Let's Cook and Share A Slow Meal: Tapas!
By Peg Champion
A beautiful Russian River spring green landscape fairly glowed outside the kitchen windows, as eight SFRRchapter members gathered on a Sunday afternoon to prepare a Slow tapas meal at the home of Marcia and Chuck Lavine.
The convivial guests, who chatted and sipped Spanish wines while they chopped, sautéed, roasted and bakedincluded: Peg Champion, Kate Hendricks, Ken and Liz Meyerhoff, Linda Peterson and Brad Whitworth.
The abundant alfresco menu began with tapas "appetizers" of seasoned olives, Manchego cheese with quince preserves, roasted asparagus with Serrano ham,and a spinach and mushroom tortilla, both paired withAlbarino wine.
While enjoying the Sebastopol sunset, diners sampled patates bravas with a tomato aioli dip, meatballs in almond sauce, fennel and orange salad, grilled Monterey sardines in lemon and herbs, chickpea and chorizo, and steamed mussels with a crusty bread for dipping, all paired with Rioja and Tempranillo wines. Dinner concluded at a table indoors, with a traditional flan and Fino Sherry wine.
Everyone joined in for a quick and easy cleanup, then the grateful guests thanked their hosts for a wonderful evening, calling "Buenas noches!" as they strolled into the night.
If you would like to host a Slow Meal in your home, contact the SFRR Cook-In Team: