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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Fois gras, anyone?

Amanda and I got dolled up in fancy dresses and spent the evening as Curtis Nelson's guests tonight at Flavors of Minnesota, an annual Twin Cities fundraising event for the American Liver Foundation. A couple hundred well-dressed doctors, scientists, medical engineers, and others with liver-community credentials joined Fergie Frederiksen -- former lead singer of Toto and Hepatitis C survivor-turned-activist -- for a well-choreographed evening of fine food and paired wine. About 20 chefs from the Cities' fine restaurants each hosted a table, where they cooked tableside a unique five-course meal of their own invention. We were lucky to nab the territory of David Fhima, of Saint Paul's Fhima's, who not only charmed us with his gregarious, talkative nature and French accent, but also treated us to a divine feast -- lobster bisque muffin with buttery filet mignon, daikon salad over a smoky mushroomy broth, perfect seared halibut over purple asian sweet potato mash, and, for dessert, playful espresso milkshakes with freshly fried cinnamon donut holes.

I giggled when a cocktail waitress offered me a dollop of paté from the appetizer tray during the early reception. It's poetic, I suppose, to serve liver at a liver foundation event. But then, the bar was hosted, the raffle tickets were full champagne glasses with numbers on the base, and the five wines were free-flowing during dinner, so the hors d'oeuvres weren't the only ironic elements! Yours truly had about a glass worth of various wines, sweet nectar all, but otherwise I was a bastion of will power.

Although Hepatitis is unrelated to Joe's health condition, the issues behind tonight's events certainly hit very close to home, and it was a delight to be there among people who are generously supporting the American Liver Foundation. The group promotes liver health and disease preventions, and has done much to inform people of the 17,000 Americans currently on waiting lists for the live-saving organs they need. Curtis, himself a Hepatitis C survivor, is a tireless supporter of these same causes. For that, and for the seat at his fine table tonight, I am grateful.


  • Flavors of Minnesota Menu:

    Hot Dish
    Pate Du Peppermint
    Deep Fried Loon
    Potato Lefse
    Spam on Ritz (Mmmm...goooood cracker!)
    Belinda Jensen's Post-It Note Surprise
    Cold Cereal Medley
    White Bear on a Stick
    Blue Ox - Medium Rare
    Gopher ala mode
    Warren Burger with Charles Mayo and Judy Garland

    And Pawlenty more!

    By Anonymous your pal, Brett, at 4:34 PM  

  • Sounds like a great night.

    Mmmm ... bear on a stick ...

    By Anonymous Alan, at 5:01 PM  

  • Brett, v. funny, but the Post-it Note Surprise crack was a little tacky.

    By Blogger Becky, at 5:13 PM  

  • "...Post-it Note Surprise crack was a little tacky."

    Now THAT'S funny!

    BTW, Pate Du Peppermint?! Peppermint Patty. Charles Schultz. St. Paul native. C'mon, who says I can't do intelligent comedy?

    Oh. Wait. Might have just answered my own question.

    By Anonymous your pal, Brett, at 4:48 PM  

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