Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Thursday's Dinner

Last week's dinner - or, should we say, feast - went wonderfully, and I do believe we succeeded in getting everyone to taste something new to them!

Our next dinner will take place on Thursday, August 19th, this time with a vegetarian Italian menu.

Italian food is something of a staple in this country, but all too often misrepresented. Not everything is swimming in red tomato sauce and covered in cheese- in fact, Italian cuisine is very dependent on the natural quality of the raw ingredients, and the most successful dishes are those which focus on bringing out the flavors contained in specific vegetables and herbs. Since there are so so so many delicious, fresh vegetables ripening at this specific time of year, we decided that the best way to celebrate them would be to let them take center stage. So, without further ado, we bring you:

Bruschette: 3 Different kinds of bruschetta: heirloom tomato & garlic, roasted mixed bell pepper & eggplant, heirloom tomato & pesto with pine nuts and parmesan. These will be served with our favorite (we're not kidding) fried artichokes and stuffed, battered, and fried zucchini flowers.

Antipasti: Lightly fried polenta with roasted mushrooms, zucchini, bell peppers and summer squash, topped with crispy fried sage leaves and served alongside baby heirloom tomatoes.

Primi: Home-made ravioli with mushroom, ricotta, basil, parsley, and thyme filling.

Secondi: Pesto pasta, 3 ways: Red pesto pasta, Traditional pesto pasta, Lemon pesto pasta. The pasta will also be whole-wheat and home-made, and the basil for the pesto comes straight from our garden.

Dolci: Zabaglione served with home-made biscotti, garden-grown figs, and fresh berries.

We will be serving our selected red and white wines and Italian beer.

If you have any food allergies, please let us know!

We only have 10 available spots so please RSVP soon! You are more than welcome to bring a friend or significant other (or several), but be sure to let us know so we know who we're feeding!

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