Wednesday, December 16, 2009

3rd Langley Chefs Dinner a Smashing Success

This past Monday we hosted the 3rd Langley Chef's dinner...this time to benefit WAIF, the Whidbey Animal Improvement Foundation.  We raised over $4,000 and had a really great time! I am honestly so honored to be part of such a wonderful and generous group of people.  The spirit in the kitchen at these events is really amazing.  Here's what we served:

Jess Dowdell from Mukilteo Coffee prepared a date stuffed prawn, wrapped in prosciutto and grilled...with a cilantro pesto.  She paired with the Whidbey Island Siegerebbe.

Des Rock from Useless Bay Coffee gave us a soup, salad and squash course, paired with the Whidbey Island Pinot Grigio.

Next we received a roasted black cod with ox tail and wild rice, dry pomegranate juice and brussels sprouts from Matt Costello of the Inn at Langley.  Wine pairing was a Ca' Del Solo Sangiovese.

Donna Leahy from Chef's Pantry served a duck ragu with potato gnocchi, brown butter and white truffle, paired with Louis Changarnier Pinot Noir

We are so lucky to have Dave and Dawn Noble from Fireseed Catering join the group.  They prepared a homemade cracker with quince membrillo and Rivers Edge chevre for our cheese course.  Amantillado Sherry was the pairing for this course.

And for the dessert course, Sieb prepared a napoleon of candy cap mushroom ice cream with bitter caramel sauce with truffled sea salt, and the Warres Ottima 10 year tawny port.

Unfortunately we didn't get a picture, but Mona Newbauer of Island Angel Chocolates donated a last little nibble to everyone...a delicious pistachio cranberry truffle...just to ensure everyone really rolled out of here.

100% of proceeds goes directly to the charities we choose.  We are extremely grateful to live in a community where people are so excited to support our local causes, and where we can find this group of amazingly talented chefs willing to cooperate in this way.  The next dinner should be sometime in March...details coming soon!