Sweet Valentine for You and ... Food Gatherers

So Tammy over at Tammy's Tastings has been hosting her TT Supper Club fundraising dinners for almost a year now.  For $50 per person she serves a small group an incredible multi-course menu, based on what's in season at the farmers market. All funds beyond the cost of the food go to help organizations like: Preserving TraditionsEarthworks Urban Farm and Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit, Growing Hope, and Friday Mornings @SELMA.  

I told Tammy I'd love to help sometime and we decided that for her February 13th dinner, Food Gatherers could especially use some extra love.  According to the Food Gatherers website, if we raise $250 we can help put food on the table for a family of four for over a month. 

There are still some spaces left for what promises to be a very special evening.  You can give your sweetie (or your mom, or yourself) a special Valentine experience and know that you're also doing some good in the world.  That sounds a lot like having your cake and eating it too.  For the particulars, email Tammy at: tammylc@tammystastings.com

We've been talking over the menu and our sources, and it all sounds amazing!  Here's an example of the kind of food Tammy makes - the most recent menu for the Friday Mornings@SELMA dinner included:

- Yellow oyster mushroom tart
- Heirloom tomato and mozzarella napoleon
- Carrot soup with toasted pistachios
- Mixed greens with roasted beets and roasted fennel
- Baked lake trout with confit bayaldi
- Lamb rib chop with summer bean cassoulet
- Cheese course
- Panna cotta with poached peaches
- Chocolate and fruit mignardises

Here's what Tammy's website says about this event:

"Welcome to a new year and a new round of TT Supper Club dinners. The next TT Supper Club dinner will be Saturday, February 13 - just in time for a Valentine's Day treat for your special someone. We'll be raising money to support Food Gatherers.

"Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community by: reducing food waste through the rescue and distribution of perishable and non perishable food; coordinating with other hunger relief providers; educating the public about hunger; and developing new food resources."

If you're new to TT Supper Club, each dinner is limited to eight people, and features a tasting menu designed to highlight seasonal and local foodstuffs. In order to be as flexible and market-driven as possible, I don't post a menu in advance; you'll just have to trust me. However, the menu will take into account food restrictions (vegetarian/gluten-free, etc) and preferences/dislikes. You can see menus and pictures from previous dinners on my blog.

Dinners are designed to be wine-friendly, but are BYOB (or better yet, bring some to share). To facilitate wine choice, I will send out a draft menu a couple of days prior to the dinner, although it may be subject to change.

A minimum donation of $50 is requested per person. All proceeds beyond cost of food go directly to the charity.

If you'd like to reserve one of the 4 remaining spaces at the February 13 dinner, please email me with your food restrictions and preferences. Early requests will receive priority, but I reserve the right to adjust the guest list in order to manage conflicting food restrictions. I'm happy to accommodate a variety of food restrictions, such as gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian, I just don't necessarily want to do them all at the same time!

It's February in Michigan, so I'm taking a different approach to seasonal and local, and much of the meal will be created from locally grown produce that my friends  and neighbors "put up" over the summer and are donating to the dinner. With summer peaches and tomatoes, fall squash and beets, and (hopefully) fresh hoophouse greens and storage vegetables that are available from our local farmers, it will be a winter celebration of the whole growing season!

Looking forward to seeing and cooking for you in February!


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