A “Babette’s Feast” Dinner

28 May

A still from the 1987 Danish film, “Babette’s Feast.”

For my daughter’s school charity auction I agreed to host a dinner at my home — where I was chief cook and bottle washer (well, actually, the only cook) and my husband was sommelier, digging out gems from his cellar such as an 1982 Chateau Margaux and several bottles of 1978 (!) Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon from California. The latter far exceeded the former but drinking the former (valued somewhere between $900 and $1900) was interesting, to say the least. It actually improved in the glass overnight — and we sipped it for breakfast as we continued washing more than 100 plates, every pot in my house, and more than 75 wine glasses. One of my favorite movies is Babette’s Feast. I suggest you rent it. You will then understand the title of today’s blog. The menu for my 7-course seated dinner is as follows and it includes the hors d’oeuvres and wines also served. Many thanks to Susan Goldberg-Liu and her husband for bidding for the dinner, and to beloved Arthur Schwartz for being our “celebrity” for the evening and for signing his wonderful book The Southern Italian Table to all. Many thanks, too, to Omar Honeyman, waiter and bartender extraordinaire — a legend on New York’s catering circuit.


Susan Goldberg-Liu and Simon Liu and friends

Hosts: Michael Whiteman and Rozanne Gold

May 24, 2012

Homemade hummus with za’atar and lavash crisps
Cracked olives with wild fennel & “fish-sauce” pecans
Tiny crostini of red pepper tapenade, goat cheese & fresh thyme
Smoked salmon pizzette with lemon & basil

 Fresh corn fritters with cumin seed, wild arugula and lime
Venezualan “guasacaca” sauce

   Ginger-Pear Lime Martinis
Vinas de Balbo (chardonary-ugni blanc) in magnum, Argentina

M   E   N   U

Chilled Beet Soup with crème fraiche, smoked bacon & lemon zest
Michael’s homemade whole grain-rye bread

Mia Prosecco, Italy

Sauteed shrimp with shallots and tarragon, roasted garlic flan
Pasanella & figlio Bianco, Maremma 2010

Crisped duck magret, roasted grapes & sauteed ramps with potato-cauliflower puree
& grape demi-glace

Chateau Margaux, France 1982

Falling-off-the-bone pork, vinegar, kale, wild mushrooms and buttery grits
Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon, California 1978

Bitter chocolate mousse cake, lemon buttermilk sorbet, venetian wine cake
Cockburn’s Quinta do Tua, 1987, Vintage Porto


4 Responses to “A “Babette’s Feast” Dinner”

  1. nywoman May 28, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    That sounds utterly delicious

  2. Gerd Stern May 28, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    makes my mouth water or is it wine? gerd

  3. carol a. berman May 28, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    This is one of my very favorite films as well. Seen it so many times. They actually served Clos Vougeot and Veuve Cliquot in the film. The Margaux sounds like it was past its peak? Sounds like a fabulous dinner. I am sure that the conversation flowed as easlily as did the

  4. Lesley Achitoff May 29, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    this might be one of the most tantalizing menus I’ve ever read….I hope the school got a small fortune from all that work!

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