Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Dinner

We had a diverse and multi - talented group of friends for dinner last night - and I get to link you to all there blogs and web sites as port of my story - it's like one big plug for all these fabulous people they are really deserving of you clicking through and taking a look at what they are up too!!-

The menu started with appetizers of:

fried and marinated smelt (these are small fish that Brian did a beautiful job with!)

a rabbit rilette (made by the talented david padberg!)

some head cheese from last summers pig

with mustard made by our good friend matt

Our first course was homemade ravioli stuffed with ricotta, carmilized onions and pine nuts

The Main was corned beef made from beef from Mossback farms! (yumm) gratin potatoes from Square Peg and fresh asparagus with Brian's aioli

this was followed by a warmed arugula, walnut and grilled onion salad with greens provided by Chris and Amy of Square Peg farms

Bruce of Vino (a great wine shop in Portland) did a wonderful cheese course with some lovley cheeses from Pastaworks (which we all love of course)

and the grand finale was david comming in again with a grand chocolate finish two beautiful chocolate deserts that I can't describle one was a flourless hazel nut chocolate dessert and the other a thick rich chocolate ganache type cake!

Andrew Rich
brought some stellar wines as did Bruce - all and all it was just a gourgouse meal and a wonderul celebration of all things portland! and a fun intersection of people who bring us good things for our table!!

Kathleen who has a great foodie blog took all these beautiful photos and provided us with some beautiful bread from portland!

Thank you all for coming and celebrating in such grand style!! and being game for my farm tour and 'lecture' in the pouring rain : )

special thanks to Rabecca who made the trip to the airport to bring home our baby chicks safely!! : )


rich said...

Excellent...glad to be a part of it from afar! I hope the corned beef (and everything else) was tasty on a chilly rainy spring day.

kab said...

It was such a privilege (not to mention a huge pleasure) to be included and to meet you two at last. Your home, and your life at Big Table, was warm and welcoming! Give Clementine a big smooch from me!

Clare Carver said...

Kathleen - I look forward to having you out for a follow up lunch when we can really chat : ) - c

Clare Carver said...

rich your beef was great - but you t-bones last week where AMAZING!!!

Cecelia (CC) said...

There you go spreading joy again....

kab said...

You name the day, my dear, and I'll move heaven and earth to be there! Big love backatcha!