Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bon Appetit Dinner Club: Modern Greek

This past weekend was perfectly capped by a visit to West Akron on an absolutely beautiful Sunday evening to attend Dinner Club at our friend's lovely home. This was the very first time we had participated in their dinner club (or any dinner club for that matter) and were very pleased to be included as well as discover that the recipes were from Bon Appetit's Modern Greek Menu.

Dinner Club has a simple concept - there are 5 couples and each is assigned a recipe/dish to create and bring on any designated date. Everyone then gathers, rejoices (or commiserates) on the execution of each dish. Regardless, everyone involved has the good fortune to enjoy each other's company and a memorable meal together.

On this particular occasion - the weather was perfect, the mood was light, and the food was exceptional. The gathering really helped ease us into a nice transition to start the work week.

Note: Our contribution was Roasted Garbanzo Beans and Garlic with Swiss Chard. Everyone did a superb job making their dishes, as you can get a "taste" from the pictures below.

The Dried Fig Soulvaki was just amazing. The
Smoked Salmon Tarama w/ Pita Chips was refreshing, crisp and soo very tasty. Ohh, and we loved the Greek themed napkins!
Mike and Dave seeing if anyone wants to sample the Haloumi & Sundried Tomato Crostini, having no problem whatsoever -- such a hit.
One of our plates before diving in. . .
Everyone chowing down :)

Very special thanks to Dave and Rebecca for hosting such a wonderful dinner party. It goes without saying that we are most definitely looking forward to the next Dinner Club date*


alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

how awesome!

my mom and her friends always talk about when they did a "gourmet club" - i wanna start one.

Heidi Robb said...

Every dish looks amazing - excellent menu for a summer party. OPA!

Allison M. said...

I absolutely love roasted garbanzo beans. One of the best snacks I ever learned from Mark Bittman.

Kelly and José said...

Alexa - If you would like to start a "gourmet club" we are DOWN.

Heidi - Thank you! OPA right back atcha ;)

Allison - Happy to hear we share a love for roasted garbanzo beans, so easy and delish.