We hosted another dinner party as part of our donation to our school’s auction to raise money for financial aid. During the time between our first school auction dinner party and this one, we bought a new dining room table and chairs, so this is what the new setup looks like (we’re quite pleased with it):
We started off dinner with an amuse-bouche, consisting of “breakfast”–a miniature Spanish omelet, lobster over miniature pancakes served with vanilla-infused maple syrup, and a gougere with country ham and quail egg served with a miniature mimosa. (The photo is from back to front.)
Next up was Thai pumpkin soup served in an acorn squash bowl served with the 1998 Pol Roger Winston Churchill champagne.
After that was crab served on top of an un-crab cake, which was made with hearts of palm to resemble the consistency of crabcakes. It was served with miniature spicy peppers and a 2009 Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne (a white burgundy).
Then came the obligatory (for us) foie gras dish served with pomegranate seeds, black cherry compote, and Parmesan tulles. The accompanying wine was a 2006 Edge Hill Mixed Blacks.
The main course was an Asian duck cassoulet (with edamame instead of beans). This was served along with a citrus cardamom salad, sautéed mushrooms with sesame seeds, and Japanese pickles. The wine was a 2007 Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red.
Then came the palate cleansing course, the trio of sorbets (pomegranate, blood orange, and tangerine).
Dessert was chocolate pot de crème served with Dean & Deluca chocolates. Served with it was a 1990 Rayne Vigneau.
It was a lovely evening, and I think great fun was had by all!