The Sixth Annual Duck Dinner
Remember those awesome friends that had me over for pumpkin carving and apple crisp? Well this time, they have outdone themselves!
Last Saturday marked the sixth anniversary of their Annual Duck Dinner – a core group of friends’ cherished tradition that I was warmly invited to be a part of. Three weeks prior, I received an e-mail with instructions to bring wine, dress formally and be prepared to eat: duck confit (duck that has been soaking in its fat for a month).
And so I did! (Well, I’m going to be honest, I forgot to bring wine and I’m still kicking myself.)
Upon arrival, I was greeted by gorgeous candlelit tables (pictured above), plates of appetizers making their way out to the tables, and a whole lot of hustle bustle in the kitchen.
I was already impressed – this was probably the best dinner party I had ever been to and I hadn’t even tasted the food yet!
I told our hosts to open up a restaurant.
Not only was the operation a complete success, but the food was outstanding. Let me say that one more time: the food was OUTSTANDING.
The homemade pepper sauce complemented the sweetness of the crab cakes perfectly. The bruschetta was made with REAL parmesan cheese and a mix of fresh tomatoes on perfectly toasted ciabatta. And the duck – oh the duck – was unbelievably moist. It was so flavorful and perfect on its own but when paired with the balsamic vinegar and tart cherry chutney, your mouth was just about in heaven. And then, THEN you had dessert. Our chef for the evening (and organizer of the event) explained regrettably the dessert was not actually a classic French Napoleon. It was made with white chocolate mousse instead of a vanilla or chocolate cream. But topped with a raspberry and chocolate sauce for presentation, the guests were raving with “oohs” and “aahs.”
In fact, they were raving the whole time. I know I was because everything went together so well. I sure hope I’m invited back for Duck Dinner #7! Thanks again for having me this year! :)