Monday, June 27, 2011

drop dead diva dinner

we had some special guests this weekend, cast and crew of lifetimes Drop Dead Diva stopped by to share some food and wine and hang out for the night! couldn't have picked a better weekend with all the good stuff in bloom right now. below is a plate of sunflower sprouts, purple basil and pea shoots.
first course. heirloom tomato gazpacho with minted whip cream.

we had a couple surprise snacks in between courses, first was a pearson farm peach and sweet grass dairy green hill cheese sandwich with grain mustard and basil on h&f ciabatta.
from left to right. april bowlby who plays stacy barret, myndy crist, lovely wife of josh stamberg and john pontrelli, the first assistant director for Drop Dead Diva.
from left to right. ben feldman who plays a guardian angel named fred, michelle mulitz, jackson hurst who plays grayson kent, reza jahangiri accompanying the lovely kate levering who plays kim kaswell.far right (a back shot) is josh stamberg who plays parker. josh was the grand organizer for the evening. thanks josh!the second snack of the evening, spanish white anchovy toast with boiled egg, avocado, oil cured olive and red radish on h&f baguette.
fennel risotto with sapelo island clams, arugula and preserved lemon.
tacos! not just any old taco. i made the flour tortillas with duck fat then filled them with crispy duck confit and a little siracha mayo. topped with red cabbage and lime slaw. yum!
the last couple weeks our desserts have been a out of the ordinary, but really delicious. this week we did a chocolate cake with guajillo chili custard and chipotle lime golden raisins.
once again, we forgot to take our group photo, but special thanks to the cast of Drop Dead Diva for joining!