About 8 months ago, I was asked to donate a meal prepared in somebody's house. The deal was, there was an auction and this was one of the items up for bid. Last night, I worked with one of my students to prepare the following meal for 6: *** Disclaimer: I am not one for 3 paragraph-long descriptions of menu items, but I am listing components so you get the picture. Lobster Egg rolls - with oyster mushrooms, garlic, Napa cabbage, drizzled with toasted sesame oil Salad - beet 'carpaccio' on the bottom of the plate, ringed with cuccumber sliced on a mandoline (set up right like a ring mold) and filled with crispy leeks and topped with California 'roll' goat cheese croquette. A splash of 12 year old balsamic, as well (Proseco) Entree (something for everybody, I hope) - Herb-jacketed loin of venison set on frsh cranberry relish; Crispy-skinned striped Basss with shallot butter; Canvas Back duck hash with figs; white-truffle oil potatoes with cognac poached crimini mushrooms (Viognier) Cheeses - Delice de Borgone, St. Simeon, Raw Milk Gouda, garnished with toasted cashews, dry cherries, crusty bread (Muscat) Dessert - Mascarpone, White Chocolate, Espresso Brioche Bread Pudding (Ice Wine) Just thought I would share what my night was like! My student was great! The shopping trip to Reading Terminal Market in Philly was Great! Night was exhausting, but great! With all this "work," who needs the movies?!