Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Meals on Wheels

This past Sunday, The Baker and I attended


a celebration of, and fund raiser for,
Meals on Wheels.

For many seniors, M.O.W. is the one contact they can count on to bring them nourishment for their bodies and their souls.

On this occasion, they could also count on the local food industry from chefs to servers all doing their part with joy in their hearts and a smile on their faces.

Somehow it all came together for about 450 guests to enjoy a perfectly prepared and served meal that left all of us with a smile on our faces--and desiring a late Sunday afternoon nap!!

This vegetable, melon and fruit sculpture was a show stopper!

Getting acquainted around the hors d'oeuvres table.  What a joy to meet so many people that keep this organization going.

We were all M.O.W.!

A bellini for me.

The Baker's roasted red pepper soup.

Hors d'oeuvres sampler:
Duck Galantine
Maki Rolls
Crunch Asian Slaw
Shrimp and Artichoke Vol-au-vent
Alsatian Onion Tart

Ruben's Taco Salad

Seafood Course
Halibut with an Amaretto Orange Beurre Blanc

Meat Course
Petite Tender Steak and Herb Roasted Chicken
Parsnip Puree
Baby Roasted Vegetables
Exotic Mushroom Pancetta Thyme Butter

Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake 
with Caramel Sauce
Coconut Panna Cotta
with Pineapple Infused Fruits

Warm Capriotada (aka bread pudding)
from Chefs Heade and Preciado
Abuelo's Restaurant

Note:  I have not made this recipe yet.  I share it untested but enjoyed personally!

1/2 pound of French bread cut into 1/2 pieces
6 eggs
2 c. whole milk
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
1 small can evaporated milk
1 c. sugar
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup raisans
1/4 cup pecan pieces

1.  Toast bread in a preheated 350 degree oven until golden brown--about ten minutes.
2.  In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, condensed milk, evaporated milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla and mix well.  Stir in the toasted bread, raisins and pecans.  Allow to stand five minutes until the bread absorbs some of the liquid.
3.  Place into a baking pan large enough to hold it and place that pan into another pan filled with enough water to come halfway up the side.
4.  Bake at 350 for approximately one hour.  Check for doneness by inserting a knife into the center.  It should come out dry.
5.  Serve with a creme anglais or slightly sweetened whipped cream.



  1. Now, that's an event I would love to attended with you, Bonnie!! Oh, my goodness... a nap would certainly be in order after all that goodness. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I do love bread pudding... and, most everything else! LOL! blessings ~ tanna

  2. Meals on Wheels is a great thing. I use to deliver them years ago.

  3. What a perfect way to enjoy delicious food and help the community. You and the baker are so so cool.


  4. this bread freak is in love with the bread dessert at the end and also with that sculpture.Wow on the MOW

  5. Wow, what an incredible event that was. Such beautiful and delicious-looking food.

    I think Meals on Wheels is an awesome organization.

  6. DIvine!!!! My son in law is a PharmD too!
    : ) K

  7. This looks elegant and delicious!! Who were the people who were invited? Was it all people who do the MOW? Our church is heavily involved in this, it is such a GOOD thing! Have you ever done it?

  8. What a beautiful event. That food sculpture is amazing and is all of the dishes you enjoyed.

  9. It's a great organization and it sounds like you had a fun time!

  10. Sounds like a great event and looks like you ate very well:@)

  11. Wow what a medley of food! Beautifully photographed too. Meals on wheels is such a wonderful service for so many. Glad you could be a part of that.

  12. That is such a great service to so many that are shut in.

    The Halibut looks so good!

  13. Great looking food and for a great cause.

  14. This is one of my favorite organizations, and now I know that they know how to throw a great party.

  15. Wow! Amazingly good looking food =) That sculpture is amazing too!

    I have considered volunteering for MOW since I stopped working full-time...it's a wonderful service.

  16. oh my gosh I am so hungry after reading this post! Wow, the food looks amazing

  17. wow...it sounds like u had a great fun....everything looks delectable....i loved the sculpture made of melon !


  18. What a fabulous event and for such a great cause. So many people depend on MOW. My father-in-law did and they came in so handy when he lived alone and didn't feel up to making his own meal.

  19. What a wonderful event! I used to deliver meals-on-wheels. I enjoyed my short visits with the lovely people on my route. For many, I was the only one that visited all week. Thanks so much for your kind comments about Carson. Maybe when she is old enough she will be on American Idol. :) Carla

  20. It sounds like you shared a wonderful meal while benefiting a great organization.

  21. wowsa wowsa! Thats a beautiful event, the dishes were amazing!
    That recipe sound s delicous, we are bread pudding fans in this house but this is a lovely posh one, ours is always tail ends of bread and just milk egg and sugar,,vanilla and a bit of butter,, this ones sounds wonderful!
    The scupture is a work of art for sure.


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