Wednesday, March 28, 2012

spring celebration dinner

Monday evening, my friend Carol brought me to help greet the guests of the American Vegan Society's four-course Spring Celebration Dinner prepared and served by the students of the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, NJ.

~First Course~
Tomato Tartare
Green Mango Relish, Macadamia Milk

~Second Course~
Pineapple-Cucumber Gazpacho
Jalapeno, Green Onion, Cilantro

~Third Course~
Arugula Salad
Shaved Pear, Spiced Pumpkin Seeds, Meyer Lemon Dressing

~Fourth Course~
Eggplant Torte
Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille, Flagolet-Sage Sauce

Chocolate Ganache Cake
Caramel Rum Sauce, Coconut Sorbet

Everything was fantastic! We were all impressed with each course, though some couldn't handle the spiciness of the gazpacho (which I enjoyed but paid for later!)

The next vegan dinner hosted by the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College will be held in the fall. Visit the American Vegan Society website to receive their newsletter and stay updated on upcoming events.


  1. that gazpacho sounds, one helluva soup...i know what we're recreating now, i have a pineapple sitting on the floor :)

    1. it much that i didn't care my mouth was being singed. the pineapple somehow cooled it off a bit.=)

  2. All of it looks (and sounds) amazing! What a fun night! Props to the new chefs!

    1. thanks heidi! yes, they really did an amazing job. i almost gave them a standing-o. i should have!=)

  3. So cool! Everything looks great!

    1. thanks lauren! i sat next to a really nice woman who is an assistant to christina pirello - she gets to help christina in the back kitchen while she's taping her shows!

  4. wow, so yummy looking!

  5. Oh wow that is all so pretty, I love people who can make food into art or can turn habit into pleasure. I bet you really enjoyed it!

  6. Everything looks amazing! I love the idea of a caramel rum sauce, it sounds delicious!

  7. wow I'm impressed!! Everything looks so wonderful and I especially love how the tomato tartare is shaped!

  8. lucky you,. another yummy meal


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