March 24, 2012

Natalie and Alice Benefit Dinner

Sisters Natalie and Alice Fish, ages 8 and 2, both have a very rare disease known as Leaky SCID (Severe combined immunodeficiency). This life-threatening syndrome of recurrent infections results from numerous molecular defects affecting the immune system. This disease is so rare, an average of only 2 children are diagnosed in the US each year, yet these two precious little girls from the same family have it. Click here for the link to their parent's (Tyler and Lisy Fish) website which has chronicled their family journey and click here for a local news station's coverage of their story.

Both Natalie and Alice underwent bone marrow transplants in the last few months and to raise money, their family held a silent auction. I am good friends with their Aunt, Heather Disbrow and so I volunteered to cook a special 7 course meal as an auction item. The dinner sold and tonight I hosted in my home Tyler and Lisy, Jared and Heather Disbrow, Steve and Suzanne Disbrow, Aaron and Mandy Disbrow. was made aware of this special occasion and our meal was included as part of their monthly 24x24, which "showcases posts from 24 Foodbuzz Featured Publisher bloggers, highlighting unique meals occurring around the globe during a 24-hour period."

Below are pictures from the evening from my "Natalie and Alice Fish Benefit Dinner."

Tyler and Lisy Fish
Here are a few pictures of Tyler and Lisy holding pictures of Natalie and Alice.


The Guests
Here are a few pictures of everyone that came.



My Team
Matt and Bonnie Hargreaves were such a big help. Matt was my server and Bonnie was my photographer. She did an amazing job as you can see from all the pictures here.


Here I am serving the main course. I was in the kitchen for nearly 12 hours today and can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday, especially given the cause.


The Menu


Course 1 
Carrot Raisin Bread - Click here for the recipe

Course 2 
Asiago Cheese Crisps with Fresh Boursin and Raspberry - Click here for the recipe


Course 3
Brie and Croute with Raspberry and Pecans - Click here for the recipe


Course 4
Buttermilk Blue Cheese Wedge Salad - Click here for the recipe


Course 5
Orange Peel Sorbet - Click here for the recipe

Course 6

Tomato and Asparagus Risotto - Click here for the recipe

Baked Cordon Bleu Roulade with Alfredo - Click here for the recipe

Course 7
Chocolate Mousse with Pistachio and Cream - Click here for the recipe

It was a wonderful evening together. For the link to the Fooduzz 24x24 page where this meal was featured, click here, where you'll also be able to see the other 23 meals from across the world. These will all be posted by Sunday night.

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  1. Hi There, Congratulations for 24x24 !!!!!!
    The menu is looking so delightful and appetizing. A very well made post with beautiful pictures. Loved all the dishes. I've bookmarked this special recipe of urs and wud love to give it a shot asap. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

  2. Wow, that looks so good. I am so impressed, I can't even imagine cooking for 12 hours. Can't wait for the classes!!

  3. What a beautiful 24x24!! I think this the most heartfelt and moving 24x24 I have ever seen! You did a wonderful thing and I hope the family raised enough funds from the silent auction for everything they need. I will keep this family and these two sisters in my prayers. Well done to you. :)