Almost a year ago we attended a benefit dinner for a local non- profit, Outlet. Outlet is an organization that supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth ages 13-20 living on the Peninsula and South Bay. Outlet's mission is to increase youth confidence, build personal assets, and create healthier communities through a range of support services, leadership training, community education and advocacy.
We had the winning bid on an auction item to entertain ten friends for a ten course gourmet meal at Google. The meal would be prepared by one of the gourmet executive chefs at one of the Google cafeterias.
Recently we collected on the dinner with 10 friends. Executive chef, Olivia Wu prepared us an amazing Asian meal of seafood and vegetarian dishes with wine parings. We requested no beef or pork.
We started off with a Caviar Nest and Quinoa Maki-Your-Own Rolls (no picture).
Green Tea Shrimp (left), Curry-Seared Scallops (center) and Cucumber Fupi Rolls (right)
Intermezzo: “Cocktail Grapefruit” Sorbet
Chef Olivia’s 'Shrooms and Shoots (top) and Three-Egg Chawan Mushi (egg custard) (bottom)
Tea Braised Duck (left), Stir Fried New Year's Cake with Imported Winter Bamboo (right)
Dessert: Coconut Crème Caramel with Coconut Tuile and Date Smiles with Kumquat Flambé.
The dinner was served with two kinds of sparking wine, two Rieslings, a Pinto Noir and a Merlot.
Outlet's benefit this year is Thursday, May 7, 2009 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.