I could never be a vegetarian. Don’t get me wrong – I like vegetables, but I like meat and fish. And while I’ll have meatless meals on Fridays during Lent, I generally opt for some meat or fish in each meal. So, generally, when I hear of vegetarian restaurants or events, I take a pass on them. Until last week.
Every other Sunday I attend a private dinner meetup hosted by a chef in her home. She has made some outstanding meals including a homemade Pasta Bolognese (that I still think about), duck with black summer truffle risotto and one meal based around several dishes with octopus in them. Since I know and love her cooking, I decided it was worth it to try her most recent event, an all vegetarian meal.
First, let me share a little about the chef, Marianne. After a career in manufacturing, Marianne decided to go to culinary school. She earned her degree from Le Cordon Bleu Boston and works at a restaurant and for a caterer. She decided to host these meetups as a way to perfect her recipes and her culinary point of view. When I think of Marianne and her cooking, I come to the conclusion that she is a very thoughtful chef.
Her approach to cooking did not change with the lack of a meat or fish. Her dishes were delicate but flavorful and celebrated the vegetables. It was not vegetarian dishes attempting to mimic meat dishes.
Here’s what Marianne made for us:
The answer? A resounding yes. I was more than satisfied with this meatless feast!