s t i B d i T May 2015 Morsels from the Heritage Hunt Gourmet Coterie May Meeting FRI — May 15 — 10am Elegant Place Settings Joan Donnelly POC Taste of Frederick Walking Tour May 29 Sue Waldron POC June Meeting FRI — June 19 — 10am Taste of India Restaurant Nancy Langley POC July & August Summer Break No General Meetings August Dining Out TBD Mary Gorodnick POC INSIDE Cakes Galore................Pg 2 Recipes Needed...........Pg 2 Dining Out Review.......Pg 2 Restauranteers.............Pg 2 Member Morsels..........Pg 3 June Meeting Hint........Pg 3 Walking Tour................Pg 3 BOD.............................Pg 3 Photos.........................Pg 4 Visit our WEBSITE at www.hhgoco.org May Program by James Brown, Program Committee An elegant table setting is our feature for May. Since we feast first with our eyes, a beautiful presentation is imperative for a lovely meal. Jim and Diana Russell will be sharing their love of antique silver with personal stories and knowledge of their accoutrements –where the pieces came from, ages of selected silver and the use of them as well. Jim is an accomplished Civil War speaker and scholar. He likes to collect English silver and antiques, especially pieces from the George III period in England [c. 1760-1800]. He also has a passion for American coin silver - and possesses two spoons belonging to the Russell family that were stolen by the Union during the Civil War, yet were returned. Diana has a great interest in antiques and silver. Another passion is Chinese porcelain most especially Chinese Rose Medallion; one of her prized pieces is a chop plate that dates back to approximately 1780. She also enjoys finding treasures of “flow blue” china that was made in the early 1850s up until approximately 1880. Diana is enthusiastic in making creative tablescapes for all dining events from using stuffed pheasants to oyster shells. Join us for an informative and entertaining presentation. Recap of April Meeting by Kay Riley, Program Committee A big thanks is extended to Andy Kujawa, Perishable Area Manager at Lake Manassas Wegmans, for arranging the personnel, food and a gift basket for the program on sushi given at the April Gourmet Coterie general meeting. Also, congratulations to Wegmans for ranking the number one supermarket across the country as reported in the May 2015 issue of Consumer Reports magazine. Kay Riley, Program Committee, introduced Sous Chef Jen Gulman who has been with Wegmans for 14 years and Tommy Pendleton, Team Leader, a 2 ½ year employee. The first half of the program Tommy rolled the newest sushi roll, Kale-Elujah, consisting of brown rice, quinoa, kale, green beans and carrots while Sous Chef Jen explained the process. The LSTV team, including Bill Baird, provided the overhead camera experience so all the members were able to view the rolling of the sushi. After the rolling, Sous Chef Jen showed a continued on page 2 TidBits—Page Two This “Takes the Cake!” by Dee Reise CAKES GALORE is relatively new in GoCo and is rapidly becoming very popular. Recently a coffee klatch was held using Chiffon cakes as the highlighted type of cake. These cakes take a little bit of precision blending and are well worth the time. Eleven members met at Wallis Kendig’s house, chatted, ate and had a delightful relaxing time. What a pleasant way to spend an early afternoon. Wallis baked a scrumptious Maple Walnut chiffon cake and Dee Ellis made a raspberry chiffon cake, using a recipe that won a first prize in an “Eggland’s Best “ contest. continued from page 1 PowerPoint presentation full of interesting facts about the fish used to make the sushi. What was especially informative was the part about Super-Frozen Tuna (-76 degrees) and the use of “color added” on fish packaging. Also, we learned that the Tuna that is closer to the belly is so tender that it will melt like butter when eaten. It is also much more expensive than other parts of the Tuna and cooking it is not suggested. At the conclusion of the program Sous Chef Jen and Tommy served samples of the Kale-Elujah and Wild Sockeye Salmon Rolls. The door prize, the large Wegmans gift basket full of their products, was won by Nadine Bishop. Reminder! Dining Out Review by HJ Landsman Known as a “less dear” rival of Ruth’s Chris, Morton’s and Capitol Grill, J Gilberts has been a main stay steak house on Chain Bridge Road in Mclean for many years. Although a few had been there before, the majority of a group of 20 did not know what to expect for brunch at $29. Pretty steep, some surmised! When it was over, 2 hours later, 100% questioned were quite satisfied. It wasn’t just the quantity of buffet food offered, which was continuous and constantly replaced, but it was the taste and quality as well. Most started out with a variety of omelets, eggs, bacon, sausages, waffles, breads and smoked fish, enough, so they could indeed say they had a bountiful breakfast. If there was room left in their bodies, they would be able to devour succulent sliced prime rib, potatoes and onions, string beans, shrimp, chicken, dumplings, various pastas, fresh cut fruits, and pastries. These diners would also have to make room for chocolate covered strawberries and marshmallows. All juices, coffees, and teas (unlimited) were also included in the price. The attractive grill room, with well partitioned ambience, also helped in creating the right atmosphere. Parting words from most….”….we will return….!” Please send your favorite recipes to Marianne Smith [email protected] She is compiling & formatting these recipes into a book. Publishing date will be in time for Christmas giving. Restauranteers by Dave Leveton The Restauranteers, now in its third year, is designed to have members participate in high-quality dining experiences and, at the same time, develop new friendships. Groups of six to eight are formed each year. The groups go to assigned restaurants, or if they prefer, can select different ones. Three outings are suggested, but the groups can do any amount. In 2015 we have four groups. The suggested restaurants are: Firebirds in Gainesville Katerina’s in Manassas Claire’s at the Depot in Warrenton for brunch New groups, with different members, are formed at the beginning of each year. TidBits—Page Three “Member Morsel” is whaaat? by Kristin Falcon The catchy little names we use in the Gourmet Coterie may be confusing to some. As the Chair of the Communications Committee, I often invite members at the General Meetings to participate in our meetings by giving a “Member Morsel”. And then the question comes “what is a Member Morsel”. Simply said, it is just a short (5 minutes) presentation about anything related to food. Some examples are: • Helpful kitchen hints • Simple way to cook corn on the cob • My Dehydrator and how it works • My favorite kitchen gadget • My surprise ingredient for vegetable broth • Unique recipe books • Salt: History and health • Book review • Experiencing Cooking schools on travel So you get the picture. The meetings are much more interesting when we have members participate. Contact me at [email protected] when you want to give yours. Hint of June If you are one of the many people who think that Indian food consists of many dishes that are too spicy and all curry, have we got a surprise for you at our June 19th GoCo meeting. President Nadine [email protected] Vice President (Program Committee Chair) Marilyn [email protected] 703-743-1936 Secretary Diane Riffer............... [email protected] Treasurer Jane [email protected]2 Director (Dining-Out Committee Chair) Mary [email protected] Director (Dining-In Committee Chair) John & Sue Farris ...... [email protected] .................703-743-1380 Director (Communications Committee Chair) Kristin Falcon ............ [email protected] .............703-743-1443 Newsletter Editor & Publisher Bets [email protected] Web Master Mansell Rainbolt....... [email protected] X5511 “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates Taste of Frederick Maryland Excursion Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour 1.5 miles Friday, May 29, 2015 11:30 am – 2:30 pm Cost: $52 Per Person (No refunds – Rain or Shine) Contact Sue Waldron at [email protected] Check GoCo’s Website for the April Minutes TidBits—Page Four May Dining-In Event Ed and Roe Rozenblat entertained 22 members for the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs. Watching the race on the huge screen at their home made the group feel like they were actually in Louisville. There were a few winners who cheered like they had won the lottery. Food was abundant and topped off with three Southern Pecan Pies and whipped cream. We had a blast! Another 25 of us gathered for similar fun and games at Nadine Bishop’s, where a favorite -- on the table -- was pulled pork barbecue with a variety of homemade BBQ sauces.
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