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Monday, April 12, 2010

Monet's Table and 15 of 52

Last night I attended a really fun fundraiser for our church's preschool.  Friends who own Bistro 310 planned a special event to raise funds for the preschool scholarship program.

The dinner was based on Claude Monet's cooking journals.  He was a master chef and entertainer for his good friends Cezanne, Degas, and others.  Imagine lunch with these guys!  Their meals together were at 11:30 so they could spend the afternoon painting in the best sunlight.

The tables set up for the dinner last night.

Beautiful marble slab with appetizers and cocktails.

Pretty spring centerpieces.

Lovely music while we mingled.

Nicole was my date.  We had a great time together.

Chef Jeff kicked off the evening by demonstrating proper technique for a beurre sauce.

Our recipe cards let us know what we were in store for (see full menu below).

The preschool has a youth violin program.  3 former and current students performed for us.  They were incredible.

Robin and me.  Robin planned the program and it was a huge success!

First Presbyterian's preschool program means a lot to our family.  Brennan was invited to the program as a 4 year old with special needs.  Up until that point preschool had not been very successful.  But I had my first glimpse that our youngest may be able to attend a mainstream school one day and thrive.  Without the 4 year olds class at FPC, Brennan would not have had a successful Kindergarten year.  We owe a lot to the preschool.  FPC is now our church home and I am very happy to support the preschool - even if an amazing meal isn't involved!

Monet's Table Menu
Leek and Potato Soup
Pike in White Butter Sauce (beurre sauce)
Mussels with Fresh Herbs
Charlotte Lyses's Stuffed White Onions
Broiled Steak with Mustard and Bernaise
Potato Pie
Glazed Carrots
Green Cake
Apple Doughnuts
Banana Ice Cream

52 Weeks is a year long challenge for YOU to be in a picture once a week for 52 weeks. We are always the ones behind the camera, this is YOUR chance to get out in front and be in the pictures with your family. Your family will really enjoy having you in the picture. Now go take a picture!


Ms. Diva said...

What a great idea for a fundraiser! Looks like it was a great success!!!

Carin said...

Oh wow that looks like it was quite the evening, too much fun! Great pictures!

Marice said...

wow! that was a truly a nice event! you and your date look really lovely :)

u may view mine here

jenjen said...

It looks like a wonderful time Bonnie! I love that 52 challenge - what a good idea!