I just attended a great dinner party hosted by Tammy Coxens of Tammy’s Tastings. The party was created as an intimate dinner party fundraiser to benefit the non-profit organization, Growing Hope. There were only eight guests at the party who were seated around the table in Tammy’s house. The cost was a fifty dollar minimum donation, but you can donate more if you wish. All of the proceeds after the cost of food will be donated to Growing Hope.
The meal was incredible. The menu and pictures of each of the nine courses are below. Tammy cooks with fresh local ingredients gathered from farmers market, the gardens located at her co-housing development. She uses locally sourced cheese and dairy and even herbs growing in front of her house. Each dish perfectly complimented the next. Tammy introduced each item which added a nice touch to the event. I felt like one of the honored foodie guest we see on those Top Chef shows.
For those who drink, there was a bring your own wine policy. Many people brought a bottle. I am not a drinker, but several other guest freely shared their wine. The meal was very casual. There was a break halfway through the meal and several of us took a tour throw the co-housing developments gardens. This meal was a wonderful dining experience with food on par to an upscale restaurant, or even better. I prefer this casual dinner party setting than a busy restaurant any day. The idea of hosting charity dinner parties is a gem. I hope gatherings like Tammy’s Tastings becomes a growing trend in the local food movement across the country.
Cauliflower Panna Cotta w/Salmon Roe
Sauteed Squash w/ Blossoms
Corn Soup w/Bacon
Salad of Heirloom Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella: with 40 year old balsamic vinaigrette and basil oil
Salmon-Dill-Potato Pancakes: with mix salad greens and edible flowers
Pork Tenderloin w/Tomato-Peach Compote and Collard Greens
Cheese Course: Aged Goat Cheese, Gouda, Gorgonzola: with raw cream honey, blueberries, marinaded raisins and a spicy orange compote
Dessert: Flourless Chocolate Cake w/ Beet Ice Cream
Petit Fours: Blueberry Pate de Fruit (jelly candy) and Yuzu Truffle