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Menu for Romance: Vote for the Menu!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

I’m about to write the scene when the board for the charity Meredith and Major are planning a black-tie benefit for are coming in for a tasting to choose the final menu for the dinner. Since I like all the dishes on the menu, I thought my dear readers could help in choosing the final menu for the Hearts to H.E.A.R.T.S. benefit (raising money for the cardiac unit at Bonneterre’s University Hospital). And believe it or not, I actually found heart-healthy versions of all of these recipes!

The point of the tasting is to narrow the menu down to the choices that will be presented to the guests at the banquet. So if you were attending a black-tie, $500/plate benefit (dinner, dancing, silent auction), what would you want to see on the menu? (Click on the menu to enlarge)

  1. Sunday, April 6, 2008 2:30 pm

    OK, I’m about to reveal how uncouth I am: I don’t recognize most of the dishes on the menu! Apparently I need to get out more 🙂 I will say that I’m partial to filet mignon–and not just because I know what it is.


  2. Sunday, April 6, 2008 5:54 pm

    I’m making my choices based on the John Folse dinner Kent House hosted last in Nov ’06. We charged $65 a plate.

    Meats: The duck and the filet mignon topped with crawfish. Two very Louisiana meats and the filet mignon is making me wish this event was real!

    Poultry: The last one with the pecan crust, even though I have no idea what it is.

    Seafood: Oysters or the shrimp. I’d be partial to the shrimp myself since I could live on Gulf shrimp.

    Vegetarian: The zucchini.

    Vegetables: Sweet potatoes and broccoli. Not a very heart healthy thing to have two starches being served side-by-side.

    Salad: Spinach and Snow Pea.

    Chocolate: Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding.

    Non-Chocolate: Poached pears. Louisiana grown pears are wonderful!

    Fruit: The peaches. Ruston peaches are the BEST!!!


  3. Sunday, April 6, 2008 6:07 pm

    Makes my dinner look pathetic…

    Red Meat: The pork and the duck

    Poultry: Capons

    Seafood: You know me, go back to the first list and eat some Filet Mignon.

    Vegetarian: Zucchini

    Sides: Sweet Potatoes and Wild Rice

    Salad: Cucumber and Spinich

    Chocolate: The Praline Pie

    Non-chocolate: Kiwi Mango Tart

    Fruit: Berry Salad


  4. Sunday, April 6, 2008 6:56 pm

    LOL–I should probably have explained better . . . the guests will get a menu with two red meat dishes, one chicken dish, one seafood dish, and one vegetarian dish listed on it. They then choose the ONE main course they wish to have.

    The Pick 1/Pick 2 is just for the menu tasting so that the board members can narrow it down for the event menu. The guests aren’t getting two red meats, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian!

    Same with desserts.

    So, a guest’s meal would actually be four dishes:
    Spinach salad
    Mashed Sweet Potatoes
    Rice Pudding

    Mercy! I’m hungry now.


  5. Judy permalink
    Sunday, April 6, 2008 8:13 pm

    Main dishes: Lamb, Filet Mignon, Capons, Oysters (this is in a cold month, not summer, right?), Zucchini

    Sides Roasted Veges, Lentils

    Salads: Chicory Salad, Cucumber Salad

    Dessert: Chocolate-Praline Pie, Plum Tart, Peaches

    Sounds YUM!


  6. Sunday, April 6, 2008 9:15 pm

    I adore rice pudding–I sprinkle mine with brown sugar. Now I’m hungry too! Where do you get this great menu ideas?


  7. Sunday, April 6, 2008 10:02 pm

    Hon’ this is what I do! I think about food all the time. LOL. Actually between all the cooking shows I watch and the duty of choosing recipes for Ideals Magazine and the three or four seasonal anthology books we do for Guideposts every year, I’m constantly putting together menus in my head. Why do you think I’m writing a chef character???


  8. Monday, April 7, 2008 6:42 am

    Okay, I’m going to vote for the following on the menu:

    Pork Chops
    Chicken w/ Ricotta and Goat Cheese
    Red Snapper
    Fetuccine w/ Red Pepper-Feta Sauce

    Jewel Roasted Vegetables
    Herbed Lentils

    Cucumber Salad
    Spinach Salad

    Chocolate Praline Pie
    Pear Ginger Crumble
    Grilled Tropical Fruit

    YUM! I’m hungry now…


  9. Becky permalink
    Monday, April 7, 2008 8:44 am

    Mignon and Duck
    Chicken with Goat Cheese

    Roasted Veggies
    Beet Salad
    Spinach Salad

    Plum Tart
    Grilled Tropical Fruit

    Got recipes?


  10. Monday, April 7, 2008 8:47 am

    I think I kept the links to the recipes for most of them, the others would be really easy to find! 🙂


  11. Wednesday, April 9, 2008 6:44 am

    Filet mignon, broccoli, sweet potato, spinach salad & chai-spiced flan



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