Whether its school or work, its no fun getting back into the swing of the week. And to be sure, the more fun the proceeding weekend is, the worse the following Monday tends to be.
We arrive and not only is there a spread of delectable plates and Stevie Wonder blaring on the stereo but sure enough, Christy, Ade and Melissa are all dressed in black & white polka dot ensembles. They assured us it was a complete coincidence. This may seem like a minor detail and an entirely unnecessary detail for a food blog, but for ButterDate, this detail encapsulates this dinner party's ethos: This is a fun bunch. Stylish and food-minded? These are my people.
What I love in particular about the Bay Area potluck's I've been to is that there are as many dishes from local eateries as there are home crafted dishes. People bring what they can, even if that means buying it from the corner store.
Chunky, homemade guacamole along with charcuterie from Cheese Plus started the night's festivities. Beretta wood fired pizza paired well with Andrew's home grown garden vegetable salad. The main focus though was Mel's heirloom panzanella and Christy's BBQ chicken. Yum!
I was craving the Salvadorean street food, elote loco (crazy corn) so made that and an old dinner party standard, gorganzola stuffed figs.
For dessert, a homemade blackberry/nectarine crumble with cinnamon & pistachio ice cream from neighborhood favorite, Xanath on Valencia was the perfect summertime finish.
I could get used to more Mondays like this!