Last Fall, for the second year in a row, I was fortunate enough to be the high bidder on a private dinner for eight, offered by Paula Disbrowe and David Norman, as an auction item for Les Dames D’Escoffier’s Food Fight. The money raised by the online auction goes towards assisting women get into culinary careers.
Last year’s dinner was epic, so I was very excited to do it again this year. The theme, again was Pink Wine and Tapenade, and the food represents some of the couple’s favorite foods from their time in France. The variety of pink wines was provided by Glazer’s Distributing.
David is the head baker at Easy Tiger and the other restaurants in the ELM Restaurant Group which include Arro and 24 Diner with an Italian concept in the works. His breads are beautiful and delicious.
The first course of passed appetizers included Beet Puree on Toast with Macadamia Nuts and Olive Tapenade. Delicious. With this course we sipped on Lucien Albrecht Cremant Sparkling Rose.
A second appetizer was a Caramelized Onion, Anchovy, Olive Tart. Beautiful and delicious.
The first seated course was a lovely Garlic, Gish Soup, with Aioli on Crostini. The soup was delicate and light and the aioli was creamy and rich and mostly just perfect.
The next course was Daube of Beef, with Roasted Carrots. It was served with Braised Fennel in a Red Pepper sauce, as well as Pan au Levain (not pictured) For this course moved on to Domaine Ott.
For a lighter next course, we had salads of Personal Romaine Lettuces, Frisee in a delicious Mustard Viniagrette.
For a final course, we have an amazing array of cheeses from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, David Norman’s delicious breads, and Confituras jam. The combination of the Mt. Tam cheese on David’s Walnut Bread was an outstanding pairing. By this point, several wines were on the table, and I think we were supposed to be drinking Miraval Cotes de Provence. We eventually got to it and also opened some Whispering Angel as well.
There was also a birthday cake in the shape of a whale made by my friend Valerie for our friend Paul’s birthday, but I did not get a picture of that. It was a night of amazing food and fun, and I hope to be able to be the high bidder on this dinner again next year.
Last year I was excited to have my copy of Paula’s first cookbook, Cowgirl Cuisine autographed at this dinner.
This year, I was equally excited to have her sign my copy of her newest book (with Donald Link) Down South. Both books are amazing!
To read about last year’s dinner go here: http://wp.me/po5VL-1rk