Event 10 - Ides of March (Soups)

by Dave MichelMarch 22, 2015

The Ides of March was the next to last cooking sabbatical event, and featured a house concert by Undlin and Wolfe (click to read about and listen to my demo of Siri Undlin). It was also the first of two extra events added after I realized that I had left out quite a number of invitees due to my exquisitely poor timing (you can read about that here). We had 21 invited guests, and were expecting a couple of invited crashers.

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Prep for the day started innocuously enough. I ran out for ingredients in the morning and got the chili simmering by 1:00 PM (we started the event at 5:00). Three more soups and two salads to go.

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After what seemed like a couple of hours of chopping and other prep, I had two more soups (turkey wild rice, and vegan lentil) going, and lemon bars in the oven. The cream of broccoli soup was last, since it was going to come together so quickly (uh, huh). Suddenly, it was about 4:15, and I hadn't started on either salad. In honor of Caesar, I wanted to make his salad, but reprioritized and finished the cream of broccoli and the green salad by 5:00. We actually had a bunch of other practical prep to do (plating desserts, setting up beverages and cutting bread), so it was great when my cousin Jane Miller and her daughter Julia were the first to arrive and pitched right in. Not long after that, Tink and Robert came, and rolled up their metaphorical sleeves. It's really nice to have help when you're in a pinch.

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I didn't really look at a clock after the rest of the guests started arriving, but I suppose we started about half an hour late. As usual, though, there was so much socializing going on that it seemed to make no difference.

It was fun to serve a variety of soups; most people tried at least two kinds. I felt like I could get a job at Eddington's if this computer thing doesn't work out.

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The highlight of the evening was a house concert by Undlin and Wolfe. They sounded characteristically fantastic, and were enthusiastically received. There were a number of other musicians in the crowd, so it was cool to see connections being made afterward.

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Jocelyn Hagen and Abbie Betinis both stuck around after everyone else left and had a bit of a "composers rule" moment. I guess they were done with making nice music.

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Anna has been a huge help for a number of these events. Thanks, Kiddo!

Other than my misplaced sense of how long prep takes, just about a perfect evening.

About the author

Dave

Dave is a recording engineer, musician and software developer in Minneapolis. He's found that a cooking sabbatical is more work than normal life.

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