Raising Some Dough

My brother is an accomplished chef  and I know how to do fundraisers.  On August 14th, we came together and put on a dinner party that raised almost enough cash to educate a child for a year.  A few friends want the menu, so here it is.  I don’t have the wine that was served, but I will try to get it and share with you.
What do Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vijay Mallya, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Elton John have in common?                           
San Francisco’s Top personal Chef Johnny Bouldt has been their chef.  The winner of this auction lot will enjoy a delicious meal cooked by Johnny Bouldt who will bring his talent and Sonoma County food connections to create an unforgettable eating/learning experience.
The evening will begin with a cocktail hour “dans la cusine” and guests will be invited to participate in a discussion and demonstration on the elusive shrimp scampi.  For cocktail hour we’ll explore just three of the many different ways a chef can prepare shrimp scampi.  Which one is the best?  You be the judge.  We’re going to take it from Europe to the Far East using tried and true methods found only hidden in a country’s culture or kept secret by the finest chef’s around.  Ask questions, take notes, or just eat buttery prawns…. it’s your call.
“Traditional” with chervil, chives, imported butter and sauvignon blanc.
“A la plancha” with smoked Spanish paprika, lots of fresh garlic and sherry wine and parsley
“Round-eye” sesame seared with sweet Japanese mirin, soy, and sichimi pepper.  
Salad Course
 Baked goat cheese tart with mixed summer greens -caramelized Maui onion, Laura Chenel goat cheese on top of fresh baked puff pastry
 Soup Course 
Chilled pea soup with asparagus, fresh cucumber, jicama and Maine lobster 
“poured tableside” and served with French bread
 Main Course
 Wine braised Sonoma lamb shank with creamy soft polenta and wild mushrooms 
and for dessert….
 Real banana’s Foster with Saigon Cinnamon “voodoo dust” and vanilla bean ice cream 
No wine country dinner party would be complete without a wine sommelier on hand …. And she was…Melanie Thomas, Merci.


One thought on “Raising Some Dough

  1. Joanne:
    The thought of one spectacular dinner event could raise enough funds to sponsor a child’s education for one year is truly amazing!!! It’s actually inspirational!
    Unfortunate for me when I was growing up in the 60’s there were not too many kind and generous hearts reaching out to others like they are now. I truly want to commend you and your husband and your brother for supporting such an amazing cause. Stay on this path, you just may be destined for greatness!!!
    Terry Davis – Shackelford
    (Happy Bolt Temp Worker)

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