January 26, 2013 · 5:30 PM
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Many of you might remember, our Julia Child 100th birthday party was a major culinary success. We have wonderful gourmet home chefs in our dining group and I have decided to make 2013 the Year of the Chef. At each event we will feature the cookbook from a master chef. We will challenge ourselves and each other to take on new styles, techniques or recipes that we have always wanted to taste. The first in our series will be held in my home which is not very large. So space will be limited to 10. Everyone must prepare their own dish from the selected chef’s cookbook. It will be limited to Pleasure Palate members only – no guests can be added until the last week, if space permits. Simply add "would like to bring a guest" in remarks and you will be notified the last week.
To make the menu balanced we ask that you please designate in your RSVP which course you plan to bring. You can always change your mind, but let’s try to make a balanced gourmet dinner to pay Mario homage. There are many of his books in the library, so we should not have to make a purchase to find a recipe. As a matter of fact there are several of his books and hundreds of recipes online. Try visiting www.mariobatali.com to see how easy his recipes appear to even a novice cook.
If you really want to get to know Mario better, read the first few chapters of “Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany” by Bill Buford