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V is for Vidalia: A Multi-Course Dinner Featuring Vidalia Onions

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Vidalia onions were discovered accidentally in the 1930s. They’ve become extremely popular in recent decades. Vidalia onions are so popular in fact, that they are now widely available in grocery stores across the country from April to mid September.

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Vidalia Onion stuffed with braised beef

We were invited to attend a multi-course dinner in Atlanta, featured the Vidalia onion. Our first course began with a lovely Shrimp and corn salad and was paired with Rose wine. The sweet Vidalia onions were the perfect touch to this starter. Another salad, this time a Wedge with ranch and bacon was another good use of the Vidalia onion. Moving on to more of a substantial course was the Pan-seared red snapper with Vidalia onion, red cabbage and fennel slaw with citrus vinaigrette and the wine pairing, a Chardonnay-Sauvignon Blanc-blend. Although I’m not usually a fan of Chardonnay, I did enjoy this blend.

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Shrimp and Corn Salad

Up to this point the dishes were impeccably paired with wines, but the highlight of the evening was the Braised beef stuffed Vidalia onion with tomato sauce and shaved pecorino. No other dish truly highlighted the Vidalia onion as did this. It was paired with a red blend – Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot from France that was simply delightful

Oh and they didn’t forget about dessert. We were treated to a Vanilla bean gelato with Vidalia onion and aged balsamic jam. My, oh my, the “oohs” and “ahhs” that everyone kept uttering with this dish. No doubt everyone wondered how they would pull off an onion-based dessert. But the balsamic and onion complimented each other quite well. It was a pleasant departure from the average overly sweet desserts found elsewhere.

Fun facts:

  • Vidalia onions are only grown in a 20-county area of Southeast GA.
  • In 1977 they were named the official state vegetable of Georgia.
  • They are a good source of Vitamin C, are fat free cholesterol free and sodium free.

Disclsoure: Our meal was complimentary but the opinions expressed are my own. You can find out more about Vidalia Onions here.

Vidalia Onion special dinner

V is for Vidalia, baby!

About the author

Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!