We have a 'cook' club which is like a book club; the hostess plans the menu and purchases all the ingredients, then we cook together and split the tab; a ton of fun; my turn coming up in Feb. I'm thinking olive oil crackers (homemade) /cheese/fruit starter and either: cioppino or roast beef tenderloin with vinegar/onion sauce (nathalie dupree); I typically don't serve a side with cioppino and serve garlic pasta and roasted broccoli with the beef. Anyone have thoughts or suggestions (on either of these or another dish)? We typically have 8 - 12 guests. Thinking lemon tart (beef) or pears poached in red wine (cioppino) for dessert.