Let's cut to the chase and talk about food. I was going to yada yada about the venue and how nice it was but we'll do that later. Do you mind?
120 square feet of food. A metric boatload of food. Chow till I burst, then chow some more - they make bigger pants. I restrained myself to a tiny portion of everything. Yes, I tried everything over the course of the afternoon.
Some homemade, some store bought. All of it wonderful. I admit not taking notes on who brought what. Presented with all that food, I forgot that I was the "official" reporter. Aplogies in advance to those whose dishes I miss listing below - please, I ask you to help fill in the blanks I leave.
Sandra W Chicken cashew nut curry (homemade), pilau rice, cobblers (blackberry, apple, peach) from The Cobbler Lady
Fred W (Sandra's dad): Apple tart from a la Tarte
Critter Cold sesame noodles
Russkar Homemade baby back ribs, tamales from La Indiana, mushroom ravioli from Pastina w/ russkar's vodka cream sauce, Artichoke fritters
Slow Foodie Espresso brownies
Kriss Reed Jamaican Grill's Jerk Pork
Professor Salt Banh mi from Lee's Sandwiches, homemade Spicy Asian grilled triptip sandwiches
Dommy Homemade cochinita pibil
Rosalee & Jonathon Pineapple upside down cake & spanakopita
Thi N Thai dessert
David Kahn Clementine cupcakes
Chef Lisa 56 Sweet onion pie
DaveT Homemade coconut milk ice cream
TomSwift Kimchee from Typhoon, meatballs from Lawry's, hummus
mandy Mezze platter from Carnival
C.S. Pakistani food from someone down the street
Joe Fensterblaugh: Cheese platter from Picholine
Quiz Wrangler Tamales
Chowpatty Bacon wrapped dates
JudiAu Godmother sandwiches from Bay Cities Deli, cranberry - apple pie
I'd like give special thanks to Quiz Wrangler, who hooked me up with illicit Szechuan peppercorn. My glazed spicy tri tip wouldn't have been the same without it. QW responded last winter to my very first post on Chowhound and offered szechuan peppercorns out of her private stash because they are no longer available in the US. Last week, I contacted her and she was as good as her word. Her generosity was shared with everyone at the Fiesta. Big props to Q-dub for the shizzle in my Asian drizzle.
As others have already written about their favorite foods, I shall mention some I particularly enjoyed, and invite everyone to do the same.
A hound in sprit but not active on this board, Sandra W's dad Fred brought my favorite dessert - a gorgeous apple tart from A la Tarte in Pacific Palisades. Apple slices rendered like rose petals over a vanilla pastry cream, it was almost a shame to cut into, but I did with gusto and it was delicous. I spent some time with Fred, who produced Enter the Dragon, my favorite kung fu film ever. I am glad Fred came.
Chowpatty brought bacon wrapped dates. Are these homemade, Patty? These were intense little bomblets of sweet, smoky, salty, chewy. LOVED these!
I nominate C.S. for the Best Sign award for his "Pakistani food from someone down the street."
Chef Lisa's sweet onion pie went over big at our table. Gurlfren especially liked this.
You've already heard about critter's cold sesame noodles. I think hers was the most carefullly presented dish, served on a platter with skillfully carved kiwi and cukes. Lovely. No surprise after learning that she's a caterer
Joe Fensterblaugh graced us with a big cheese platter sturdily wrapped in plastic wrap. Picture me as a child on Xmas morn, struggling to wrangle wrap to get to to the goods. Joe, do you remember what kinds of cheese were in the kit? They was a Manchego-ish one, a blue cheese of some kind, and a Camembert-ish one.
Apparently shy when it comes to posting on the board, Dave T lets his handiwork do the talking. He described making the coconut milk and lychee ice creamm, and his expertise clearly shows. Thanks, Dave, for the take-home package.
Thi brought a Thai mung bean dessert. I don't know what they're called, but it's a Thai cousin to a Japanese confection called yokan, which is red bean cooked with sugar, then gelled into a thin rectangular cake. At once familiar and exotic to my palate, it's a new thing I learned about and love.
Slow Foodie brought espresso brownies that were as much espresso as brownie. Intense coffee flavor. Although I'm not big on chocolate desserts, I am a coffeehead, so I rather enjoyed them. Thanks, Slow Foodie!
Thanks also to Steve at Broadway 11, who went above and beyond to accomodate us. It's a lovely lounge / bar / karaoke place in Palms. As JudiAU mentioned, he generously waived corkage and even waived his entry fee for several people, which allows us to give more funds to Chowhound.
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Let's not forget that this event was a fundraiser. 35 hounds raised $774. $150 of this came from the generosity of those who donated (and bought) cookbooks in our silent auction. Once again, thanks to all who attended, or expressed interest, but especially to those who couldn't come and contributed anway. You make this community worth all the time we spend here.