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!

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