Special Dinners

Dinner on the Deck

Big Ideas Reading Group Dinner on the Deck venue

A recent member Betty Hass graciously hosted dinner after our May 13, 2017 meeting. It was outdoors, and the weather cooperated nicely. She provided the venue and the food. Members brought beverages or snacks. As a finalist, she cooked on-stage at the Gilroy Garlic Festival cookoff. The general area is Stevens Creek Blvd. at Foothill Expressway, near our Cupertino location.

After our January 13, 2018 meeting at 3pm at Le Boulanger in Cupertino, Betty offered an encore performance! She says,

I am serving my entry for next years Garlic Festival Cook-Off: Chicken Chili and Manchego Cheese Bread AND (for those who don't like a lot of garlic) Spiral Pasta in Marinara Sauce - with meatballs on the side and toothpicks of black olives with fresh mozzarella. For dessert I'm giving Scott a Christmas present by making "Gianduia Cake" (chocolate and hazelnut).

The members will be bringing a variety of salads like last time and of course lots of wine. Members are also encouraged to contribute some cash toward ingredients costs.

Betty is outdoing herself! Her menu for December 8, 2018:

Cajun Shrimp in Buttermilk Dip (above right)
Jambalaya (without seafood)
Sweet Corn Pudding Casserole
Southern Green Beans
Biscuits and Pretzel Bites
Dessert: Atlantic Beach Pie (A Lemon-Lime Cream)
Snowman (right)
Classic Pat O'Brien “Hurricane” Cocktails (by Frank)

Menu for January 12, 2019:

Italian theme including inspiration from a new cookbook called “A Tour of Italy”, covering different regional recipes, so our menu will be interesting as well as yummy. With lots of vegetables too. Maybe lasagna, spinach alfredo, ratatouille, marinated mushrooms, giardiniera, and Italian Ice.

120th Book and 10th [decimal] Year

Around the time of our May and June 2019 meetings, we will celebrate our 120th book and 10th year. So we will have two celebratory dinners because, well, one celebration is never enough! After our May 11, 2019 meeting at Kepler's Books, we will dine at Black Pepper (Malaysian, Indian, Chinese, Thai). The June 8, 2019 meeting will be another Dinner on the Deck hosted again my member Betty Hass.