Tuesday, August 26, 2014

How to Win a Dinner Party

Last names have been removed from this post to protect the innocent. Not that anyone there was innocent.
It all started with an event called Shooting with Chefs. It was a fund-raiser for Make-a-wish. Some friends of mine bid on one of the silent auction items and lost, but then the chefs who donated the prize offered another one...dinner for 10 at the winner's house. Luckily, I'm friends with a couple of them and they invited me and my wife to join them. Here's how we rolled:
 Crispy things filled with mushrooms and chicken gravy. Light and tasty. 
 Followed by fois gras with raspberry...my fav!
 Lamb heart panzanella, which were like little gyros. There was a touch of harissa to bring some heat.
Was that the third bottle of champagne? Christina, Scott, Cheryl and me.
 Hey, it's Mike Isabella cookin' up a storm in the kitchen!
 Bryan Voltaggio was there as well, explaining one of his dishes. The other half of our hosts for the evening, Mike, is on the right.
 Smoked beets with yellowfin tuna, cured egg yolks, and tonnato. This was good. The smoked beets were accented beautifully by the tonnato.
 We were still civilized at this point, but permagrins were beginning to appear. Chrissy and Marc pictured.
 From there, the conversation went straight into the gutter.  From left to right Marc, Mandy and Scott. I think we were talking about vasectomies at that point.
 Our hostess for the evening, Meredith with our guest chefs.
 Bryan, me and Mike.
 James!
 Bucatini with maitake ash, uni, tomato and purslane.
 This was the winner of the entrees. Lamb neck with charred yogurt, meyer lemon and fava bean. Perfectly cooked to roasty perfection.
Cheryl and Mike finishing off the Chateau d'Yquem.
If you're interested in bidding on an event like this for you and your friends, keep your eyes peeled for the next Shooting with Chefs event. It's a great fund-raiser and the auction items are off the charts!
Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for more adventures.
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