Euphemia Haye’s annual “Lesson Luncheon” series opener, “Forks & Corks,” taught participants to make three traditional French dishes and then pair them with wine. About a dozen people turned out Jan. 25, for the demonstration led by Chef Raymond Arpke and sommelier Chris Phelps, of Napa Valley’s Swanson Vineyards.
On Friday’s menu: Belgian endive salad with a raspberry walnut vinaigrette; roast rack of lamb persillé with truffle oil, mashed potatoes, wild mushrooms and béarnaise sauce; and Paris-Brest, a light pastry with almond cream; paired with a pinot grigio, cabernet sauvignon and late-harvest chardonnay, respectively. Attendees received a personal tutorial with recipes to take home, not to mention a gourmet lunch.
Hungry for more?
Euphemia Haye will hold one lesson luncheon a month through May. Reserve your spot at euphemiahaye.com.
Sit Down Brunch Too
Eggs Orleans: poached eggs on fried-green tomatoes with smoked ham and choron sauce
Chicken, shrimp and Andouille gumbo
Strawberries Romanoff: Curaçao-macerated berries with ice cream
Insalata di mare mista: poached shellfish, crustaceans and squid on soft lettuce
Baked manicotti: ricotta-stuffed crepes in marinara topped with mozzarella and Parmesan
April 10 (Waitlist only)
Spring has Sprung
Arugula salad with gorgonzola, red-onion slivers and tomato concasse with balsamic dressing
Salmon en croute with wild-mushroom sauce
Espresso panna cotta: an unbaked, egg-free custard
Vegetarian but not Vegan
Baba ghanoush, hummus and tabbouleh
Eggplant Parmesan and faux fettuccine with tomato sauce
Fresh fruit whole-wheat tart
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Hat's off to Dee Pelton, volunteers
Dee Pelton held a luncheon that will be tough to top.
Youth sailors descend on City Island
Approximately 250 people hit the water Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, April 21, for Sailfest. The regatta, Sarasota Youth Sailing's biggest fundraiser of the year, included four classes of competition — Optimus, 420, Laser and Multi-hull — and a barbecue feast.
Book club sunsets for the season
The Sunset Beach Book Club, in its 10th year, ended this season with a luncheon and discussion of the book “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn, April 18, at Lazy Lobster. Discussion moderator was Ricki Carroll. Together, the group read five books this season.