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A Meal to Remember

A Meal To Remember

One night this past spring, I ran into some friends at a Block Island restaurant and they told me about a fundraiser that they were planning for a very special family going through some tough health issues. They asked if I would consider donating a dinner or something of that nature for the auction. Without hesitation, I said ‘sign me up’! The event was in June and I decided to donate a 5 course meal for 8 on my deck with wine pairings.

On the night of the event, the venue – The Yellow Kittens, was packed and there were tons of silent and live auction items; a tribute to how special the person is that we were all here to help out. My dinner was slated for the live auction and I nervously sipped my wine waiting for it to be called, hoping it would be a popular item and bring in a good price. Magic Rob was the MC and had the auctioneer gig down pat. Check him out in action below.

https://youtu.be/BFqtevMbKB0

The winning party reserved their seating for Sunday, August 5th. It was a perfect night, warm and breezy with beautiful views of the ocean. I planned a menu that would highlight a variety of foods, each carefully paired with a different wine. I recruited some friends and family to help with preparation and serving so that we would have a very smooth and relaxing event. The table was set and we greeted the excited diners with a glass of Rivarose Brut from Salon De Provence.

A Meal To Remember

 

A Meal To Remember

A Meal To Remember

Relaxing on the porch in the warm sunshine, the guests sipped their bubbly and the ‘waitstaff’ passed 3 delicious appetizers – Cajun Scallop Tostadas with Guacamole and Cilantro Crema, Sesame Chicken Bites with Thai Chili Dip, and Goat Cheese Crostini with Kalamata Olives and Sun-dried Tomatoes. The recipe for each of the dishes on the menu can be found in the Recipe section of the blog.

A Meal To Remember

A Meal To Remember

A Meal To Remember

A Meal To Remember

After lounging in the sun and noshing on the delicious apps, the guests were asked to make their way to the table. The first course was a Curried Seafood Chowder with shrimp, scallops, and monk fish. It was perfectly paired with a New Zealand Savignoun Blanc – The Loop.

A Meal To Remember

The next course was a Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Fennel, Apple, Dried Cherries, Candied Walnuts and Goat Cheese in a Honey Mustard Vinaigrette paired with Whispering Angel Rose.

A Meal To Remember

The pasta course followed with house-made Linguini with White Clam Sauce, paired with Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley in California.

A Meal To Remember

A Meal To Remember

The main course was Beef Tenderloin Stuffed with local Block Island Lobster and topped with a Béarnaise Sauce, paired with Justin Cabernet Sauvignon.

A Meal To Remember

Room for dessert? Decadent Chocolate Cake with a Raspberry Coulis and Coffee Drinks with Jameson’s, Bailey’s and Kaluha.

A Meal To Remember

A Meal To Remember

The diners left full and groaning with delight. They were a young group and I was concerned when they told me that this meal ‘ruined every other meal they would eat going forward’… The ultimate compliment .

 

A Meal To Remember

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