A Night Off in the Kitchen

by Gavan on September 28, 2009

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A few months ago I donated an evening of culinary pampering for two to The First School of Santa Monica’s annual silent auction. (Figured this would win me brownie points for my future kids’ future education!) Last night we made good on our donation, cooking for quite a lovely couple in their cozy home.


Amuse Bouche :
Beautiful Farmers’ Market Caprese Salad

Amuse Bouche

Appetizer :

Seared Wild Sea Scallops with White Bean Puree and Tomato Confit

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Main Course :
Organic Filet Mignon on Creamy Polenta with Sauteed Spinach, Asparagus and Zinfandel Reduction

Filet with Creamy Polenta Organic Filet Mignon Filet with Zinfandel Reduction Filet with Zinfandel Reduction

Dessert Trio :
Coffee-Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee, Champange-Cinnamon Poached Pears, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.

Dessert Trio

Fancy a pamper? I’m for hire! Have suitcase will travel.

All recipes are made with the finest quality farmers market whole foods, natural and non-processed ingredients as much as possible.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Ryan | Live Well 360˚ September 28, 2009 at 7:39 pm

That spread looks amazing and right up my alley! Those scallops look like they are hockey puck sized, where did you score those? Nice work Gav, and as we know what goes around comes around. I know your good deed will pay off 10 fold in the near future.

Meg Wolff September 29, 2009 at 8:26 am

Presentation is everything and you take the cake, Gavan! I especially love your chocolate covered strawberries and poached pear!

Sheila | Live Well 360° September 29, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Awesome job!

You should totally submit this to healthyyum.com and foodgawker.com.

Anne Samoilov October 1, 2009 at 6:30 pm

This dinner looks divine! I am not kidding though…when my mom finally makes her way out her for a visit – we’ll be celebrating her pain-free visit…and I know your cooking would make her sooo happy!

Gorgeous pics too!

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