A while back, Patrick Henry had an auction to benefit the school. I donated a dinner for four. They picked tonight for the dinner. As of yesterday, they said, weather be damned, they were still coming. Brave souls!! I will make sure to have the bourbon ready to warm them. They wanted to do a slow night with multiple courses, which, for me, makes it super easy. For all the things I manage to pull off in the kitchen, timing is something that I am not great at… it stresses me out. So slow courses makes it nice for me, plus it is really such a nice way to have a meal I think.
So here is the menu, too late to change it now, but tell me what you think.
Assorted cheeses - Mountain View Local Marmac, Artequeso Manchase, Le Roule
The above will be set out in the living room, I will serve cocktails and let them settle into the evening. Then, after a bit, I will have them go to the dinning room where the following will come in courses.
Smoked Salmon Boat- Smoked salmon with lemon infused cream fraiche, topped with a sprig of dill in an endive leaf boat.
Beef Consommé Laced with Sherry- topped with shaved parmesan and cracked pepper.
Beet Salad- Beets mixed with argugula and goat cheese
Spinach, Pine Nut, and Feta Pasta - spinach wilted with garlic, and crumbled feta. Topped with lemon zest and toasted pine nuts.
Cardamom Pound Cake- Topped with maple whipped cream and caramelized apples and toasted walnuts.