16 November, 2010

Dinner Anyone?

If you're looking for something to do for dinner this Thursday night -- and you have $1,000 per person to spend -- you might consider attending the Daniel Fall Game Feast.

The annual event benefits the Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation. If you're not a "foodie" this may not mean anything to you, but both Danial Boulud and the Bocuse d'Or are legendary in the culinary world. Think Arthur Conan Doyle (or Agatha Christie) and the Edgar Awards.

This year's dinner is hosted by culinary master Boulud, as well as Ariane Daguin:  owner of  D’Artagnan gourmet foods and  founder of Les Nouvelles Mères Cuisinières, an international association of women chefs.

If, like me, you're an enthusiastic foodie, but find yourself a little short of cash, you can still dream. The evening will begin at 6:30 pm with a Champagne Reception and succulent charcuterie buffet, where you’ll indulge in exotic game dishes like warm tourte of wild grouse and juniper.

Then, at 7:30, diners will sit down for the five-course dinner menu including: a robust soup of red-legged partridge (a gamebird in the pheasant family) studded with foie gras and cabbage, served underneath a dome of delicate pâte feuilletée; warm duck salad with porcini mushrooms, dates, and peppery arugula; and pillows of chestnut ravioli stuffed with wild hare.  All this paired with only the finest wines.

A thousand dollars is a steep for me (discounted tickets are available for only $800), so I'll be eating my own cooking on Thursday, but if I close my eyes, and let my imagination run wild, maybe my roasted chicken and Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon will morph into red-legged partridge and Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  Or, then again, maybe not.

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