I recently sent this email to Chef Laurence to thank her for my wonderful birthday party...
The two Market Forays classes I shared with you in 2009 were two great days in my life!! I was a friend at your table, (and my husband Jim and BFF Aletha) and it was LOVE at first bite for all of us experiencing your “almost visceral passion for fresh, high quality ingredients.” It was SO much fun gathering those wonderful ingredients for your inspired and sometimes ad hoc menus for our meals. We started the mornings with the fish guy, followed by visits to the cheese and chocolate shops and Santa Barbara’s world-renowned Farmers Market. The day’s events were captured perfectly in the definition of your company name Market Foray(s), noun: a daring sortie, reconnaissance, or adventure, usually for the purpose of (delicious) plunder:-)!
Fast forward to July 2, 2011 for my fabulous fifty birthday party and I knew exactly how I wanted to celebrate. Location: The Santa Barbara area, one of my favorite places in the world. Caterer: Chef Laurence, one of my favorite chefs in all the world:-). Event: To share with my family and friends the experience of enjoying the wonderful food you cook which is offered with warmth and true hospitality. Well, the rest as they say is history.
From the moment the “surprise” location was revealed on our arrival to Roblar Winery a beautiful evening began full of perfect (delicious) plunder with an added dash of wonderful and a sprinkle of magic:-). The menu with the Roblar Wine parings was simply sublime with a touch of divine and it was LOVE at first bite for all 26 of us who were friends at your table. The coursed tasting menu was lovely from the starter of local halibut poached in shellfish broth, saffron nage, tomato confetti, basil chiffonade and lemon-garlic aioli croutons to the last of three dessert courses that we danced our way through (literally!) of assorted chocolate truffles and cognac! If only we could rewind the movie and play it all over again! What a memorable feast!
Thank you for your generosity and kindness as well as Brian with Roblar Winery and both your teams with helping to make the evening a complete success. It was very special having the party at Roblar and our guests enjoyed visiting the winery and spending time with you in the kitchen for a “mini forays” moment on how to prepare the Provencale Tomatoes.
Jim and Aletha were in cohoots planning my celebration and they shared with me how you gave them complete trust with the party, and they were both able to relax and enjoy the evening too. As you know our company specializes in international corporate incentive and special events and this was the greatest gift for all of us.
Again, many thanks Laurence and we look forward to connecting with you soon, certainly well before my 100th birthday!
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