But, this is "Julie's Dining Club", so you aren't here to read about the talented musicians, you are likely more interested in the food. I was really, really disappointed. There wasn't a single thing that was even remotely good. We had a buffet of cold appetizers, a bunch of passed warm appetizers, and a measly cold dessert station. I do not recommend a single item.
|Cold buffet spread.|
|Pear and camembert quiche with roasted onion jam.|
This was ... quiche. I didn't like it. I didn't taste pear nor camembert, mostly just some eggyness, topped with very tart, vinegary onions. I kinda liked the onions. But meh.
|Vietnamesse Spring Rolls, filled with smoked tofu, sei fun noodles, crisp vegetable chifonade.|
|Cowgirl Creamery cheeses, smoked salmon, roasted and grilled vegetables, olives, roasted peppers, garlic mushrooms, with bread basket on the side.|
The cheeses were all from Cowgirl, which sounded promising, but they were pretty generic. There was some of the Devil's Gulch, a creamy soft cheese with spicing on the rind that I tend to love, but unfortunately, it wasn't ripe enough.
The marinated and grilled vegetables were all also fairly boring. Even the pretty looking purple cauliflower and the romanesco were lacking any real flavor. And the roasted squash were completely inconsistently cooked, with some parts raw, and others mushy.
The smoked salmon had a lovely color to it, but it too was lacking much flavor.
|Serrano Ham & Fontina Risotto Croquettes.|
This was the best bite of the evening. A nice crispy exterior, gooey, cheesy inside. Not too oily, nice cheese flavor, little bit of salt and flavor from the ham. Not wonderful, but the best thing I had all night, by far.
I raved about these to others, and was surprised when they had some, seemed totally unimpressed, and didn't ooze cheese everywhere like mine had. I went back for another later on in the evening, and like everyone else's, mine didn't leave with me strings of cheese hanging out of my mouth. The second one was mediocre at best. Sigh.
|Niman Ranch Sliders with Bleu Cheese & Caramelized Onions.|
I gleefully joined in the attacking of the servers as they walked in, and scored my very own slider. It ... wasn't good.
The brioche bun was a nice touch, but the meat itself was very overcooked, barely warm, and had a really strange taste to it. Not gamey exactly, but something just wasn't right. The blue cheese was pretty lost in it, and the few shreds of onion that existed weren't particularly caramelized.
This *could* have been good, it certainly had the pedigree of something tasty, but it fell very short.
|Wild Mushroom Empanadas baked in gorgonzola pastry with red pepper chimichurri.|
Unlike the croquette, this was super oily. All I could taste was the oil. The filling was mushroomy, but not particularly well seasoned. And the shell, ugh, seriously, so oily. And like the spring rolls, the tiny bit of sauce (in this case, red pepper chimichurri) was totally insufficient.
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Papas Bravas with meyer lemon aioli.
Meh. Just slices of potato, on a skewer. Slightly spicy. I rubbed mine in the aioli on the platter, but it didn't really taste like anything. Noticing a theme here?
|Mini Pecan Pie with Vanilla Bean Mascarpone.|
Not in this case.
The tart shell was soggy and flavorless. There was barely any pie filling in it, just a few pieces of chopped up pecans with a tiny bit of slightly sweet filling. Sigh. I didn't taste a hint of vanilla in the mascarpone, nor could I have told you it was mascarpone rather than whipped cream.
Even the dessert-o-holic in me couldn't find a single thing good about this, and I tried several, even scooping out just the insides in order to get a tasty bite.
|Chocolate Truffle Cups with Crystalized Ginger Macadamia Praline.|
The shell was unremarkable chocolate. The filling, not creamy, nor chocolately, nor notable in any way. The topping ... was just soggy. I had no idea what it was. I didn't taste ginger nor macadamia. I laughed when I went and read the catering purchase order later and saw the description. I'd have never, ever guessed what the topping was supposed to be. As you can probably guess, I was not impressed.