November 4, 2010

belle of the ball

ok, i have sooooo many posts lined up and waiting for finishing touches so they can be posted. what can i say? i have been extremely busy! you'll see. but in the mean time, i hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful fall season!

so as fate would have it, i got to play princess for the night on october 22 because my mom went out of town for business.
lucky me!!

my dad is part of the the dick losee band - they play the most fabulous 'big band' music that makes you want to move to the beat and swing dance with the best of them!
i've been watching my parents get ready for the president's scholarship ball for something like ten years, dreaming of what it would be like to join in on the fun. everyone wears formal-wear and scrumptious hors d'oeuvres served with glasses of martinelli's (it's utah valley, people... what do you expect?).

and then the big affair ------ dinner. a six course dinner, to be more precise.

{our festive table setting}

the menu was as follows:
1st course
lump crab with avocado gazpacho, crispy corn tortilla, and corn shoots

2nd course
curried pumpkin soup with roasted pepitas, spiced whipped cream, curry oil, and pumpernickel crisp
{the most magnificent taste of the night!}

3rd course
poached pear salad with pomegranate vinaigrette, gorgonzola emulsion, glazed pecans, red onions, and baby greens

4th course
lemon basil sorbet
{it did not look like this picture, but it was served with a gingersnap cookie. a weird taste at first, but it definitely grew on me!}

5th course
roasted fillet of beef tenderloin with caramelized vidalia onion veal jus, smoked gouda and herb potato cake, roasted tomato, cipollini onions, seared mushroom, creamed corn, parsley buttered asparagus, and carrots

6th course
milk chocolate hazelnut cremeur: layers of milk chocolate mousse, hazelnut dacquoise, dark chocolate creme brulee, salted caramel, and mango sauce

after all that wonderful goodness, it was the dick losee band's turn. they played fabulous music for the president's "first dance" of the evening and for the rest of us to enjoy.
and although dick losee himself was unable to play with the band because of health reasons, the band played a great gig and the night was a success!
from the great food and fabulous music, what more could i ask for? and no, i could not have asked for better company!
it was a wonderful night! and though i know i wasn't the 'belle of the ball' .... i sure did feel like it!

**side note**: that monday i got a new crown put in and the day before the ball i got two root canals {side-by-side} and was on some good meds for the horrible pain. my dad told me there were moments at the ball that i was awake and animated and myself, then other moments when i looked like the walking dead... haha i knew what he was talking about. i could barely keep my eyes open at more than one point in the evening, but i refused to miss out on anything because it was such a 'once-in-a-lifetime' experience!