Tuesday, September 29, 2009

community

there are obviously quite a few things that i've been processing about and have not been writing about. a dead giveaway are easy breezy blog postings.....you know....the postings that just kind of skip along from one food topic to another....but not really saying anything about what i am thinking, feeling, or experiencing. sometimes i don't say anything because i don't know how to verbalize it. sometimes i don't say anything because things are too raw. sometimes, my superstitious self, believes that by writing things down....and drawing attention to them...that vengeful and envious gads will swoop down to take it all away.

how i feel really does depend on the day.

today, i feel quite humble. quite humbled by the community of loved ones that i am very fortunate to be a part of. over the past few weeks i have had many opportunities to spend time and catch up with many loved ones.....laughing....in some cases weeping....in other cases cringing as i face certain relative truths that i had not been facing....but always feeling fortunate.

today, i received a note in the mail...

which hearkens to another era. there is something about a hand written note that is very different than an email. it was a note from BF about our brunch at beretta and had some kind words in it. even without the note, i know how lucky i am to have met BF and DB and fully aware of the influence that they have upon my life. also, this past sunday, a group of us met up for dinner. everyone that attended contributed a different component to the dinner....whether it was providing the locale......


admiring, prepping, and making the food....









(btw: this is the best friend making a yummy warm spinach, red pepper, and mushroom salad)




or bringing some wonderful stinky cheese....


bringing and sipping the wine......


it really was a community effort.

i pretty much ran around taking pictures....and being delighted at all of the potential culinary deliciousness that was going around around me. these days, i find taking pictures to be very important, particularly when complex dishes such as grilled pork confit, roasted figs, and rice soubise....


are on the menu (this was CK and LM's contribution)....or the bay area public debut tasting of the best friend's dad's homemade wine...

or having AB's lovely pear cardamom upside down cake.....


with bay laurel caramel, freshly made mascarpone, and small glass of sherry. no i don't have a picture of her final plating, but i bet you can go to nopa and see it for yourself if you want. i think this is currently on the menu.

the food was amazing.

yet what was even more amazing was the company. here was a group of people from various backgrounds that all had a shared appreciation of the food as well as a clear awareness of the effort and the complexities of the meal in front of us. we enjoyed the food....absolutely....yet, there were also the passionate discussions, laughter, and the camaraderie that comes with confidence in who we are....and what we bring to the table.

i think this sunday dinner experience as well as the experiences with additional loved ones over the past few weeks has made me very contemplative about community, what community means to me, and how it feels to be in the company of a community that consists of passionate, driven, and intelligent people.

it feels quite humbling.

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