On Tuesday evening, Frisch Kitchen turned into a gourmet bistro for the Harvest Dinner Challenge. Our guests claimed that their meal “was quite literally one of the best we’ve had in Ithaca, both in terms of the food as well as the company.” The true glory, however, was that our soiree succeeded in raising nearly $500, enough to provide 2 low-income families with fresh, healthy food from June through November.

Who?  
* Nora Hansanugrum: food enthusiast, Johnson & Wales culinary graduate, Johnson MBA student ’13
* Emma Kirwan (myself): food blogger, Executive Director of Peaks Over Poverty
* Bobby Frisch (my beau): Owner – Guesthouse La Buena Onda, Johnson MBA student ’13

What? We hosted an exclusive dinner party to celebrate Ithaca’s bounty, and spread good health and good flavor to Ithaca’s families in need.

Why? Healthy Food for All provides low-income families in Ithaca with affordable Community Supported Agriculture shares (CSAs): a weekly box of fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms.

How? We offered 10 exclusive tickets at $30 minimum. We sold out in half a day. (We raised $463, just shy of helping TWO FAMILIES. To help us reach $500, please DONATE here).

We provided our guests with small bites and a memorable three-course meal paired with local libations. Enjoy reading our menu and recipes, and salivating over the montage of photos from the evening (boy was it hard to capture the dishes before whisking them out to the kitchen!). Thank you diners for your photos!

From Left: Emma, Nora, Bobby
From Left: Emma, Nora, Bobby
The bistro! Welcoming our guests and sharing our thanks and accomplishments! (Photo Credit: Willy Yu-Chung Wang - top right and left)
The bistro! Welcoming our guests and sharing our thanks and accomplishments! (Photo Credit: Willy Yu-Chung Wang – top right and left)

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Recipes: Spiced Apple Chutney, Ploughman's Sandwich
Recipes: Spiced Apple Chutney, Ploughman’s Sandwich
Recipes: Flaky Pastry Dough (find on Shaker Lemon Pie). Garnished with dried oregano flowers.
Recipes: Flaky Pastry Dough (find on Shaker Lemon Pie). Garnished with dried oregano flowers.
Assembly and behind the scenes blogging
Assembly and behind the scenes blogging

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Recipes: Olive Oil and Rosemary Roasted Roots (Photo credit: Willy Yu-Chung Wang - bottom right)
Recipes: Olive Oil and Rosemary Roasted Roots (Photo credit: Willy Yu-Chung Wang – bottom right)
Recipes: Cabbage with Apples, Onions, and Caraway.
Recipes: Cabbage with Apples, Onions, and Caraway.
Recipes:Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (from Metropolitan Bakery - the best!)
Recipes:Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (from Metropolitan Bakery – the best!)
Sweet assembly. Nora decorates her home-made apple pie ice cream with home-made, hand-whipped cream, squirted through a ziplock (no fancy pastry tools here!).
Sweet assembly. Nora decorates her home-made apple pie ice cream with home-made, hand-whipped cream, squirted through a ziplock (no fancy pastry tools here!).
Some of our happy guests!
Some of our happy guests!
Sweet ending.
Sweet ending.
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