Artichokes are Greenalicious

At the beginning of June, Michael was invited by friend and chef Michel Nischan (Wholesome Wave) to participate in Greenalicious.  In its fourth year, this culinary extravganza and concert in Aspen, Colorado features an evening of great food, wine, and entertainment, with proceeds benefiting the Children’s Health Foundation Lunch for Life Program.

Michael is getting preparations set for his artichoke dish, the second in tomorrow night’s five-course dinner.  The delicious thistle is the event’s celebrated ingredient, and coordinating chef Chris Keating was kind enough to offer Michael a slew of organic ‘chokes from California.  Combined with local cheese, and herbs from hosting chef Ryan Hardy’s farm, it’ll be a winner.  (Please send us a Twitpic, Michael!)  The menu, which includes wine pairings, is as follows:

Canapes

Caviar blini
Island Creek Oysters
Avalanche Dairy goat cheese crostini with basil caponata

Dinner

Rancho Gordo Mayacoba Beans with Local Greens
and hazelnuts, house made pancetta with preserved Palisade peaches
Chef Mark Fischer, Restaurant Six89, Carbondale, CO

Artichokes & Summer Vegetables Barigoule with Avalanche Cheese Company Chevre
Chef Michael Schwartz, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami, FL

Roasted Monkfish with Welfleet Clams, Spanish Chorizo and Herb Broth
Chef Todd Slossberg, Plato’s Restaurant at The Aspen Meadows, Aspen, CO

Chili-spiced Stonebroke Farms Beef Sirloin
with wilted farm greens, local garlic and chili eggplant, mushroom-stuffed Paonia squash blossom and bacon-roasted onion glace
Chef Michel Nischan, Dressing Room — A Homegrown Restaurant, Westport, CT

Apricot, Ginger and Buttermilk Parfait
Sea Salt Caramel Chocolates
Chef Ryan Hardy, Montagna at The Little Nell, Aspen, CO

For more information, please visit the Children’s Health Foundation website.

Enjoying an early Rocky Mountain morning (Michael's iPhone.)

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