As a Christmas present, I found tickets to a Microsoft/FareStart Fundraiser dinner featuring one of our favorites, Chef Thierry Rautureau. What better way to enjoy a great meal while supporting an amazing program. FareStart is a a culinary program that helps people find their second chance.
Tonight was the night! We arrived in time for the champagne, of course.
Smoked Trout with celery root, gribiche sauce and capers Crispy and delicious!
Guinea fowl consommé, mushroom, root vegetable Warm and comforting.
Wagyu beef, salt spiced rub, potato-parsnip gratin, pickled apple and carrot, Harissa/sage sauce I could have used another serving of the potato-parsnip gratin
Chocolate gateau, hazelnut, meringue Pure chocolate heaven, of course
After the service, the fun began. Chef Thierry introduced the student chefs that assisted in the preparations and talked about the FareStart program. Then he talked about food. And more food. And more of his favorite foods. He also opened the floor to questions. We learned the best places in Seattle for croissants. And advice on making charcuterie. And laughed at suggestions for what not to feed your kids. Or how not to use your new food processor.
And we went home with a few bottles of wine from the silent auction. It was also fun to thumb through the Microsoft Cookbooks (two volumes of recipes from MSFT employees around the world). What a delicious, fabulous night.