Its that time again for our quarterly dinner! For our protein selections we'll be featuring poultry, which includes chicken, duck, goose, pheasant, quail, or turkey....(local, organic and free-range whenever possible). You can get it from Niman Ranch, Whole Foods, the Austin Farmers Market, and the Sunset Valley Farmers Market for starters.
Vegetables will be summer squashes (all varieties), tomatoes (all varieties), cucumbers, corn, yukon gold potatoes, red potatoes, onions, and green beans.
Fruit will be peaches, blackberries, figs, and all varieties of melons (water, honeydew, cantaloupe..etc)
25 of us will cook and eat together on Sunday July 12th, 2009 at around 3:00PM. We will plan on appetizers being served at 4:00pm and Dinner served at 5:30pm, and deserts to follow that.We should wrap up around 7:30-8pm. If you are bringing alcohol, please plan on being there by 4:00pm. If you are cooking or bringing a side item, appetizer, or desert, please see the times above and show up in enough time to have your dish served in the time slot allotted. I am pleased to announce that we will be having Susan Leibrock, community relations director with the Sustainable Foods Center of Austin to speak to us about using local organic foods, her organization, and how we can do our part in helping our community!
The dinner will be at our home in South Austin. Once you have singed up and all slots are full I will send all participants an email with my address and directions.
There will be enough space for us to use the oven, grill, and I have an electric grill we can use in shifts. I am leaving it up to the folks bringing deserts, side items, and salads to do their cooking at home and just bring their dish, but would like to strongly encourage those that sign up for main courses or appetizers that require the use of a grill or stove to please try to cook at my house so it comes out as fresh as possible. (You can do your prep though at home if you like!) If you do plan on cooking at my house please put that in your comment at the end of this post so that I can plan, and remember to bring your own cutting boards, bowls, knives, etc...I will have prep tables to use. I'm letting only 25 people register for this event, so act quickly!
Every person coming (including any guest you bring, or your other half in a couple) will have to sign up for a slot and either cook something or provide local wine and beer (since we are in Texas, you do not have to bring local wine-but we have great beers!!) (if beverages slots are available, see below).
Since participation is limited, please let us know at least four days before the dinner if you're not going to be able to make it, so we can invite someone else to join us. If you cancel closer to 4 days to the event, you can't join us for the following 2 events. If you didn't show at all, you can't join us for the next 3. Canceling on short notice (or not at all) is unfair to everyone, especially the people who wanted to participate and couldn't because all the slots were taken.
7 participants will make main courses for 6 people each (including some vegetarian options)
4 participants will make appetizers for 10 people each
6 participants will make salads/sides for 8-10 people each
3 participants will make a dessert for 12 people each
5 participants will bring at least 2 bottles of good *locally produced* wine (in Texas it is OK for any wine) per person (not per couple) and some *locally-brewed* beer. Consider that most cooks spend $25-50 (and up!) just on their ingredients. If you're not cooking, you should be prepared to spend at least this much on beverages, out of respect for your chefs.
Please let me know who is coming by name. Once we reach 25 people confirmed, I will close the event and start another post for the waiting list. If the slots are full for what you'd like to bring, please choose something else instead. (Don't worry: There will always be another event to showcase your skills.)
So post a comment at the end of this POST in the 'comments' section (not the end of the web page!) letting me know the following:
First and last name
What you'll be bringing (appetizer, main course, etc. and as detailed as you can so we don't have duplicates)
If you brought wine last time, you should now cook something (unless you cooked as part of a couple and made a large entree).
If too many people pick the same course, I'll have to assign a different course to the last entrant.
If the votes are tied for ingredients, I'll flip a coin.
This is going to be great! So sign up before the spaces are gone!
A presto! Shannon Sofia Kimball