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#1 tammylc

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 12:25 PM

T-Minus 3.5 hours until our first Gathering event begins, so I figure I'd start a thread for us to post reports, pictures, and whatever else to!

I'm leaving work now to go meet up with Alex. Malawry should be cruising in in a couple hours. See the rest of you at dinner!

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#2 Kerry Beal

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 02:01 PM

Rona and I drove down from southern Ontario today. We stopped at the duty free to pick up a couple of bottles and so Rona could try on this classic Canadian hat.

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We stopped for lunch in Franklin, Michigan at LazyBones BBQ - got takeout - and drove over to the Dragonmead microbrewery - hauled out our BBQ and got a couple of rootbeers. Delightful - she asked us if we wanted plates and cutlery! And brought us pretzels and mustard to go with our rootbeer.

At LazyBones - we saw this bottle of unsweetened sweet tea - wouldn't that be an oxymoron?

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#3 Marmish

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 02:50 PM

Hi everyone! Sorry I can't be there. I will be watching to see what I'm missing. Rona, you look great!

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 03:19 PM

We stopped for lunch in Franklin, Michigan at LazyBones BBQ - got takeout - and drove over to the Dragonmead microbrewery - hauled out our BBQ and got a couple of rootbeers. Delightful - she asked us if we wanted plates and cutlery! And brought us pretzels and mustard to go with our rootbeer.


Glad you liked it. Just FYI to anyone else who might be interested: Lazybones is actually located in *Roseville*, MI, not Franklin, as stated. There's a second sit-down location in Clinton Township, as well, but the Roseville location is basically carry-out only, and is about half-a-mile or so from Dragonmead, which is also fantastic, and greatly encourages outside food.

See you Saturday at the Feast!

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 06:29 PM

Rona, LOVE the hat!! :laugh:

Sorry I am missing the awesomeness that would be szechuan cuisine tonight, but I am really amped up about dinner at Grange tomorrow night.
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#6 tammylc

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 06:42 PM

Szechuan banquet was amazing! So much food, all of it delicious.

After that we stopped into Morgan and York, a great wine and gourmet food shop located right next door.

Now we're at Pacific Rim, where I'm drinking a Japanese Mojito - ginger infused rum, muddled mint and shiso, and yuzu-lime juice. So delicious!

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#7 Alex

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 11:49 AM

Agreed about the banquet--amazing, almost overwhelming (but we managed somehow).

This morning we had an interesting and informative tour of Zingerman's Coffee Company, then enjoyed a leisurely sampling of the wares at the nearby Bakehouse and Creamery. It's such a beautiful day here in Ann Arbor that we (well, at least me) could have hung out there at the picnic benches for hours. But onward we must, so the larger portion of the group headed out for the Dearborn/Detroit food tour, while SamIAm, his wife Joyce, and I browsed Kerrytown Market (boned leg of lamb! lobster rolls!) and Zingerman's Deli (where I tasted but didn't buy a $59.95 bottle of 120-year Sherry vinegar).

I suspect that pictures will be posted before too long.

Edited by Alex, 06 August 2010 - 11:51 AM.

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#8 chris a2

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 12:10 PM

The Sichuan banquet last night was simply amazing. Thanks so much to Tammy, and to Lisa and Joe, for setting it up. My mouth was still a little numb this morning from the Sichuan peppercorns. I'd love to get a scan of the menu with the dishes that we had.

I was delighted to have met so many of you over the last couple days--what a fantastic group of passionate foodies. I hope the Grange dinner and the big dinner on Saturday are wonderful. I wish I could be there.

#9 tammylc

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 06:02 AM

Foodie Field trip report

9 of us headed out in 2 cars to Dearborn to explore some of the area's Middle Eastern specialities.

We started with a fantastic lunch at Al-Ameer. Again, more food than we could possibly eat. (I told them we only wanted family platter #1, not #2, grrr...) Then a visit to Super Greenland Market, where we found a wide assortment of middle-eastern and regular grocery items. Including the oddly named Spanish Cheese (we got the one that claimed to be "real spanish cheese), which we have no idea what we're doing with yet. But there was an entire refrigerator case filled with it at the market, so it must be popular in Middle Eastern cooking. Anyone have any ideas?

After that it was two bakeries - New Yasmeen and Shatila. Shatila was our favorite (and everyone else's too, I think), and malawry and prasantrin waited on line for quite a while to get their mixed trays of baklava and other pastries, one tray of which will be put for our dessert at today's feast. Others of us got some of their fantastic ice cream to try (the pistachio was delicious, although not quite as good at Jeni's in Columbus, OH). And we wanted them juicing sugar canes - that was cool.

Then we piled in the cars again to hit the restaurant supply shop, were several of us picked up things we just couldn't live without. :)

Edsel, Malawry and I swung past the airport to pick up Fat Guy, and arrived home just in time to get ready to (ugh)... go eat more food!

Edsel got pictures of all of this, I'm sure he'll post them when he gets time.

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 08:15 AM

Spanish cheese - it's used widely here in Detroit in Middle Eastern applications, mainly as pieces/slices on a salad, or in a pita sandwich (a salad sandwich is yummy!). It's slightly salty and mild. Think halloumi without the mint.
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Posted 07 August 2010 - 01:53 PM

Breads are out of the oven, sliced, and being served with the awesome charcuterie that Chris Hennes brought with him. The French bread came out very well; I'm pleased. Oh, man, and that homemade pepperoni is fantastic. Right now we're sort of in a pre-dinner, mise en place kind of place and I'm confident that the meal to come will be both bountiful and delicious. I believe there is a homemade pasta course, a lamb course, a walleye en papillote course, a cheese course and a dessert course. And I'm sure I'm missing a few courses as well.

More pictures to come soon.
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Posted 07 August 2010 - 02:08 PM

Here are some early photos...

Baklawa ready for the oven, from Chef Crash and his wife
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Tammy's mandolined beets, ready for blanching, then the dehydrator
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A collection of batards and foccacia, from our master bread baker Tino27 (Tom)
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Fat Guy peeling a "dragon carrot"
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Joyce (Mrs. Sam Iam) stripping some rosemary
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Joyce's handiwork
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Chocolate truffles from Kerry Beal. The famous Thermomix is in the background.
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Tom checking his phone to see if there are any posts about his bread.
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One of many trips to the compost pile
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Posted 07 August 2010 - 02:31 PM

Joe here; it was great seeing all of you at the Szechuan banquet Thursday night!

Lisa put her photos from it up here:



I haven't had a chance to scan the handwritten menu yet (the one with Chinese as well as English), but here are the dishes I think we got:

Cold dishes:
* Sichuan-style spicy beef stew (not actually a stew)
* Pork stomach in spicy sauce
* Spicy firm tofu
* Steamed chicken in spicy Sichuan sauce
* Spicy cucumber salad

Hot dishes:
* Spicy crabs
* Stir-fried jumbo shrimp in spicy sauce
* Scallops in spicy Sichuan sauce
* Sliced fish in boiled Sichuan-style sauce
* Xin Jiang-style chicken
* Cumin lamb
* Beef with pepper in black sauce
* Pork in ginger and garlic sauce
* Ma po tofu
* Stir-fried string beans
* Pork with pickled chilis

We'll never know what the noodle dish was going to be, because we told them we really couldn't eat it... ;-)

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 02:43 PM

More photos...

Lamb I am from Sam Iam
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Lettuce and tomatoes, eGullet style
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Cocktail hour begins...
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Tammy doing her mixology thing (and very well, I might add)
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Chris Hennes, enjoying one of Tammy's creations
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Kerry Beal, being a dedicated physician, knows the value of balancing one's alcohol intake with green leafy vegetables.
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Gene Weingarten, writing in The Washington Post about online news stories and their readers' comments: "I basically like 'comments,' though they can seem a little jarring: spit-flecked rants that are appended to a product that at least tries for a measure of objectivity and dignity. It's as though when you order a sirloin steak, it comes with a side of maggots."

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#15 tammylc

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 09:03 PM

The feast is done, the kitchen is clean, and everyone has gone back to their hotels and houses. Everything was delicious, and for once we didn't have twice as much food as we needed - only about 1.5 times, maybe...

Here's the menu, hopefully others will get pics up soon.

Chilled poached shrimp with basil oil and corn/tomato salsa (Alex)

Beets with fennel, blueberries, and a bit of "real Spanish cheese" (tammylc)

Potato-kale shooter with chorizo cream (Kerry Beal)

Hake en papilotte with oyster mushrooms, dragon carrots, shallots and zucchini (Edsel, tino27, torakris)

Duo of rabbit - leg confit and pasta with mustard cream sauce, and saddle cutlet with pickled zucchini and onion and a honey glaze (malawry)

Grilled leg of lamb with fattoush salad (SamIAm & Joyce, Chef Crash)

For dessert we had the usual groaning board buffet, featuring raspberries topped with lemon chiboust (Kerry Beal) and a cigarette cookie (malawry), freshly made baklava and semolina-cheese pastry (Chef Crash), chocolate truffles and bark (Kerry Beal), chocolate cupcakes (boagman's +1, Donna), and a bit of Achatz pie company four berry pie (Alex).

I probably forgot something or someone, but there was a lot of wine, and I'm tired! Apologies if i left anyone on the cooking crew out! I only listed the person "in charge" up above, but tons of people pitched in to help prep and cook and plate and serve, so it was definitely a team effort, and thanks to everyone.

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#16 Fat Guy

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 09:26 PM

I thought it was a superb meal. I'd have been proud to bring any chef in the world into that room. I think anyone, no matter how jaded, would have been blown away not only by the quality of the finished product but also by the teamwork, the collaboration in devising dishes at the market, the seamless interplay of six teams of cooks in a kitchen with finite space and resources, and Tammy's organizational talent, not to mention all the off-menu stuff like Chris Hennes's charcuterie, Tino27's breads, Tammy's cocktail hour, and White Lotus and Dance's tea service.

I also have to say I was really moved watching Mr. and Mrs. Chef Crash work together in the kitchen producing baklava, fattoush, and that semolina thing, in a carefully choreographed culinary dance like nothing I've ever seen before. Talk about two hearts beating as one.

The only major disappointment of the evening was Torakris's refusal to make tempura.

Someone will need to start a topic for planning next year's event, which by the way will coincide with the 10th anniversary of the eGullet community.
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#17 Fat Guy

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 09:31 PM

Tino27 and his bread extravaganza (the only photo I've taken this weekend):

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#18 KatieLoeb

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 09:51 PM

So. Completely. Jealous. Wish I could be there with all of you. I'm living vicariously through the posts and photos. Nicely stocked bar, I might add! Must plan ahead to make it next year. This is way too much fun to be missing out on.

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#19 tammylc

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 05:34 AM

I swore I wasn't going to eat until the brunch today, but then I saw one of Donna's cupcakes in my kitchen, and I couldn't help but pour myself a glass of milk to go with.

Speaking of the bar setup (thanks, Katie!), here's an approximate list of what I mixed up during cocktail hour:

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1 Aviation
2 Aviatrix
1 Mademoiselle
1 Juliet and Romeo
1 Basil Gimlet
1 Shiso Gimlet
1 Vesper
1 Kachumber Kooler
1 Clover Club
1 Songbird

Rye
1 Scofflaw
1 Daywalker
1 Trinidad Sour

Rum
3 Mai Tai
2 Mojito (one virgin)

Brandy
2 Jack Rose
1 Apple Cart

Tequila
1 Tomato Kiss
1 Maximilian Affair


I think that's about it. It was a very gin-y night, but that seems appropriate for high summer...

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#20 Fat Guy

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 01:51 PM

As the flock returns to the diaspora, we should start seeing more photos and reports. In the meantime, a quick mention of our final event: the bacon brunch at Zingerman's Roadhouse.

We started the brunch with the pleasure and honor of a bacon tasting led by Ari Weinzweig, founder of Zingerman's. Ari is one of the most influential figures in American gourmet food. He has written a whole book on bacon. We tasted Edwards, Benton's, Neuske's and an Arkansas pepper bacon. Ari's basic contention is that bacon is the American analog to olive oil in Italy: present in most regions and cuisines, high and low, in amazing variety that only the locals really understand and appreciate. Tasting these four excellent bacons side-by-side really underscored that bacon is a many-splendored product. The Benton's bacon was both my favorite and the most controvesial: it has such a strong, smoky flavor that it's challenging to eat straight, and would totally overwhelm a lot of things (e.g., fish) as an ingredient, but the flavors are immense. Ari likened it to a big Barolo or many-year-aged cheddar, which I thought was astute. I can see why Neuske's is so popular in the gourmet-food world: it's delicious but also very accessible. The Arkansas pepper bacon was also great. The Edwards was the least interesting to me, but still quite a lot better than standard supermarket junk.

Here's Ari running the tasting:

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This is the menu:

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After we tasted bacon we had eggs with bacon, waffles with bacon, biscuits with chocolate-bacon gravy, and a surprise dessert bonus of bacon gelato.

Chris and Karen Hennes and I had a little time before our flights, and we had missed Friday's field trip to Dearborn, so we hit a couple of Dearborn spots after brunch: the Super Greenland Market and the Shatila Bakery. Both pretty impressive. The Korean Americans have H-Mart and the Indian Americans have Patel Brothers, but they've got nothing on the Arab American superstores in Dearborn.

Now I'm sitting in the Detroit airport thinking about next year. I'm looking forward to another one. Thanks everyone for coming from near and far and especially to Tammy for her leadership.

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#21 tino27

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 06:37 PM

Well, here were my two contributions to the dinner on Saturday night (well, besides helping out Edsel with the Hake en Papillote).

First up was some traditional French batards and mini baguettes that I cut across the bias:

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And second was some focaccia (which I did last year), but topped it this year with some slow caramelized onions (thanks to the help from Alex) laced with reduced balsamic vinegar and finished off with some fresh thyme (thanks to the help from Prasantrin):

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Dinner on Saturday was absolutely fantastic and while I left definitely feeling full, I wasn't on complete overload. While I much appreciated the comments I received during the day for the breads, the best compliment of all was when I returned to the cutting board at the end of the meal to start divvying up the leftovers and everything was simply ... GONE!

Thanks again to tammylc for arranging and pulling off another great Heartland Gathering weekend. It was exactly what I was hoping it would be.
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#22 Sam Iam

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 07:40 PM

Every, everybody did a great job on pulling this weekend together. BTW, A very special thank you to Malawry for the rabbit confit and homemade noodles. Highlight of the Saturday feast, IMHO.

Superb weekend, one and all! See you in Cleveland, 2011, I hope.
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 04:59 AM

I'm just on my way to YYZ now (free wifi on the airport express!), but I wanted to add my thanks to Tammy for arranging the gathering. I enjoyed everything I participated in, and I especially enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of all the events. Ann Arbor rocks!

tino's bread was awesome. Damn that Kristin for being greedy and taking all the bread home. :angry: :laugh: (What? I don't know what you're talking about! :unsure: )

Special thanks to those (you know who you are :wink: ) who brought back some of the camaraderie and warmth (and human relationships) that was once pervasive. It was one of the greatest characteristics of eG, and I hope with more gatherings like this one, that aspect returns once more to the boards, too. Y'all made the trip doubly worthwhile!

(And Malawry and Tammy, you missed a great coffee jelly eating imitation--even better than sliding off the massage table!)

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 06:24 AM

It all sounds fantastic. I'm very eager to hear details, especially about the grilled lamb and other parts of the big meal. It'll take the sting off of missing the event (again)....
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#25 Kerry Beal

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 05:38 PM

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Breakfast menu and the kitchen where breakfast is prepared.

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Our trip to Dearborn - would you buy beef from this vendor?


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The sugar cane juicer at Shakila.


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The Charcuterie plate at Grange. My favorite was the terrine.


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The salted walleye brandade fritters. Yum!




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Pig's head.

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Gazpacho

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Peaches with grains - I've forgotten what else.

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The chef's tattoo.

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Fillet.

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Plum dessert with goat cheese sorbet I think.

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Connie (white lotus) in her tea prep and tasting mode. A greatly appreciated part of the gathering. At moments when you were becoming a little exhausted she'd show up with a nice big cup of orange pekoe or a little tiny cup of a fabulous green tea.

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Alex's local shrimp with a wonderful salsa and basil oil.

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Bill, a dweller at Tammy's housing, was very useful for getting rid of leftover food. Shortly after the spoon cleaning of this measuring cup - I think he tried to swab it with his tongue.

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FG flipping the bunny bits.

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Bunny 3 ways.

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SamIam's lamb accompanied by Chef Crash's fatoush.

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The four bacons for comparison at Zingerman's Roadhouse.

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Egg's with pimento cheese and peppery bacon, waffles with grits.


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Connie - convincing Ari that he needed to get better sencha.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 06:52 PM

I had a wonderful time eating, shopping and cooking in A2. If you can believe it, Tammy and I found the stomach capacity to return to Zingerman's Deli for tasting a bunch of stuff--the $150 balsamico, jamon iberico, assorted oils, vinegars, syrups, and about a dozen cheeses. Then we went next door and tasted chocolates. And then we had a cocktail and a salad at Zola nearby. I'm done eating for the next month, at least.

I was moved by the passion for food in Ann Arbor, a city I've passed through but never really visited. I appreciated Tammy's work in putting the event together. Also Lisa and Joe's organization of the Sichuan meal was great--my mouth was tingling for hours.

Kerry, it was great to work with you on the chiboust dessert--and thanks again for all your help with the bunny dish. (It was only bunny 2 ways, btw...)

I think I'm done with excess for quite some time. Good thing I get in $150 worth of produce tomorrow because I think that's the only thing I'll be eating for some time.

Thanks again for everything, Tammy.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 07:24 PM

Host's note: for those who are already thinking about a Heartland Gathering 2011, we've moved posts on that subject to start the PLAN: 2011 Heartland Gathering topic.

Please continue to discuss the 2010 Gathering here!


 


#28 prasantrin

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 05:34 AM

I am slowly getting my pictures up to Flickr in my Michigan set. I'll hopefully have all of them up by the end of the week.

But to tempt those who are thinking of going to next year's gathering.
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Yes, that's Chef Crash's baklava. I have some pieces stashed away, but I won't say how many lest it make me look greedy. But it's gooooooood! :wub:

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 12:24 PM

I've been waiting until I could get onto an actual computer with keyboard (rather than just my smartphone) to post here.

Donna and I both had a *fantastic* time with our fellow eGulleteers on Saturday. The food was fantastic, yes, but even more enjoyable was the camaraderie we enjoyed from all the folks there who are just food junkies like we are. There wasn't anything (nor anyone) there that we didn't feel comfortable sitting down to, or with.

Tammy: thank you *so much* for your work in organizing. The Feast made both Donna and me wish that we'd been able to come to more of the stuff that had been planned for the weekend, but logistically-speaking, it just couldn't work. Donna was barely able to get those wonderful cupcakes of hers ready on Saturday, due to her traveling on Friday, and we really would have liked to participate more. Please know that you make one *heck* of a potent potable, and I'm not exactly a lightweight. You're an even better host/organizer, though, so thank you so much for the work you put in. Enjoy the Blenheim!

Tom: there are few things that are more enjoyable than really great bread. It's simple, it's tasty, it's satisfying. Your two types of bread could have been all I ate, and I would have been completely okay with that. And you are absol-stinking-lutely right: caramelized onions just make *everything* better. Thank you.

Kerry: we need more physicians like you. Your truffles rule with an iron scepter, and that's coming from a confessed chocoholic. Meeting you, speaking with you, enjoying your smile...lots of fun.

Rochelle: I sincerely hope that many, many more bunnies expire for your culinary purposes. I'm with Sam: the rabbit confit with homemade noodles were an exceptional highlight of the meal to me, and I hope that those in the DC area learn what an asset they have in your catering abilities. Let me just say that *I'd* hire you...and I'm picky. Those sorority girls that you cooked for? I'm just absolutely jealous of them, based on that dead, delicious bunny.

Richard: it was really great to see you again, and your salsa with basil oil was exquisite. I'm of the opinion that the shrimp didn't even need to be there...that salsa, and *especially* the basil oil were just amazing. I saw many, many folks there who were using Tom's bread to sop up every last drop, and rightfully so.

Steve: you, sir, fry up bunny with the best of them, and the fish-in-parchment was a nice, clean taste, owing to the freshness of everything there. So much to enjoy in that little pocket of goodness.

Crash: fatoosh salad, baklava, and more? I'll bet you could juggle five balls at once, as well! As well as being delicious, the fatoosh was one of the prettiest I've seen.

There were many, many others there who I met and enjoyed talking to, eating with, laughing with, drinking with. I'd be typing all day if I were to name and thank everyone, but suffice it to say that it was an absolute joy to spend the evening there, and to contribute in whatever small way I could. It's got me thinking about traveling for next year...I'm no longer a Heartland Gathering virgin!

Thank you again, everyone, for welcoming Donna and me into the fold. We came, we ate, we laughed, we waddled out. What more could one ask for?

#30 Alex

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 01:23 PM

Donna and I both had a *fantastic* time with our fellow eGulleteers on Saturday. The food was fantastic, yes, but even more enjoyable was the camaraderie we enjoyed from all the folks there who are just food junkies like we are. There wasn't anything (nor anyone) there that we didn't feel comfortable sitting down to, or with.
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Richard: it was really great to see you again, and your salsa with basil oil was exquisite. I'm of the opinion that the shrimp didn't even need to be there...that salsa, and *especially* the basil oil were just amazing. I saw many, many folks there who were using Tom's bread to sop up every last drop, and rightfully so.

Thanks so much for the detailed and kind report. I very much agree about the camaraderie. It was an easy Gathering to be at (and to isolate from for a little while, if one so chose, without anyone wondering why). Tammy did a yeoman's (yeowoman's? yeoperson's?) job of organizing the event.

Edsel's Vita-Mix must receive a portion of the credit for the basil oil, as should Tammy's filtering apparatus. I had made some at home that I intended to bring with me, but of course it became the inevitable forgotten item. Fortunately, the common house had a huge herb garden, so there was no shortage of basil. At home I used a KitchenAid blender and a fine-mesh gold-toned coffee filter, but the new combination was far superior, producing a deeper green oil with no discernable solids.

I took home the remaining oil and used it for a simple dinner last night: spaghetti with basil oil, butter, black pepper, and Parm-Reg. Tonight we'll be having a tomato-shiso salad with shallot dressing, the shiso courtesy of White Lotus's generosity.
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