Monday, March 2, 2009

Mardi Gras Gourmet Dinner

On Saturday night, our gourmet dinner group met for our Mardi Gras themed dinner. Thanks to Jim for designing the menu and the Lemieux's for hosting at their lovely home!

Thanks to Carol for framing the menu for the evening.

Starting from the end, we finished with Bananas Foster, created by Tim & John.
The vanilla ice cream combined with the rum-soaked bananas was amazingly delectable!

Tim & Tina chose good 'ol local Saipan bananas.

Eric and Marilyn created a refreshing spinach salad with goat cheese, pancetta and cranberries in a light vinaigrette dressing. This was very good!

The intermezzo was a soothing lemon sorbet.
The funny story behind this was that Lynn had to buy 3 gallons of it (and not 3 pints)!
I'm sure there's still tons left over.

Each place setting was created individually, decorated with the fleur de lis.
Thanks Carol & Lynn!
Jim made the best seafood gumbo/jambalaya ever! It was spicy and had a unique robust flavor, which can't compare to anything we've tasted before!
This is better than gumbo we had in New Orleans!
Deborah & Brad brought the nice crab cakes with aioli as the starter. They also made artichoke bruschetta but I ate so many and forgot to take a photo of it.
We had actually toned down the menu and deleted a couple of dishes because we had so much food planned. The hard part of the gourmet dinners is keeping the menu to a minimum.
Deborah & Russ enjoying dessert.
We had assigned seating and no one was sat next to their spouses.

Brad & I had a good discussion on the world economy...

Lynn, the beautiful hostess!
The Mardi Gras Gourmet Group! Welcome to John, Joe, Carol, Tim & Marilyn!

With masks!
The ladies pose with our hand-made masks.
Lynn is modeling the mask that Marilyn made.
The hurricane was a hit! Rum, orange juice, pineapple juice and a splash of grenadine!

Masks decorate the entry.
Tina, Marilyn & Tim The Lemieux's have a spectacular home, perfect for the Mardi Gras themed dinner.
The gumbo ....seasoned perfectly!
Lynn & Eric in the kitchen
Carol, Joe, me & Jim
Carol displays her mask.
It's always fun to gather in the kitchen to watch someone else cook...
In the afternoon, Dixie found me and we were both so happy to see each other again.
What a sweet girl!
Lynn planned our lunch... muffaletta (sp?) sandwiches on ciabatta bread. Wow!

The morning began with preparations of chopping ingredients and planning for each course.
Lynn & Carol made beautiful floral arrangements that toppled over by the time I arrived in the morning. Luckily, they re-created their masterpiece and all was well.
Eric, Marilyn, Tim, Jim & Steve helping out in the kitchen.
This is how our group starts the day.... cooking together.
Lynn's place setting.
The busy kitchen. BTW, Lynn makes fantastic lattes!
We look forward to our next gourmet dinner, whether it's Mexican of Greek!


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