|One year, we made a fountain |
using all natural resources
we harvested from the woods.
Held the third Monday of October, Culinary Carousel typically falls during or after an exceptionally busy time for us and it doesn't leave a whole lot of energy left for creativity. The problem with this is: I have used the CC to roll out our newest, most original, or at times, most outrageous offerings. It's part of the fun; thrilling the crowd. Just like a good Carnie would.
Our donation has evolved from the first year when I stayed in the kitchen, away from the guests, shuffling hors, while my staff butlered them. I had no presence there that year, I simply didn't get it. But the food was still good. Another year, the staff and I bussed the food, but I offered Rice Noodle wrapped shrimp and Thai Meatballs with a Lemon Grass Sauce in a pipette that guests had to squeeze into their mouths. Wild, fun, original at the time.
|Asian Take-out Boxes, |
Misting Buddha Fountain (and growing boy).
Another year, I offered Carnival Food for Adults: Homemade Soft Pretzels with Mustard Brie and Baby Cones filled with Avocado Mousse and Smoked Salmon Mousse that looked like ice cream cones. Also on that table, shrimp corn dogs dipped in onion marmelade.
|2012 Polenta, fresh mozzarella |
and Tomato Vodka Sauce
But in the end, after each Culinary Carousel, we walk away so happy. We came, we cooked, we conquered and all in the name of ending domestic violence. No matter how stressful it was getting there. I used to think the joy came from the food and the event. This year I realized how wrong I was. It has very little to do with the food and the event. The Culinary Carousel is so important because it symbolizes My Life in a Box.
|Table decorations and design help |
courtesy of Donaldson's Nursery and Greenhouse.
|The best moment of the evening. |
My son took an impromptu photo of
Make no mistake. Business is business. But this, this is personal.