Saturday, January 30, 2010
I recently had the pleasure to cook with two of my favorite chefs in Boulder. Actually, they're both "businesspeople" more than working chefs anymore, but they can still get it done in the kitchen.
Every year Boulder Community Hospital holds a fundraiser and this year an auction item featuring myself, Jen Bush and Dave Query (you may know him as the man who owns most of Boulder's best restaurants) was a high ticket item. We prepared and served food at Doug Bollman's beautiful mountain home. And when I say "beautiful", I mean "unbelievable"!
Our menu was a group effort. The courses included:
Passed apps of oysters, mussels baked in puff pastry, tomato and goat cheese mousse crostini, and wild steelhead tartare.
Warm poached egg salad with frisee, crispy pork belly, and pickled vegetables
Fried Goat Cheese with olive salad and yellow tomato coulis
Red Pepper Soup with duck confit and crispy potatoes
Seared Scallops with braised salsify, cauliflower puree, and curry
Meyer Lemon Polenta Cake with candied fennel and lavendar ice cream
Needless to say, we had a great time. The dinner went off without a hitch, Dave and Jen were so much fun to spend time with, and the guests loved every bite. Most importantly, we helped the community in our own little way.