Thursday, July 28, 2011

Your Intimate Dining

I got started yesterday.  While talking with friends at a concert in the park I was hired to cook a meal for her dad and family.  "My dad really likes fish and crackers, so I thought instead of going to Fish Company we would hire you".  My very first solo paid gig.  Fish is an interesting fare.  Sustainable fish is all the rage, but farmed fish is raised with questionable upbringing.  Steroids, antibiotics often mentioned as their steady diet.  But, I digress.

The kicker was the addition of smoked BBQ'd Baby Back Ribs to this menu.  The great news was slowed cooked items are easy to do ahead and then fire up at the last minute.  "My dad loves Smoked Salmon served with crackers," also a do ahead item.  The only cooked-on-site item was Halibut poached in a lemon and wine sauce and the sweet potato fries.

The 5 courses and wine parings brought to you by yours truly.

Smoked Copper River Salmon with Wasabi Aioli - Byron Pinot Noir
Mixed Garden Fresh Salad with in a Tarragon and Lemon Oil Vinaigrette - Byron Chardonnay
Poached Halibut in a Lemon and Wine Poaching Sauce with Garden Fresh Green Beans  - Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc
Smoked BBQ'd Baby Back Ribs with Sweet Potato Fries - Louis Jadot Beaujolais
Russian Cream with a Mixed Berry Coulis and Macadamia Nut Chocolate Cookie - Port

It was great fun and as I experienced in Italy, good food brought out over a longer period of time creates time for fun conversation.  The dining experience took well over two hours and based on comments, all had a good time.

They even liked the food.

Thanks to my assistant Chris.  She helped out a lot.


Denise said...

Everything looks delicious! You are really cooking. Nice! The fries look delectable! It all made me think of Mark Twain's comment, "Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside."

Buon appetito!

darlene said...

Hip Hip Hurrah!! Tom is the answer to all your special dining needs. The entire dinner start to finish, plate to clean plate was all taken care of, wine, dine and enjoy. I cant wait for the next chance to partake and enjoy. All our love and thanks.