photos by Donna Turner Ruhlman
Here are some photos from our Share Our Strength dinner at Lola. SOS is a organization the fights to put a end child hunger. We do a annual dinner at the restaurant to help raise funds for this great cause. This year we brought in over $74,000.00, which tops our old mark by over $20,000.00!!
The theme of this years dinner was Women of Food and Wine. Our lineup was absolutely amazing as we had 8 of the top chefs in the country come help us out. Each one of the dishes was fabulous and showed of the absolute aspiring talent that these 8 women have.
first course: tomato and feta salad; April Bloomfield, Spotted Pig, NYC
second course: french horn & fennel crudo with crispy pig ears; Koren Grieveson, Avec, Chicago
third course: roasted bone marrow with long beans, eel and apple butter; Michelle Bernstein, Michy's, Miami
fourth course: speck roasted halibut with pickled eggplant & tapenade; Karen Small, Flying Fig, Cleveland
fifth course: slow roasted salmon with heirloom tomatoes, Celina Tio, Julia(n), Charlotte
sixth course: wolf ranch quail with sweet corn and duck gizzard confit, Traci Des Jardins, Jardiniere, San Francisco
seventh course: stuffed spareribs with kohlrabi and peanut sauce, Anita Lo, Bar Q, NYC
eight course: peach tatin with peach granita & buttermilk panna cotta, Karen Demasco, Craft, NYC
We started them out with some great hors douevres from my team headed by Derek Clayton including foie gras tourchon with pickled cherries, lamb terrine with pepper relish and crispy pork belly with watermelon and our pastry chef Cory Barrett sent them home with some killer cookies and jellies.
I couldn't be more proud of how great our team at Lola performed and how wonderful all the chefs were to work with. Its is events like this that reinforce my absolute love for this business and everything that its about.
Also this week Bar Cento was named best new restaurant by Northern Ohio Live..much love and congrats to Jon and Amelia...I feel like a proud papa....check out www.chefswidow.com for pics of Northern Ohio Live article on Bar Cento and some SOS latenight party pics.
Live to cook, MS