Ladies long lunch for a cause.
Every year, a good friend of mine holds a fundraising lunch at her home. At the event there are raffles and auction items to bid on. East Street Kitchen donated a lunch for 12 people catered in your own home. Some of us thought it would be a fun thing to do together while supporting a local charity. One of the girls volunteered to bid on our behalf. After a few hearty bids, she blew the competition out of the water with a bold bid.
We secured the lunch!!
The beneficiary of the fundraiser was local charity, Sunrise way.
Located in Toowoomba, Sunrise Way are a community based, non-denominational, independent, not for profit drug and alcohol rehabilitation service.
The goal of the Sunrise Way residential programme is to enable clients to understand their addiction, manage their mental health, develop skills and strategies to maintain sobriety and rebuild their lives.
The Day Of Our Lunch
The day of our lunch arrived and we were looking forward to a fun day with some lovely friends.
We were told to expect East Street Kitchen around 11.00. Andrew and Michael arrived with their van packed with the essentials for the day. They promptly unpacked everything into the kitchen. I had the table laid with linen and glassware and the boys did the rest. The menu called for shared platters, so they set about arranging the table to suit their presentation.
My fellow organizers, Jane and Melissa came over early to help set up. We were all dressed up but had nothing to do. As a bit of a control freak, I was feeling a little uncomfortable. Normally when I entertain there is always last minute chores to attend to, but Andrew and Michael had everything under control. There was nothing else for it, but to pop the cork off a bottle of Champagne, sit, relax and wait for our guests.
Our lovely guests arrive
Twelve o’clock came around and our guests started to arrive. The weather Gods blessed us and turned on the most glorious day. We all gathered on my back deck and enjoyed a glass of Champagne.
Andrew bought out a Charcuterie and cheese board which we picked at and chatted until we were called into lunch around 1pm.
Lunch is served
We all took our places and the shared platters were placed on the table. Andrew explained the menu and he didn’t disappoint.
This is what we enjoyed.
The impressive menu.
Seared lamb loin on a bed of Parmesan risotto and pan juices.
Skillet stuffed conchiglioni (Zucchini, mushrooms and ricotta slow cooked in tomato sauce and pecorino)
Char grilled seafood (scallops, prawns and Tasmanian salmon with Romesco and lemon ailoi
Heirloom tomato salad with fresh basil, bocconcini aged balsamic and char grilled asparagus.
I love the concept of the share platters. Everyone has different tastes and dietary requirements. This way you take exactly what you like and the amount that suits each individual.
After leisurely enjoying our main, individual Pear and Espresso Panna Cotta were served for dessert.
We returned back out onto the deck and a refilled Charcuterie and cheese board was put in front of us.
The rest of the afternoon was spent enjoying each others company and making the most of the beautiful weather. It was a treat to relax and not worry about cleaning up. Andrew and Michael left the kitchen cleaned and back to how it was before they arrived. As the ‘Nervous Cook’ I would love to have Andrew and Michael in my kitchen every Friday.
Beautiful finish to the day
Before we knew it the sun was setting over the valley. As I sat there, I thought how lucky we all were, to be able to enjoy such a wonderful day together. I then thought about those that have succumbed to addiction and how it can happen to any of us, to our children, loved ones or friends.
It is comforting to know that there is a place in our community that is there to help those in need.
May we appreciate all the sunrises and sunsets of our lives.
Thank you Sunrise Way