another dinner, this time by joe+dave
A few weeks ago, I received an email from my friend Joe, who attended the second fishes+loaves dinner back in November. He told me something I’d been hoping to hear… that he had shared the blog with his friend Dave, and they both wanted to throw their own version of a fishes+loaves meal.
Part of the original idea for this blog was the hope that the information we provide about our meals would help spur others to try hosting their own meals for charity. So I was absolutely psyched that we’d be able to take part in the first off-shoot of a fishes+loaves meal, this time as a diner!
On the evening of January 28th, Joe played the role of host and sous-chef while Dave (a law student by day, cooking enthusiast in his free time) took care of most of the cooking duties. Here was their terrific four-course menu and some pictures of the food that evening:
beef tartare crostini
organic basil, heirloom tomato, garlic, parma prosciutto, asiago, parmesan reggiano and pecorino cheese
arugula and blanched endive salad with white wine vinaigrette
arugula, endive, walnuts, pear, miyatake mushrooms, white wine vinaigrette
seared salmon and scallop roulade with roasted garlic mash
wild alaskan sockeye, fresh sea scallops, garlic, potatoes
pomegranate cranberry granita
cranberry, grey goose vodka, mint
white citrus sangria
blood orange, pomegranate, lemon zest
Dave’s family used to own a restaurant, so he’s no stranger to cooking and food preparation. The food was delicious, accompanied by terrific company and conversation of the other diners, many of whom were meeting for the first time. Most importantly, the dinner generated a collective contribution of $330 for Northwest Harvest.
Cheers to a wonderful dinner for an important cause! I hope to have an opportunity to follow up with these guys and get some of their thoughts about creating the meal.
Our next fishes+loaves meal will be this Saturday… Valentine’s Day. There won’t be any heart-themed dishes, but we do have a full group for the meal, the proceeds of which will go to benefit the Central Asia Institute, a nonprofit organization providing community-based education and literacy programs. Check back for the full write up!