the first dinner

We had an opportunity to test out this whole idea of raising money for nonprofit organizations through small hosted dinners this past Saturday. The great news is that we raised $800 (!!) for the University District Food Bank, a terrific Seattle-based nonprofit providing food and referral services to families in need.  And it was pretty easy…

We opted for a french bistro-style menu that was inspired, in part, by a recent late supper Lav and I had at one of our favorite restaurants in Seattle, Union.  Here is the menu, accompanied by some pictures of what we created.

saturday, november 1, 2008
benefitting the university district food bank

to start
herbed edelflower lime martini or kir royale

beet “tartare”, honeycrisp apple, sesame

frisee salad
lardons, poached egg, warm bacon dressing, chevre crouton
*** 2007 joseph drouhin saint-veran ***

soupe de poisson
black cod, kale, chickpea, garlic, star anise
*** 2006 j vineyard, pinot gris ***

“steak frites”
sirloin, cauliflower puree, pan jus, rosemary
*** 2006 dubois beaune 1er cru “bressandes” cuvée unique ***

lav’s pear almond tart
poached bosc pears from the garden







The total cost of the meal?  Roughly $100.  In the next couple of days, I’ll post the specifics on the total actual cost of the meal and what I did to try to keep costs down.


~ by jak on November 6, 2008.

7 Responses to “the first dinner”

  1. i love it.
    how cool is the idea?
    one tummy to another.

  2. crazy good.

  3. the dishes look so good and the idea is even better =)

  4. Wow Jack, that’s awesome.

  5. J and L – thanks for a wonderful meal! It was *way* better than just going to a restaurant, in that our delicious food was shared with friends for a great cause. You are true social entrepreneurs

  6. It looks wonderful

  7. What a fantastic meal, and well done I have to say raising 800bucks for the food bank! Great food, great photos. Lovely stuff.

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