Monday, October 27, 2008

I went to a fancy benefit dinner in the name of cats

That's how vegan I am.  And Portlandy.  And a fan of Isa's vegan food and Sweetpea.  

But mostly, cats.

The benefit dinner was to benefit the House of Dreams Cat Shelter, where my friend Sharin volunteers.  I had been having a horrible day and this night out for kitties with friends like the Shiz really helped turn things around.  

Every table was adorned with at least one ceramic kitty to take home - here's a group shot of the ones passed on at the end.  How sad at an event to benefit a No-Kill Cat Shelter, right?

White Bean and Roasted Garlic Soup with Fresh Rosemary



Between courses, I sent my camera all by its lonesome into the kitchen for
 behind the scenes action.

The busy staff.

The entree was an Autumn Plate: Acorn Squash with cornbread stuffing and chorizo sausage, Smoky Grilled Tempeh and Wild Mushroom Ragout over Garlicky Kale


I think about moaning whenever I eat tempeh that Isa has prepared.  I think I have.  It's the woman responsible for bringing homemade tempeh bacon into my life!

Dessert was a bowl of Warm Apples in a Caramelized Maple Sauce with vanilla soy cream, candied ginger and a homemade Gingerbread cat cookies.  

Knowing the chef= an extra cookie!
My table also sent Veganaddict an extra cookie from across the room.  
Check out her blog for more pretty photos!

The Master Chef, hanging out back.  
Check out the PPK blog for her thoughts on the event and some fun photos.  Thanks, Isa!

Squash Prep Station - including blogger Kimmykokonut.

Phew.

17 comments:

allularpunk said...

oooooh, i wish i could have been there.

River said...

Ha! A group shot! That's funny :)
All the food looks so awesome, why do I have to live in the Midwest?

VeggieGirl said...

So fun!

Vegyogini said...

How fortunate that you've eaten meals prepared by one of the most masterful vegan cookbook authors!

Taylor said...

Looks absolutely fab. And what a great cause - kitties!!

VeganView said...

How awesome, and what a great set of photos. I wish I lived in Portland seriously now.

Eric said...

I can't wait till I'm living in Seattle....then Portland will only be a hop skip and a jump away! I'm looking forward to attending events like these.

How do you keep updated on events such as this? On the PPK site? Just curious....I want to be sure I stay on top of all the fun stuff going on.

mama herbivore said...

you wanna know just how "portland " that soup was? the rosemary is from my front yard!
pdx rules! and so do all of the awesome people who came to the dinner. thank you!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Dang, the food looks awesome! I wish I could have had a tasty meal to benefit kitties!

Jeni Treehugger said...

It looks a fun night and the food just speaks for itself. I really hope the shelter makes some money - it's such a wonderful cause.

JohnP said...

Jealous jealous jealous....

Ashley said...

This looks like it was so much fun! I wish I lived in Portland *pouts*.

jelymo said...

wow.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Mama Herbivore/Michelle - I knew it tasted like love!

Eric - I am active on the Post Punk Kitchen boards - check out the Square section - and subscribe to the Food Fight! blog and mailing list if you haven't yet : )

We also try to keep the StumptownVegans.com News section updated regularly with restaurant related news.

APLACEFORUS said...

Someday.. I will live in portland... someday...
but until then I really enjoy these great posts and getting the chance to see even if I cant be there!!

vegan addict said...

Okay, I didn't know that we could take the ceramic kitties from our tables home. Now I feel sad...

Beautiful photos, and thanks again for the cookie!

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