A Taste for Books
On Saturday, April 26, the FRWRC participated in the third annual Samuels Public Library’s, A Taste for Books, a fundraiser celebrating books and food. Book clubs, volunteer groups and other community businesses hosted individual tables featuring decorations and dishes based on their favorite books. Both silent and live auctions added to the fundraising goal.
After winning the gold for best food and decorations last year with our Middle-Eastern themed book, Day of Honey, A Memoir of Food, Love, and War, by Annia Ciezaldlo, we felt compelled to outdo ourselves again this year. The book chosen this year was Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard. The book is a memoir about a young American woman caught up in two passionate love affairs–one with her new beau, Gwendal, the other with French cuisine.
For our booth, we created an outdoor French café theme under a blue awning and we dressed as French waiters. The piece de resistance, however, was Sheila Lamonzs’ delicious duck with papaya and cherry sauce, served on a bed of lentils made by Elaine Faucher. Accompanying the duck was Salmon Salade Niciose and two different liver pates . Lee Meyer baked a delicious yogurt cake, which was an actual recipe from the book, and Barbara Way baked chocolate financiers that were real crowd pleasers. It was no surprise when we, once again, won first place for our food! We have definitely become the group to beat when it comes to our food, thanks to the cooking artistry and menu planning of Sheila Lamonzs.
This was a delightful evening, and we were happy to support our Samuels Library at this annual event.