Sunday, September 21, 2008

Show and Tell

I don't usually participate in Mel's Show and Tell, mostly because I've usually got nothing. ;) However, this weekend I figured I'd show you what has kept me busy for the last two days (and I kinda promised you pictures) and my mind off the 2ww.

Earlier this summer we were able to enjoy our city's Summer.licious festival, which is a 2 week period in the summer (and one is done in the winter too) where over 130 restaurants in the city offer prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner ranging from $15-20 for lunch and $25-35 for dinner, usually a 3 course meal. It's a great way to try out more upscale restaurants without spending a fortune. Anyway, we were able to get to 4 or 5 restaurants with some friends. After Summer.licious was over V wanted to have everyone over later in the summer for a "formal dinner". This didn't mean formal in dress, but not beer and wings or bbq, but a more upscale menu. So our "formal dinner" was last night. I spent Friday prepping most of it and Saturday completing everything. Due to circumstance beyond my control we weren't able to sit down for dinner 6:30pm when I wanted, instead it was 9pm. However, it went well, although one couple was unable to make it in the end, but the four of us had a great time. Here is our 6 course menu in pictures. Everything was made from scratch. Enjoy!

Appetizer Course: Portobello Mushroom and Shrimp Crostini and Tomato Sauce

Soup Course: Vichyssoise

Pasta Course: Gnocchi with a Fresh Summer Tomato Sauce

Sorbet Course: Fresh Lemon Sorbet (to cleanse the palate)

Main Course: Chicken Breast Stuffed with Boursin Cheese and Spinach

Dessert Course: Grand Marnier Creme Brulee with Chocolate Biscotti

Cheese Course: We ended up skipping this course because it got too late. So V and I have some great cheeses to enjoy, well mostly V, but I'm pretty sure I can eat them all.


Kristin said...

OMG...that looks totally scrumptious. Good job!

Io said...

Suddenly, I am so available to come to dinner.

Lollipop Goldstein said...

That is amazing. Have us over!

SassyCupcakes said...

Yum! Beautiful presentation too.

AnotherDreamer said...

Wow, those look fantastic. Very good presentation, they really look professional.

Baby Smiling In Back Seat said...

Those summer prix fixe tours are such a great way to visit restaurants that normally might be too expensive. And doesn't Toronto have it in the winter too? But good for you for doing your own! :)

Anonymous said...

Chive action looks fantastic!! I also need the recipe for the tomato sauce and the biscotti of course ( I thought about them all weekend ). The more I thought about the tomato sauce the more I realized it would be perfect for its intended application - not as a main course dish but as a small scrumptious mini pasta course. MMmmm.... I kept looking at the clock on Saturday to see how far along everything might be!! The pictures are great!

Martha@A Sense of Humor is Essential said...

It looks delicious, my DH and I love fine dining and enjoy the LA version of Restaurant week. Thank you for sharing.