I swear that one of these days I’ll get back into the habit of writing regularly. For now, let’s play a little game called “It’s Two Weeks Ago”.
So, two weeks ago…
Alright, you see where this is going, now on with the show.
Two weeks ago I had the special pleasure of attending a special olive oil dinner at Cafe Levain. The point of the dinner was to highlight California Olive Ranch brand olive oils and to enlighten our little group on the luscious joys of the golden green elixir.
Our "Little" Group
The evening started off with a round of nicely chilled white wine and hors d’œuvres.
The Hors d'œuvres
After the hors d’œuvres we were seated. Before dinner we were to participate in a little olive oil tasting. This was meant to help us understand the complexities of something that so many often take for granted. The olive oil was swilled, aerated and sucked down the throats of every single person in attendence. It was glorious. Needless to say, the silliness going on in the room was nothing shy of overwhelming.
The Guest of Honor
The Teacher and His Lesson
Once the tasting was complete, we began our journey through our four course roller coaster of awesome. The dinner itself began with an amuse-bouche, which in my opinion, was the absolute highlight of the meal! A beautifully smooth and incredibly flavorful chilled peashoot soup. It makes me all tingly just thinking about it!
This Soup is Better Than All of Us.
The salad course came with a nice mix of local greens, a buttermilk-tarragon vinaigrette, some nice chevre and candied nuts.
The Salad Course
Our fish course was a really nice fillet of salmon served with olive oil poached laughing bird shrimp. This was served atop a nice pile of white beans and English shell peas.
The Fish of the Evening
The Dinner Talk; by Adam Vickerman
The meat of the evening was a fantastic hunk of hanger steak. Served simply with some confit fingerling potatoes and local mushrooms, this steak would have been the bread winner of the evening had it not been for the magical bowl of soup served earlier on.
Of course by the time dessert rolled around I was in near food coma yet somehow managed to inhale the entire plate before realizing that I should’ve photographed it first. Whoops…
Maybe next time I should skip the “optional” wine pairing.
But probably not…
In summation, the night was a ton of fun. The food was excellent and was only outdone by the luxury of fantastic company. Thank you so much Adam Vickerman of Cafe Levain, the fine folks at the California Olive Ranch, and Will Hsu for putting this whole shindig together. There’s nothing like an event where you get to eat great food while you learn a little. Cheers!
Here’s a picture of Dania Miwa and Justin Emil trying to dress like one another…
Twins (Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito style!)
Buy California Olive Ranch Olive Oil. It’s good.
(and no, they didn’t pay me to say that.)