Exquisite Fare, Recession Style

2017 Update: This is the letter that kicked off a succession of annual dinner parties.

Hi,

Many of you have heard me talk about this crazy dinner party idea, where we get a fabulous chef (or chefs) to come cook an exquisite dinner for a group of us. And all we have to do is bring some minimal dough (moola) to cover the cost of the goods. And some alcohol for extra enjoyment.

The biggest block I’ve encountered thus far is finding a place that can comfortably hold a sizable group and give the chef(s) ample space for preparation. But now I’ve found one! My uncle’s condo on the SW waterfront, complete with a balcony and wide open spaces (yes, to quote the Dixie Chicks).

As I’m leaving town early June, the main dates I’d like to offer up are all Saturday evenings: May 23, 30 and June 6. (I know many may be leaving this weekend for the holiday, but many may not be, though it may be too close to coordinate.) Depending on the number we may even get 2 folks interested in an Iron Chef-style cook-off … it’s been a long time dream. [Space will be limited to 17, so if on the off chance we get too many, slots

Would you be interested in joining, for maybe up to $20/plate? (Wouldn’t be more than that.) Please let me know if you’d be interested, how much you’d be willing to fork over and what Saturday’s you’d most likely be able to make and then I’ll coordinate with some foodies and send more deets. The list of y’all may seem long, but I know how challenging it can be to coordinate with such busy folks. I’m hoping that this will be something we can eventually do once a month (or so) so if you can’t make the first one, we’d love to have more.

And if you don’t want to be bothered by me for invites to such events, just let me know and I’ll take you off my list =)

Cheers,

~jewel