spiced Sweet Potato infused Vodka, Lustau Fino Sherry, Brown Sugar Cinnamon Simple Syrup, Jerry Thomas Bitters. Served with a toasted marshmallow made at Springfield cafe, European Cafe. PS. Sweet potato infused vodka! Brown Sugar Cinnamon Simple Syrup! Homemade marshmallows! All the things!
Duck? Did someone say DUCK?! I absolutely LOVE duck, but it's seemingly hard to come by in Springfield. After college, I lived in Minnesota for about four years. Pheasant and duck hunting were commonplace, and I learned so many incredible duck recipes...I will dig them up and share sometime!
Apparently, Chef Zach White also shares a love for duck and seeks out ways to use it on the menu. This succulent seared duck breast sits on top of a duck confit herb risotto. Try-colored carrots cooked in a brown butter with Pinot Noir poached cranberries round out this TO-DIE-FOR dish.
Duck. Risotto. Pinot Noir Cranberries. I mean, really. Do I need to say anything else?! Go to The Order - and ORDER this. You can thank me later.
Paired with Ozark’s Gully Wash
Coriander infused JRieger & Co. Gin (from Kansas City!), Coconut Milk, Brown Sugar Cinnamon Simple Syrup, Lime Juice. The Order's take on a popular Bahamas cocktail. If you're needing a winter escape, this will do the trick!
At this point in the menu preview, I was certain there couldn't be more. The Duck was the icing on the cake and I was feeling full, happy, and plotting date night reservations with my husband. And then Chef White makes another appearance with The Pig. Let me just say that this is hands down the largest and most beautiful pork chop I have ever seen. (No, I am not getting paid to say that! It truly is beyond incredible.)
For this dish, Chef White selects a double-cut pork chop locally raised in Seymour, MO. A Southwest Missouri favorite, Circle B Ranch is known for their pork - 100% pasture and humanely raised Berkshire Pork from the Ozarks. As if more is needed for this stand-alone beauty, the chop is drizzled with a horseradish and brown sugar glaze. A creamy butternut squash puree highlights the plate with roasted Brussel sprouts, celery root, cauliflower, sun chokes, and is topped with crispy carrot ribbons.
Slicing my knife through this was exhilarating. I'm not sure that I've ever experienced this much excitement over food! And here I thought the Duck was the grand finale. Because of the size, Chef White encourages your appetite to not be in a hurry, as this masterpiece is cooked to order and takes a little time. It is beyond worth it. Trust me! Order this. And the duck.
Paired with Smoked Old Fashioned
Buffalo Trace Bourbon, simple syrup, house bitters, served in a maplewood smoked glass. This drink right here is EVERYTHING! This drink made me a bourbon girl. This drink is perfect on it's own or with a great meal. A great happy hour cocktail or the perfect nightcap. It is hands down one of my most favorite cocktails from anywhere. Try it!
THE BIG COW
And the medley of perfectly prepared meat concludes with this classic, yet reimagined dish...
So this is a winter menu. And when I think winter + food, I think warm, fill-me-to-the-brim-becasue-it's-leggings-season comfort food. And The Big Cow is just that. This hearty 16oz USDA Prime grade strip loin is first seared in a cast iron skillet. It's then finished on the grill and served with roquefort cream and bacon hasselback potatoes, hunter sauce, and roasted asparagus. So tender. So good. So comforting.
Ladies, if you have a meat-and-potatoes significant other and would love a date night experience beyond Texas Roadhouse - put on your sassiest red lipstick and go on a DATE at The Order. Ask your sever to review this feature. Order. Eat. Enjoy. I don't need to know the details of what happens afterwards. You're welcome.
A huge THANK YOU to the entire staff at The Order for the lovely invitation and the incredible food. Our growing corner in Southwest Missouri is making a huge impact on the foodie scene - and it's because of places like this.
If you're in Springfield for a weekend, or a mid-week visit, make plans for dinner and drinks at The Order. You'll leave feeling impressed and wanting more. Oh - and don't forget to capture your visit with the trending #hotelvandivortbathroomselfie!