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Oh Hell Yes. February 14, 2012

Filed under: Biz Stuff,Random — rabbit @ 9:31 am

(I know it’s Valentine’s Day, and that I could’ve done some crazy awesome chocolate thing.  But I don’t care, so nyaaah.)

So Barbara and I had a party.  A party that I think Party Cat would be proud of.

As a little marketing ploy for The Drunken Doughnut (and kinda just for fun), we held a dinner party where the guests paid $20 a head and brought the booze of their choice, while we cooked up deliciousness and provided some spirits as well.  And got everyone drunk.  Basically.

Tatiana and Drew came (though Drew isn’t in this pic), as well as Allie.  And in the background is Andrew the giant on the left, and two of my favorite customers EVER, Lisa and Manny.  When I worked at Creme Brulee, Lisa and Manny were there almost constantly, and when they brought their kids, I’d load them up with sweets.  Evil Rabbit…

Then there was Cedric, who just became a vegetarian, which is highly appropriate since the featured menu was vegetarian and vegan (yaaay!).  And of course, Henry…  Ugh.

The night began with my Goat Cheese & Pistachio Stuffed Mushrooms.  Because peeps can’t get enough of them.  Meanwhile, we sipped/chugged Barbara’s homemade cranberry-infused vodka with a hint of lemonade and seltzer.  Veddy, veddy nice… Though frankly, Barbi, I’m surprised you didn’t make them stronger…

I worked on polenta croquettes stuffed with Manchego, Brie, and Gouda cheese…

And Barbara taught everyone how to make Vietnamese summer rolls, paired with her sweet and spicy chili sauce.  Dude, that sauce… Correction, dat sauce.

Success and amazement.  Love the expression, Drew.  ^_^

And once the polenta croquettes were fried up, we served them on top of some Swiss chard and drizzled with a mixed berry vinaigrette.  Crispy, cheesy, tangy, tender, melty, aaaaaah…  I began to explain the nutritional importance of greens like chard to Cedric.  But the vodka cocktails were done, we had moved onto wine, and well, by that point, one of the few skills I retained was not so much speech, but cooking.

We then served up my Vegan Aztec Chili, which, in the early stages of cooking, caused a spoon to jump onto the floor.  Yeeeaah.  Anyway, we topped it with an avocado whip, which I made by whipping up the chilled fat from a can of coconut milk, and mixing it with with avocado, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  This made me stupidly happy.

 Speaking of stupid… I think by the time we had gotten through the first four dishes, cocktails, and a couple bottles of wine, no one really took pictures of dessert.  That’s okay, I couldn’t speak English by then.  We made doughnuts, paired with a drunken dulce de leche, loaded with sherry and spiced rum.  I also made vegan chocolate stout cupcakes.  I’ll be sure to have the recipe up once I perfect it, because, while they were good enough to serve on this occasion, were not as fluffy as cupcakes should be.  I battled with that recipe for hours the day before we threw this dinner!  Still, I was happy with the results, and so was everyone else.

Then we had everyone write down an international theme for the next dinner.  Barbara and I each picked one from a bowl, which, judging by this picture, made me euphoric…

Stay tuned for the next Drunken Doughnut event!

And now, me and Barbara being promotionally drunk, with Henry in the background…

Finally, a BIG THANK YOU to Tatiana, Drew, and Allie for taking photos, and ESPECIALLY THANK YOU to everyone who joined in on the fun!  Better watch out for next time…


3 Responses to “Oh Hell Yes.”

  1. Allie Q Says:

    Cruel flash, good food.

  2. […] event invite read: The Drunken Doughnut’s official debut dinner! A drunken feast to make your wildest dreams come true! Join us now before we become so famous you […]

  3. […] I mean, there was definitely some good stuff.  We had some fun, though fleeting get-togethers. […]

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