Christmas evening dinner party at Dennis's place

A bunch of you are coming on our Christmas morning hike.  But then what?  Go home and take a nap?  Sit at home alone?  Go to a movie?

Here's another idea.  Join me for a Christmas party dinner at my home.  Since the weather may not be that great for being outside on the patio that evening, I'll start off with a maximum of 20, and see how that goes.

There is no requirement for you to bring anything to eat, but if you choose to, please indicate what that will be in the comments section of this meet up.   

That will help us avoid having one turkey and 18 bûche de Noëls. 

A traditional bûche de Noël, made with a genoise and chocolate buttercream, and garnished with powdered sugar, raspberries, and spruce sprigs.

Bûche de Noël - Génoise cake, chocolate buttercream with meringue mushrooms, topped with powdered sugar, evergreen branches accent.

Now that Dorothy has introduced us to Buche de Noel, check this out:

https://www.google.fr/search?q=b%C3%BBche%20de%20noel&bav=on.2,or.&bvm=bv.58187178,d.bGE,pv.xjs.s.en_US.EeLgqkzqnSg.O&biw=1366&bih=587&dpr=1&wrapid=tlif138752597885011&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=fr&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=W_ezUtCEA_SS0QXiqYAw

I'll bake a turkey.

I already know we'll have in attendance one Buddhist, one Hindu, two Muslims and a few Christians too! 

Whatever theology you believe and no matter if you hiked in the morning with us or not, all are welcome as we share together a very Merry Christmas.

Questions?  Feel free to call me at[masked] 

Dennis


PS: For those who may benefit from a tutorial of the origins of Christmas, Mary P. was kind enough to provide this video for your viewing pleasure:

 https://www.youtube.com/embed/kWq60oyrHVQ?rel=0 

Mary P. will be available to further explain this.

Parking is available in the parking structure across Lombardy Street from One Monument Avenue apartments and behind the First English Lutheran Church.

The address of the church is 1603 Monument Ave, Richmond, VA 23220.

Below is a view looking north. Notice Stuart Circle in the background and One Monument Avenue Apartment to the right.


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  • DAN

    Thank you Dennis. You do a great job! An inspiration!

    December 26, 2013

    • Dennis B.

      Thanks to you Dan for all your help at the party. It appears that we both have become the subject of much mirth and I suspect envy for our creative way of dealing with the turkey.

      1 · December 29, 2013

  • Nang Pann Ei K.

    Fabulous!

    December 26, 2013

  • Clare T

    what an absolutely spectacular evening - once again the people in this group are by far what light up the Richmond skyline! Dennis it was wonderful to finally meet you - so amazing celebrating Christmas around the world last nite, for that is how it felt to me - such diversity and such connectivity! Very grateful for the group :-) also i seem to have left my red fuzzy scarf on a chair - i will catch up with you re that :-)

    Happy New Year!

    1 · December 26, 2013

  • Patience

    thanks so much Dennis for opening your home and opening the waiting list. Thank Alye for being the door person and guiding me in. I had a nice time and enjoyed meeting new people building friendships and eating great food.

    2 · December 26, 2013

  • Alye

    What a wonderful Christmas this was! Thank you for everything, Dennis. Thank you for giving us all a chance to be together and to celebrate Christmas in each other's company. All the food was delicious and the conversations with old and new friends even better. For a girl who doesn't celebrate Christmas, I sure had a reason to last night and I most definitely did!

    1 · December 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed meeting everyone tonight. I had a wonderful time. Thank you so much!

    2 · December 26, 2013

    • Alye

      Happy you joined us. Looking forward to seeing you out on the trails.

      December 26, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    The party was a triumph of culinary, cultural, ethnic and theological diversity combined to create a memorable Christmas feast and celebration.

    So magnificent and plentiful was the food as to challenge the participants to sample each of the large variety of mouth-watering pallet intoxicating delights before filling the bellys with the sheer bulk of it all.

    1 · December 25, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    Among the many highlights were:
    Drew’s spinach and parsnips
    Walid’s moussaka
    Joe’s green bean casserole
    Tracy’s spicy meatballs
    Karen’s apple, fennel, pomegranate blend with quinoa
    And not-to-be-missed:
    Pann’s coconut noodle soup with all the trimmings
    and
    Dorothy’s Buche de Noel, which was so beautifully presented it was painful to cut into it. When we did, we were so glad to eat it as well as look at it.

    The conversations were as varied as the food. A new nickname was born tonight when JRHiker Janet out of courtesy or perhaps through concern informed Dennis something odd was in the bathroom. Therefore her new name: “There’s a turkey in your bathroom - Janet.” She was right; check the posted pictures.

    All things considered, it was truly a very Merry Christmas.

    3 · December 25, 2013

  • Deborah

    Dennis - thank you so much. Everything was great. I enjoyed meeting everyone and seeing old faces. The food was such a mixture of different cultures - it was all wonderful. Everyone enjoy the rest of your week!

    1 · December 25, 2013

  • Traudel M.

    Dennis, quite simply: Thank you! It was wonderful.

    December 25, 2013

  • KASH H.

    ThankYou Dennis! It was an awesome evening. Great food, good wine and wonderful people. I loved it.

    December 25, 2013

  • Tracy

    What a great evening. I enjoyed it so much. Thank you Dennis for opening up your home and allowing us to enjoy the holiday with you.

    December 25, 2013

  • Mary P

    Who knows how to make turkey gravy?

    December 24, 2013

    • Mary P

      That's great, Alye. Thanks for covering for me! The ham and mashed are coming with Dancin' Deb

      December 25, 2013

    • Alye

      Wil do

      December 25, 2013

  • Alye

    No worries guys, I just really like mashed potatoes and wanted to know if I could eat it but Everyone has been so awesome and considerate of my dairy allergy. You guys Rock! :-) can't wait to see everyone!

    December 25, 2013

  • Patience

    Merry Christmas! I was on the wait list and got in last minute. Since it is Christmas day and the stores are closed I can bring something with sweet potatoes trying not to use dairy. Aly you can't eat anything cooked in butter either (I know butter is dairy but sometimes it is mostly milk that is the issue and not cooked butter- I guess I could make ghee and take out the milk fats if that works for you)

    1 · December 25, 2013

    • Alye

      Butter is fine. Just milk, cheese and yogurt. So happy you are coming!

      December 25, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    I'm increasing the max to 24 in order to clear the waiting list. We'll make it work.

    Hope the four of you on the waiting list can make it at this late hour.

    Christmas Cheer!

    1 · December 24, 2013

    • Clare T

      thank you indeed! i'm going to try to make it work - just don't know what i will be bring - family leaving around 4pm - my computer has been down - is attire PAJAMAS!!!!???? :-)

      1 · December 25, 2013

    • Mary P

      Yes, the attire is pajamas.

      1 · December 25, 2013

  • DAN

    Roasting beets!

    December 25, 2013

  • David

    Merry Christmas to all :) Now I'm invited to a 4:30 gathering of my folks friends, to which I'm kinda obliged to stop by 30-60 mins. I'll be 20 mins away, so should be able to join ya'll by 6pm. Hoping that puts me right on time!

    December 25, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    There is an elevator in the parking structure that can get you from the 4th level to ground level. You'll need to cross Lombardy street to get to One Monument Avenue apartment building. My apartment is on the lowest level called the Plaza, apartment PL-F.

    Alye will help get you through the electronic security door entrance, direct you to my apartment, and can also assist if you need help carrying anything.

    Questions? Call or text me at[masked]-4943.

    I look forward to seeing you there.

    Dennis

    December 24, 2013

    • Alye

      My number is (347) 228-1382... in case anyone needs assistance getting stuff from the parking deck to the building and cant reach Dennis for some reason

      December 24, 2013

    • Deborah

      Alye, thanks so much for offering your phone #. I will need your help with carrying food. See you tomorrow - hope you have a wonderful day (and come hungry!)

      December 24, 2013

  • KASH H.

    After looking at the delicacies listed and another look at my average cooking skills I choose to get some more wine. I hope that's ok.

    1 · December 24, 2013

  • Mary P

    I'll bring rolls and butter

    December 24, 2013

  • walid

    Hello everyone
    I would bring a traditional Egyptian food ... called moussaka, a dish prepared of aubergine (eggplant)

    4 · December 23, 2013

    • Mary P

      SUPER!!!

      December 24, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    First, I express to each of you my gratitude for sharing with me part of this very special day, Christmas day.

    It is traditionally a day of joy and hope, but to many it is also a challenging day, and I believe your decision to be with us Christmas evening will bring joy to others and I trust to you as well.

    This is a final plea to reconsider if you'll be able to attend, and if for any reason you won't be here, please change your RSVP to NO so those on the waiting list will have the opportunity to take your place.

    It appears we'll have quite a variety of culinary delights, and as I've noted before, it is not necessary for you to bring anything, but if you do, it would be helpful if you would indicate in the comments section what that will be.

    December 24, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    I am delighted that you plan to join us in my home Christmas evening.
    It was a surprised when the 20 max was reached the first day I posted this Meetup. As you can see, there is now a waiting list.
    I just wanted to ask you to let me know if for any reason your plans change so I can arrange for others to take your spot.
    Note in the comments section the line up of food some are bringing. I emphasize there is no requirement for you to bring anything. If you do however, please indicate what you'll bring.

    December 22, 2013

    • Karen W

      I just found an apple, fennel, pomegranate recipe I will probably blend with quinoa.

      2 · December 23, 2013

  • Mary P

    I'll bring mashed potatoes.

    December 19, 2013

    • Drew G.

      I would prefer mom's recipe over martin's

      1 · December 23, 2013

    • Deborah

      I am also bringing a broccoli casserole but it does have dairy products. I am glad we will have a wide selection of food so everyone should have something they can enjoy. I love that we will have an "ethnic feel" to our meal - that truly represents our group, doesn't it? I have really loved being part of JRH over the last year. Can't wait to see everyone - Happy Holidays to all!

      1 · December 23, 2013

  • Joe S

    I think I will bring green bean casserole and maybe a dessert.

    December 23, 2013

  • Drew G.

    Non-Cream Spinach and Parsnips, I will be leaving out the "milk" for those who cannot have dairy, so this will be a drew special spinach/parsnips

    1 · December 23, 2013

  • Tabitha L.

    I have family from out of town!

    December 22, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    I have been told that the parking structure will be unlocked Christmas day so if you should be able to find your way to the 4th level to find a space.
    We'll have someone available at the front door to get you into the building and direct you to apartment PL-F.

    I look forward to seeing you all Christmas evening.
    Call me if you have any issues or questions.
    Dennis[masked]

    December 22, 2013

  • martha

    Thanks so much for opening your home to us, Dennis. But now that I know my kids' schedules, I will give my spot to someone else.

    December 21, 2013

  • Cary

    Oops I will change my RSVP. Had it in my little pea brain that this was Christmas EVE the 24th. So have fun and Merry Christmas to everyone if I don't see you in the next few days at some of the walks.

    December 21, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    I’ll provide to drink:

    Grape juice
    Pineapple juice
    Bottled water
    Coffee
    Variety of hot teas
    Hot Apple Cider (Will heat in my crock pot)
    Wine ( I have 7 bottles some white, some red)

    December 21, 2013

    • Alye

      Can we use something to heat spiced wine? Was thinking of bringing that but wanted to ask first

      December 21, 2013

    • Dennis B.

      How about a pan on the stove? Or the microwave oven?

      December 21, 2013

    • Deborah

      Oh my goodness Dennis.... (I might say you have too much time on your hands, but I know you don't) Some of them have cute mushrooms! Dorothy, we need a picture of yours! I'm sure it will be fabulous. Now I need to figure out what I can bring...

      1 · December 20, 2013

  • Susan T.

    Dennis,
    Can't make this one but so nice of you to open your home.
    Everyone enjoy!

    December 20, 2013

  • dorothy s.

    I'll bring a Buche de Noel and something vegetable to be determined. Recent knee surgery has kept me off the trail, but Christmas dinner sounds wonderful!

    1 · December 19, 2013

    • Dennis B.

      Which is another way of saying it appears we're in for an evening of "Dining with History". Thank you Dorothy!

      December 19, 2013

    • Mary P

      Oh I LOVE the Buche de Noel!!!! This is gonna be so fun!

      December 19, 2013

  • Nancy C.

    Merry Christmas!! Wish I could be there!

    December 19, 2013

  • Tracy

    I can bring deviled eggs & spicy meatballs

    1 · December 19, 2013

  • Nang Pann Ei K.

    I am thinking to prepare a Myanmar style, coconut noodle with chicken. Other option is a pickled tea leave salad!

    2 · December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Dennis,

    Sorry, I couldn't make it at the hiking since last time, but I would be able to join the Christmas party. I will bring a salad. Thank you for having me and Mal.

    December 19, 2013

  • Narmadha S.

    How kind of you Dennis to think of all the people who might not be able to spend the holidays with family. I wish I could come. I'll be in NY with my family.

    December 19, 2013

  • susan

    How nice, its nice to know that if I were staying in Richmond, I'd have a great place to spend Christmas! So can't make this, but Merry Christmas!

    1 · December 19, 2013

  • Michele

    You guys will have so much fun! Wish I could be there.

    December 19, 2013

  • Terri

    Would love to join you and yours in the celebration Dennis, but I have my traditional granny duties to attend to :) thank you for the invitation though! :)

    December 19, 2013

  • Traudel M.

    Dennis, I won't make it to the hike, but would very much like to come to the party, if only briefly, so my daughter can meet some members of the group. I'll bring some food (maybe a layered salad, or maybe some Glühwein = liquid food).

    December 19, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    I'm cooking a turkey.

    December 19, 2013

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