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Thursday, August 25, 2011
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Monday, August 31, 2009
This past Saturday night I hosted a fundraising dinner for SELMA. Their weekly Friday morning breakfasts raise money for a variety of local organizations. This fundraiser was for SELMA itself, to cover capital expenditures (like dishes) that make serving breakfast to 100 people every Friday morning possible. The hosts of SELMA - Lisa Gottlieb and Jeff McCabe - were my assistant cooks for this dinner, and it was really great to spend the afternoon and evening getting to know them while cooking and serving with them. Their help was indispensable - Jeff spent at least 90 minutes cutting vegetables and assembling the most complicated ratatouille known to man, and Lisa came up with the innovative idea of molding individual tart shells over the outside of a tipped over muffin pan. Brilliant!
This was my most ambitious menu so far, I think, but fortunately everything went off without a hitch! Pictures and menu below. And the guest list was great - as usual, I wished I'd had more time to spend getting to know my diners! For more pictures and commentary on the meal, check out this blog post from guest Brian Steinberg.
|Bounty from the Farmer's Market waiting to be turned into dinner.|
|Yellow Oyster Mushroom Tart|
This was the first time I'd seen the Michigan Mushroom people at the farmer's market in quite some time, so I had to add a mushroom course. Lisa not only figured out how to make the tart shells, but contributed some of her homemade farmer's cheese to the cause too! The pea shoots were contributed by diner Brian Steinberg's new business - Inchworm Microgreens.
|Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Napoleon|
with basil oil
with toasted pistachios, hazelnut oil and chives
|Mixed Greens with Roasted Fennel and Roasted Beets|
|Baked Lake Trout with Confit Byaldi|
"Confit Byaldi" is the fancy name for "most complicated ratatouille known to man." It involves layers and layers of thinly sliced veggies, laid out in a beautiful spiral. I forgot to take a picture of the pre-cooking version, but you can see someone else's here. This is the dish that Remy the rat makes at the end of the movie Ratatouille, and the recipe is from Thomas Keller (of The French Laundry).
|Lamb Rib Chop with Summer Bean Cassoulet|
|Sheep's Milk Gouda, Leonore, Constant Bliss, Bayley Hazen Blue|
garnished with pickled raisins, creamed honey and grape mostardo
|Panna Cotta with Poached Peaches|
and 10-yr aged balsamic vinegar
Peach pate de fruit, milk chocolate almond rochers, and a dark chocolate yuzu truffle
Sunday, August 09, 2009
I had a fabulous time last night, cooking dinner for eight great diners. Together, we raised $240 for Growing Hope. *And* I even remembered to take pictures! That was probably because of how easy my amazing assistant cook made things for me. Dee was one of the diners at my very first dinner, and when she volunteered to be my assistant this time I jumped at the opportunity. She's an accomplished cook and hostess herself, running a B&B and catering weddings and parties at The Rooms at Grayfield. She made my job very easy, and was excellent company too.
I've got two dinners coming up, one on August 29 for SELMA, and one on September 12 for Doulas Care. These dinners are a little different, as the benefit organization is taking on the responsibility of filling the guest list, so all I have to do is cook! However, if you'd like to attend either of these dinners, just let me know and I'll put you in contact with the person managing those guest lists. The Doulas Care dinner will be $75, with $50 going to support Doulas Care. I'm not entirely sure of the pricing for the SELMA dinner yet, but I should have details soon - contact me for more information.
Now for some pictures from dinner #3!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
The July version of TT Supper Club was just as much fun as the June version was. Many thanks to my 8 fabulous diners who contributed $200 to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. And an even bigger thanks to Mom's Kitchen who was my tireless assistant. I really can't thank her enough. MK administers the annarborfood mailing list and is one of the most recognized names in the Ann Arbor online foodie scene. We met a couple of years ago when she attended a chocolate truffle class I was teaching. She's got a particular interest in helping feed the poor, so when she heard about my Supper Club project, she offered to be my assistant if I was doing something along those lines. We decided on the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, and then had a blast cooking and serving together. Thanks, Mom!
Next month's Supper Club event will be on August 8 (yes, that's just two weeks away!) and will benefit Growing Hope:
Growing Hope is dedicated to helping people improve their lives and communities through gardening and healthy food access. Based in Washtenaw County, Michigan, we work with neighborhoods, schools, community groups, and families to develop and sustain gardens. We also work to increase local food security through our Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers' Market and other efforts that improve access to healthy, affordable food. Growing Hope is dedicated to helping people improve their lives and communities through gardening and healthy food access. Based in Washtenaw County, Michigan, we work with neighborhoods, schools, community groups, and families to develop and sustain gardens. We also work to increase local food security through our Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers' Market and other efforts that improve access to healthy, affordable food.If you'd like to reserve one of the 8 spaces at the August 8 dinner, please email me with your food restrictions and preferences. Early requests will receive priority, but I reserve the right to adjust the guest list in order to manage conflicting food restrictions. I'm happy to accommodate a variety of food restrictions, such as gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian, I just don't necessarily want to do them all at the same time! Also, I don't yet have an assistant cook lined for the August 8 dinner - please let me know if you'd be interested in volunteering!
The *only* thing that went wrong at this month's dinner was that I was so focused on the food that I completely forgot about taking pictures until the 6th course (out of 9)! So not nearly as many pictures as last time. But here's the final menu, with pictures where i do have them.
Caramelized Zucchini with Walnuts and Fiore Sardo
I recreated this from leftovers after everyone had left to get a picture. Then I ate it!
Creamed Corn with Caramelized Onion and Basil
This was an extra course I decided to add just yesterday morning, because this was the first week I'd seen corn at the market and I figured we should celebrate.
Land and Sea Pasta with Mussels
I'll describe it so you can visualize: red potatoes, green beans, white and deep yellow boiled egg wedge, bright pink center of the seared tuna, and then a drizzle of yellow-green salad dressing.
Seared Duck Breast with Blueberry Sauce, Chard and Roasted Carrots
Selection of Cheeses: Brillat Savarin, Fiore Sardo, Lingot de Quercy
With frais du bois ("wild" strawberries) and pickled raisins for garnish.
Cherry Pie with Thai Basil Ice Cream and Manjari Chocolate Shavings
I scheduled this event on my only available Saturday in July, which happened to be the same night as the SFHV Pie Lovers Unite event. Sad to be missing that, we served pie for dessert in their honor.
Petit Fours: Raspberry Pate de Fruit, Pistachio-Rose Petal Mendiants, and White Chocolate Covered Stem-on Cherries
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I had so much fun last month, I'm doing it all over again!
On Saturday, July 25th I'll be hosting a supper club event to benefit and the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. I'll be offering an 8-course tasting menu, designed to highlight seasonal and local foodstuffs. The menu will be wine-friendly, but the event is BYOB (or better yet, bring some to share). A donation of $50 is requested per person.
Here's a little more information about this month's benefit organization:
Earthworks’ primary activities include running a 1.5 acre farm and apiary, hosting classes for Detroit gardeners, hosting two youth programs for area kids, attending markets with youth during the growing season, and providing support for guests of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen who are interested in gardening and food justice. We are a full program of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and have our offices and gardens on their grounds. Every day we are striving to be more responsive to our soup kitchen community and neighborhood. Currently, the majority of our produce is incorporated in the meals at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and we are planning to install a commercial hoop house (similar to a greenhouse but uses only heat from the sun) to provide greens for the soup kitchen and for marketing to the public.If you'd like to reserve one of the remaining spaces at the July 25 dinner, please contact me ASAP with your food restrictions and preferences. I'm happy to accommodate a variety of food restrictions, such as gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Ilex from Homesteading in a Condo was one of my TT Supper Club guests, and she requested that I post the recipe for the pre-dinner cocktail I served. So here it is!
1 oz chopped rhubarb
5-6 mint leaves
1 oz rhubarb syrup
1 oz light rum
3/4 oz lime juice
Muddle rhubarb and mint. Add syrup, rum, lime juice, shake. Strain into glass filled with ice, top with club soda. Garnish with extra mint leaves and rhubarb stalk.