Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Underground.

Over the past nine years, I have made some fun foodie focused donations to Irving School Auctions; I've taught cooking classes, whipped up some mean dinners for teachers, and passed a heck of a lot of hors d'oeuvres all in the name of raising a few bucks for an amazing cause.  Since this is marks our family's final year at Irving, Leif and I though we would try to give a little more to get a lot more.

I decided that it would be wildly fun to have folks sign up and pay for a slot to attend a cocktail party without knowing where they were going, who else was going to be there and what food was going to be served.  I had no idea that the event would be so popular, but it sold out in less than two days and raised a descent sum of money for the PTO. 

Last night, after leaking the venue through a series of emails, more than 50 guests descended on a private residence in Oak Park (owned by a very generous former Irving parent and current Irving grand-parents) to enjoy great food and wine and even better company!

Here is your glimpse into the Irving Underground...
Micro Abstraction of a Garden: Roasted Radish, Arugula, Goat Cheese, and Olives
Handsome quartet of current Irving parents on the porch

My beautiful friend Sue inspects  several fried chicken skewers with pumpkin mole and pepita  In addition to the dishes shown here we served up savory shortbread bites, blue cheese cucumber cups and chive pancakes with lingonberries!

The evening was a filled with a happy mix of parents of older and younger Irving students, former Irving parents, and Irving staff members.

Korean Bulgogi Boats with Tenderloin, Kimchee, Nectarine, Green Apple, Sesame and Scallion
Our host's son and our neighbor, our little dog's namesake, and Leif's lovely co-worker

A quartet of new friends
An old stand-by favorite bite
Shrimp Dumpling with Sweet and Spicy Sauce and Golden Garlic

Our hosts, my friend Rhonda and her guest
Victorian flowers Leif and I gave to our homeowners as a gesture of thanks for opening their home for this occasion.

One of the biggest hits of the night! 
Brined Pork Gwa Pao Buns with Hoisin and Pickled Cucumber Salad
Five glasses of wine toasting the end of a memorable and exhausting evening.
Overall we pushed out almost 900 appetizers in 3 hours! 
Thanks Patty, Anne, Sue, and Midge for donating your time to this worthy cause.  All of you worked tirelessly and I am grateful beyond words!  We had a million moving targets in that kitchen and your ability to keep your eye on the smallest detail ensured the success of the evening!
Leif and I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Irving school and their hardworking teachers and staff for everything they have done for Emma and Finn.  After all this school has given to help make our family what it is today, throwing a community connecting fundraiser seemed like the least we could do to say thanks. It has been a great run!

*thanks to Sue for snapping the party pictures!


Penny said...

Irving is going to miss you guys tremendously! Thank you so much for an awesome night....once again! You rock girlfriend!

Ms. Balicki said...

Looked like it was a great event. Thanks for sharing the pics.

IP said...

great photos!

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