Don't know what to say. Thank you. I will stick with the comment of the woman sitting beside me when the lamb came out, "Perfect." Timing and flow were great -- especially considering the number of ingredients going into each dish. And at least as important for an old consultant, is that you checked in with me to make sure everything was moving at the right pace.
The hors d'oeuvres in the wine cellar were a stunning beginning to the evening. The blini "pancake" stack and the perfect amount of caviar.
I am not personally a salad person, and I am not really into goat cheese. You said in your introduction that the tastes should blend together, and oh my goodness they did. The "salad" person to my left was enthralled. (And my plate was empty when it was all over and done.)
The lamb chops were simply magnificent. I will leave the "porcini dust" details to you — the result was just absolutely perfect.
Clearly we built the evening backwards from the Finale, a 1983 Chateau d'Yquem. These Sauternes are so complex, and of course impossible to figure out from a written description of a 31 year old wine. I frankly thought it was a lost cause to try to match anything with it. I finished half a glass before daring to try what you had prepared. As I mentioned to you in passing, after tasting the "blue cheese cake" when I went back to the d'Yquem, I could taste no difference at all in the Sauterne. If your pairing had been too sweet, the wine would have felt "off". So many other things you could have done could have challenged or even ruined the taste of this special dessert wine. But what you did worked. You are my new goddess.
As an old psychologist I was comfortable with your doing this dinner tonight because I loved the way your brain worked as you thought through this dinner and the wine pairings. Clearly we were not disappointed.
So, enough. I wanted to express my appreciation, but also wanted to give you some details, since obviously you were able to orchestrate an enormous number of details together to make this be a wonderful, seamless dinner.
Jack Loftis PhD
Portola Valley, CA
August 2014, Pacifica
"Dawn made my dad's 60th birthday party a success! She was extremely professional and was open to working with me on a menu that fit our guest list. I received nothing but compliments from my guests on the food and it's all because of her. I would recommend her to anyone looking for someone to cater their special event. "
NOVEMBER 2014, Los Gatos
The entire experience with Dawn was fantastic and truly exceeded our expectations. She spent time on the front end to ask questions and really learn what we liked. The menu was unique and diversified, with a balance of things we loved and new things we were excited to try. The food ended up tasting incredible (every course), some of the best lamb we've had, and the wine pairings were really great including a Pinot from Oregon. Dawn was great to work with all around, and would highly recommend.
Los Gatos, CA
Dawn was amazing! We had an intimate dinner party for 8 persons celebrating a 50th Birthday. Dawn developed a mouthwatering menu, showed up on-time, served a magnificent 5-course meal with wine pairing. All our guests were blown away at the quality of the meal. We'll definitely use Dawn again. Great to work with . Very easygoing and communicative.
Los Gatos, CA