Last night we, well really Murray, cooked a multi-course dinner for some very generous contributors to our nephew and niece's school. He was actually auctioned off for $1350 (he spent a few days convinced that if he was worth that much in the kitchen for one night, he should be worth a lot more in other rooms of our home as well) and all of the funds went to the Parkmead Elementary School in Alamo, California, a very worthy cause.
So here's the menu for last night's dinner for twelve:
Roasted Red Peppers on Baguette Croutons
Achiote Chicken Skewers with Mango Pineapple Salsa
Salumi, Prosciutto, Sopressata and Olives
Lobster Agnolotti with Lobster and Chervil Cream
Tuna Nicoise with Roasted Baby Beets and
Rosemary Olive Oil Poached Potatoes
Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Wild Mushrooms and Bernaise
Mashed Potatoes, Garlic Roasted Potatoes,
Roasted Cauliflower, Grilled Asparagus
Gorgonzola, Humboldt Fog, Mount Tam, Red Hawk,
Parmagiano Reggiano, Taleggio
Fruit and Organic Honey Comb
Chocolate Cake with Cocoa Buttercream Frosting, Organic Raspberry Coulis
With the exception of the olives, baguettes, salumi and cheese Murray made everything from scratch, even the pasta for the agnolotti.
The images below show Gemma helping out with the bruschetta, the appetizer table, and the evening's menu.
Needless to say, tonight we had leftovers. Gemma ain't complainin'.