Oh my! Cheri and Jim White entertained supporters of the Louisville Orchestra with “My Big Fat Greek Feast” at their beautiful home in Indian Hills last weekend. Guests were entertained by a trio of Orchestra musicians, which was appropriate and appreciated since the dinner was a part of the ALO a la carte summer fundraisers.
After drinks that included ouzo and wonderful hors canapes, guests sat down to a sumptuous dinner prepared by Cheri, her mother Alice Collis and the ladies of their Greek Church.
It was spectacular from the first taste of the homemade hummus and the Greek olives to dessert. Guests were seated at tables throughout the beautiful big house.
Xoriariki salata, “Peasant salad” of cucumbers, tomatoes and feta cheese started off the feast. That was followed by a first course of Pastitso – a hearty casserole layered with red meat sauce over buttery Greek-style macaroni with a béchamel sauce. Oh my! It was heaven.
The entrée was oven-roasted lamb rubbed with spices, roasted potatoes with oregano, tiropita (phyllo stuffed with feta cheese), Greek-style green beans and dolmathes, which are divine stuffed grape leaves.
The desserts were baklava, ouzo cake and rizogalo, or Greek rice pudding.
There was a spirited conversation over the centerpiece at one table. It was a spectacular bronze copy of an ancient Greek warrior’s helmet. Everyone wanted it!
It was a lovely evening that not only benefitted the ALO, but also the Greek Church. Cheri asked the ladies of her church to cook some of the native dishes and then she made a contribution to the church.
Those who were there included Julie and Frank Preston, John and Theresa Bondurant, Mary and Kurt Broecker, Jane and Ed Hopson, Lou Ellen Williams, Cynthia and Bill Yancey, Dan Schusterman and Mary and Bill Nash.
JOY WITH JULIA
Chef Anthony Lamas will celebrate the life of Julia Child by hosting Dinner and a Movie night at Seviche on Wednesday, Aug.15, which would have been Child’s 100th birthday. In honor of Child, the film “Julie & Julia” will be shown on an eight-foot screen in the private dining room while a nine-course dinner, inspired by the movie, is served.
Showtime is 6:30 and the price is $125 per person plus tax and tip. Seating is limited, so guests are asked to make reservations in advance by calling 502.473.8560.
A rundown of the menu is: bruschetta with heirloom tomato; basil and French bread; chicken with mushrooms, cream and thyme; onion soup with gruyere, crouton and cognac; poached egg with asparagus and crispy potato; lobster thermidor with paprika, lemon and hollandaise; fish with beurre blanc, capers and parsley; boeuf bouruignon with prime beef, house pasta and red wine; chocolate cream pie with sweet cream, almonds and ganache; apple tarte tatin with vanilla ice cream and puff pastry with brown sugar.
The world class Shelbyville Horse Show starts tonight and ends on Saturday night. That evening a perpetual trophy to honor the memory of horse show participant and fan, the late Sug Schusterman, will be presented.
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