Bagna Cauda & Pasta Fest
November 16, 2003
With Jonathan & Lucy Tolmach, Pete &
Georgette Hahn, Uncle Gerald, Little Alanna and Little Dane with a Guest
Appearance of 5 minutes by Amy Fitz-Jensen
I didn't need a Global Position Satellite tracking system
to find the FitzJensen house. My nose led me to this garlic-infused
building in Silicon Valley.
And no wonder! Whisper had more garlic cooking in preparation for a Bagna
Cauda than you'd find at the Gilroy Garlic Festival!
Jonathan and Lucy brought some of their garden's bounty, along with a
"few" (nine) Tolmach Ovens breads.
Whisper was thrilled.
And fresh pasta (a la Nonna Pierina Vietti) was prepared, as well.
We started with some schlucks of the 2003 version of Anchor Brewing's
Very dark, very tasty.
Lucy brought some home-grown "weeds" to brighten up the house.
I brought some jars of "funghi" I had purchased in Italy. The
porcini were particularly good and the Tolmach breads were excellent.
We had prepared lots of veggies for the Bagna.
Jonathan had the requisite "cardoons" prepared for this feast, as
Yes, that's the famous Colin Hahn enjoying a sip of Thomas Mayr's excellent 2002
vintage Lagrein Rosato from the Alto Adige.
We then went back inside the house as Jesper had prepared the Bagna pots!
Little Dane decided to join the festivities.
Amy set a record the previous evening for the inhalation of Champagne Cocktails.
No wonder she was still a little fuzzy.
Georgette & Pete.
Danish-American Pasta Eating Machine.
Meanwhile, Whisper was busy with his Chanterelle Pasta Sauce.
Not to mention the grilled pork chops!
A bottle of Pietro Ratti's excellent 2000 Villa Pattono was sublime!
Alanna made an appearance, too!
And then she insisted on shaking things up with her hula hoop.
Georgette got into the act, too.
And then Whisper brought out his newest creation, a special cake:
Tastes even better than it looks.
Norbert & Gaby!!
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