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On a Hot Summer Night

July 12, 2011

Sara and Lori

Bite-sized BLT and chips

Menlo Creamery Cheese and Local Fruit

Deconstructed Gazpacho

Anise and Prickly Pear Ice and Snow Leopard Melon

Cassoulet with Poached Egg and Crostini

Thank you to all the guests, supporters and providers for making our inaugural Supper Club Dinner a huge success!  In the process of putting this dinner together we were both struck by what an amazing community we are lucky to be part of.  We have always felt connected to our local food system, but this endeavor increased our awareness to not only the products available to us in the Sonoran Desert but also the people responsible for producing them.  We can’t wait to dig deeper and discover even more local goodness.

As each seat was reserved for this summer dinner the daunting task of showcasing all these great products to an anticipating crowd loomed large before us.  It’s not as if we don’t have experience cooking for large groups of people, we have filled thousands of hungry bellies in our years together.  But a sit down, plated, multi-course meal is a whole new menu of challenges than what we are used to.  The art of plating, in itself, was a revelation, leaving us tempted to say “bye bye buffet”.  The courses progressed from a playful ‘BLT’ amuse bouche to a serious interpertation of cassoulet, complete with a poached egg.  The test dinners emboldened us to the idea that we could actually poach 20 perfect eggs.  Did we deliver?  Absolutely.  Did we create an extraordinary amount of stress for ourselves as we tried to troubleshoot why every third egg yolk broke before slipping into it’s simmering water bath?  Again, absolutely.  The end result, however, was a successful main course and a weeks worth of scrambled eggs as a bonus.  The upshot is we are still smiling and already plotting our next food adventure.

We cooked up this hair-brained idea (years ago) and had a blast finally executing it.  We are happy to take the complements but we can’t take all the credit.  The success was due in large part to a lively and engaged group of diners as well as a generous group of friends who were easily bribed with…you guessed it!  Food.  Stay hungry and stay tuned.  In the meantime enjoy the pictures but remember, like music a menu or recipe can be read but it is the actual performance that matters most.  We hope to see you soon.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Sue permalink
    July 12, 2011 4:32 am

    What a great way to share! There is so much here to be impressed and inspired by! Great table setting, interesting menu. Shows some humor and whimsey but a great respect for the foods! Thanks for sharing it.

  2. July 12, 2011 6:37 pm

    I feel so honored to have been a guest at your table. Especially as such a new comer to Tucson, I am inspired and awed by your ability to showcase each local food in such elegant style. The photos look so tantalizing and have me daydreaming about the sweetness and delight in each bite.

    Thank you for a memorable evening. I look forward to more.

  3. Martha Artemis permalink
    July 19, 2011 2:11 pm

    Bravo! Looking forward to your next adventure…


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