Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tasting Theatrics...

A taste of Ella’s Theatrics

Mary Warren’s Fair & Fiery Poppets
Pastry wrapped jalapeno and poblano peppers
I find here a poppet Goody Proctor keeps. I have found it, sir. And in the belly of the poppet a
needle stuck. I tell you true Proctor, I never warranted to see such proof of Hell…”
Ezekiel Cheever, The Crucible by Arthur Miller
 Veronese Dumpling Discord
The Montague:  Seared tuna on gow gee crisp with pickled cucumbers and wasabi crema
               The Capulet:    Soft steamed spinach and ginger dumpling spoons
“From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life”
Chorus prologue, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Aggie Wainwright’s Grapes of Plenty
Pistachio, goat cheese and grape truffles
“I got thinkin’ how there was the moon an’ the stars an’ the hills, an’ there was me lookin’ at ‘em, an’ we wasn’t separate no more. We was one thing. An’ that one thing was holy.”
Casy, Grapes of Wrath adapted from the John Steinbeck novel by Frank Galati

Tansy’s Deviled Eggs
Eggs stuffed with horseradish, Sriracha, black sesame and scallions
“It’s hard to believe, you know? Just a little while ago, these were all inside some birds.”
Rick Steadman, The Nerd by Larry Shue

The Odd Couple
Cucumber cups with green spinach mousse and
Urban Till’s growing things herbed mushroom tartlets
“I got brown sandwiches and green sandwiches.”
Olive Madison, The Odd Couple (female version) by Neil Simon

Annual Putnam Valley Middle School Bake Sale
Eclairs with mocha mousse, almond cake petit fours, strawberry tarts with crème brûlée & classic buttermilk brownies
“Syzygy. When the earth aligns with the moon and the sun.”
Rona Lisa Peretti, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin & Jay Reiss

June Rebellion Pique-Nique
Baguette with assorted French cheeses
“Take my love, for love is everlasting.  And remember the truth that once was spoken.
To love another person is to see the face of God.”
Éponine, Les Misérables by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg

Masha’s Brooding Blini
Chive pancake with red onion confit, crème fraîche and lingonberries
“To live and not to understand why cranes fly; why children are born; why there are stars in the sky…
One must know what one is living for or it is all nonsense and waste.”
Masha, Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov

Marilla’s Puffed Sleeves
Savory profiteroles with sundried tomato and chèvre frais
“I believe that each of us is possessed of a need to be “of” somewhere.
We want a sense of place—a place to call “home.”
Anne, Anne of Green Gables adapted from the novel by L.M. Montgomery by Peter DeLaurier

A flaneur is a wanderer through the city. Someone who…idles through the streets without a purpose….
except to idle through the streets.
 And linger when it pleases him.”
Ned, Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg

Assorted bagels & challah with potted smoked trout rillettes, vegetarian chopped liver,
cucumber dill cream cheese, roasted onion and capers and a display of smoked fish
“To us and our good fortune
Be happy, be healthy, long life.”
Chorus, Fiddler on the Roof by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein
Celebrating Ella's high school graduation kicked off with a fun photo session intended to get the perfect picture for her graduation party invitation.  Ella has always been one of my favorite people to photograph and they had a bunch of really nice shots to pick from; I just loved their beach scene selection! From there we moved on to planning her big party; 11 dishes to honor the 11 high school theater productions she participated in during her years at OPRF.  The dishes were as diverse as the plays she participated in and her mom's creative touches brough my menu to life!  I felt honored to participate in such a meaningful and merry event.  It is no secret I've enjoyed watching Ella grow in to a mature and confident performer over the years and I anticipate big things will happen for Ella as she  heads to NYC in the fall. Her talent is sure to take her on loads of wondrous adventures.  
Ella and her Fiddler on the Roof co-star hamming it up behing the homemade challah.


jean said...

All of this food looks amazing...

Mel said...

Thanks Jean. As you can see my photo documentation fell a little short. It was a busy busy night for sure!

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