Monday, October 4, 2010

Full Moon in the Valley of the Moon

September was a very busy month for us with eleven weddings from the sea shore to a mountain top.  Sometimes I forget to look around and see the incredible area that we live in, but some places are just so incredible you just have to notice.  I'm lucky to get to work with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau; this year I donated a dinner to their fundraiser for youth.  It was planned to fall on the full moon in September at a new location that Kunde Estate Vineyard just recently made available on “ the mountain top”.

What an incredible night!  The temperature was perfect and no wind.  We watched the sun set as we served the hors d’oeuvres, enjoyed dinner, then had dessert just in time for moon rise.  I could not think of a more perfect evening.

The menu was a bit challenging.  No water, no electricity, and everything had to be carried in, and had to be worthy of the auction price that was paid for it.

Guest Arrival
Point Ryes Blue tarts with Fresh Fig Jam
Crane Melon Soup Sips with Prosciutto Crisps
Liberty Farms Duck Confit Taquitos

First Course
Tomato Caprese Martini
Balsamic Drizzle

Main Course
ServedFamily Style
Rosemary Rubbed Beef Tenderloin
Caramelized Onions
Cauliflower and White Cheddar Grain
Pearl Cous Cous with Roasted Butternut Squash

Individual Berry Cobblers
Clover Stornetta Ice Cream

I know the guests had a great time and I personally got to take a moment and savor our own back yard.


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