Archive for November, 2010

January Culinary Dinner

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Greetings, MSSF Culinary Group Enthusiasts!

January 3, 2011, DINNER NOTICE – A Traditional Italian Winter Dinner

We meet, as usual, at 7 pm in the San Francisco County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 9th and Lincoln, SF.

As usual, reservations are required and must be made no later than Thursday, Dec. 30 by 5 pm (so we can order meat before the New Year’s weekend). A vegetarian choice will be available but you must indicate that you wish to have vegetarian fare. To make your reservation, go to:
Projects/Committees, “* JANUARY 3, 2011 Culinary Dinner” is first in the list, just below the description, click Sign-up…
alternatively, you can phone Pat George at (510) 204-9130 to make your reservation, or for any questions you have about the Culinary Group or the dinner.

We limit our number of diners to 60, including cooks.
Culinary Group dinners are open to MSSF members in good standing and their guests.

The dinner price will be $16, $15 for seniors and students.
A New Menu for the New Year

Appetizers Everyone
Salad Sandy Waks
Punch Norm Andresen
A Ragu of Wild Boar served with a layer of cheese on a bed
of polenta
Norm Andresen, Lisa Bacon and Lisa Gorman
A Vegetarian Ragu on a layer of cheese on a bed
of polenta
Norm Andresen, Lisa Bacon and Lisa Gorman
Panna cotta Honoria Sarmento, Monique Carment
Coffee Remo Arancio

Remember to bring your own tableware as the venue does not provide dishes, utensils, etc., nor beverages. Also bring an appetizer to share. We encourage you to carpool. A listing of our membership by city can be found in the MSSF member roster.

Oh, yes, and we do need you to help clean up and put away chairs after the dinner.

We will resume our grand raffle with Curt Haney at the spinning cage. Bring something interesting to raffle, preferably mushroom themed, your artisan products, etc. and you will receive 5 free tickets.

This is our first dinner for 2011, our next dinner which will be February 7, 2011.

For the February 7th dinner, we are expecting to have a Cajun style Mardi Gras menu prepared by a local chef, Edwin Caba. He’s cooked for us before and everyone asked to have him do it again. The cost will be a bit higher. Details to come.

See you in the New Year,
Pat & Stephanie

Holiday Dinner!

Monday, November 8th, 2010

An evening of culinary delight.

Saturday, December 11, 7 PM at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Avenue, Albany

For more information, email Stephanie Wright, or contact her by phone, 510-654-6279

Round tables seating 7-8 people will be will be pre-set with linens, china, silverware and glasses.
(You do not need to bring your own this year!)

Appetizers are brought by members, who get a raffle ticket in return. Contribution of appropriate raffle items (as determined by Curt Haney), also earns a raffle ticket. Tickets cannot be purchased – they are only available by contribution.


  • Mixed Greens with Pears and Persimmons, Toasted Almonds and Pomegranate Vinaigrette. Point Reyes Blue Cheese (optional)
  • Wild and Domestic Mushroom Soup with Melted Leeks
  • Your choice of entrĂ©es:
    1. Roast Filet of Beef with Seasonal Wild Mushrooms in a Cognac Demi Glace
    2. Seared Wild Alaska Salmon with Abalone and Oyster Mushrooms, White Wine, Lemon, and Tarragon
    3. Portabella Mushroom Stuffed with Chanterelles and Quinoa topped with a Wild Mushroom Ragout. Goat Cheese Garnish (optional)
  • Side Dishes
    • Smashed Yukon Gold Potatoes with Sunchokes
    • Garlic Tossed Wilted Greens
    • Roast Baby Carrots and Parsnips scented with Black Truffle Oil
  • Desserts: Assorted Selection

We will have water, punch and coffee available. Bring other beverages of choice.
Note: All side dishes are vegan and gluten free. Some dessert choices will also be vegan and/or gluten free.

The Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Avenue Map, is very easy to get to, and there is ample parking. Use the Buchanan Street exit off 880 or 580, keep to the right, it turns into Marin Ave. (There is a parking lot behind the building, and street parking along the BART tracks immediately adjacent. The venue asks that people not park in the residential neighborhood). We encourage car-pooling as always.

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