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Feast Forward, Saturday April 29

Dinner at DebS is once again participating in this Fun Fundraiser – Save the date!

On Saturday, April 29th, Dinner at DebS is hosting a dinner party to benefit Forward Theater Company as part of their Feast Forward fundraising event, and we hope you’ll join us!

In the spirit of their “Around the World” theme, we’re going to explore small plates with different national origins, paired with fine wines.

We’ll be sending out invitations with a link to donate to Forward Theater Company online or by mail (suggested $50 – $150 per person) soon. You can RSVP now and donate later by filling out this form. Funds raised will go towards the company’s outstanding artistic and outreach programming.

Following the 6:00 pm dinner at DebS, we’ll gather at Overture Center with the hundreds of others who have been enjoying dinners all over the city for dessert, a silent auction, and an original Vaudeville show highlighting the sweetness of coming home.

Forward Theater Company is Madison’s professional theater company in residence at Overture Center. They perform the best of modern theater that includes regional premieres, shows straight from Broadway, and other intellectually and emotionally engaging works that Madison audiences wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to see. They value connecting with their audiences, serving our community by regularly partnering with other well-regarded non-profit organizations to serve broader audiences, and employing outstanding theater professionals who make their homes in our area. And, they’re doing it all while building a fiscally strong and sustainable foundation.

Winter Holiday Dessert Buffet

You’re invited to Dinner at DebS for an indulgent Dessert Buffet

Sunday February 19th, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM

Strategically located after Valentine’s Day and just before Presidents’ Day and Mardi Gras, we’ll be serving up an assortment of sweet treats representing many of the cold season holidays, such as salted chocolate caramel tart, Mardi Gras King Cake, and of course, something cherry for George Washington.

There’ll also be baby tarts, cookies, meringues,  and other small sweets (some gluten-free), Hot Chocolate with real whipped cream, coffee & tea, and other non-alcoholic beverages. If you’d like to sip a dessert wine, or add a shot of whiskey to your hot beverage, please bring the spirits yourself).

If you’d like to join us for dessert, please make a reservation by filling out this form. We’ll respond with a confirmation message with everything you need to know to get your desserts.

The deadline to sign up online is Thursday February 16th.

Please contact your host, DebS, by email at ds83473@gmail, or by phone, 608-712-6368, if you miss the deadline to sign up, or have any other questions.

Thanks and see you at the table!

Feast Forward – 6:30 PM May 7, 2016

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Join Dinner at DebS in supporting Forward Theater Company!

I’m hosting a dinner party to benefit Forward Theater Company on Saturday, May 7th, as part of their Feast Forward fundraising event, and hope you’ll join me!
In the spirit of the movie theme, I’ll be serving a gourmet movie food spread including truffle oil popcorn, nachos, mini pizzas, and more!

Please use this link to send your donation of $50 – $150 per person to secure your spot.

Funds raised will go towards the company’s outstanding artistic and outreach programming.

Following the 6:30 pm dinner at my house, we’ll gather at Overture Center with the hundreds of others who have been enjoying dinners all over the city for dessert, a silent auction*, and an original flick-inspired Vaudeville show.

*Hamilton Silent Auction Package!
The Act II silent auction is your chance to experience the Hamilton phenomenon in Chicago with two house seats and a backstage tour with a starring member of the cast on a mutually convenient date in Fall 2016 or Spring 2017.

All proceeds directly benefit Forward Theater’s productions and outreaching programming.

Forward Theater Company is Madison’s professional theater company in residence at Overture Center. They perform the best of modern theater that includes regional premieres, shows straight from Broadway, and other intellectually and emotionally engaging works that Madison audiences wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to see. They value connecting with their audiences (especially through our talk backs after every production), serving our community by regularly partnering with other well-regarded non-profit organizations to serve broader audiences, and employing outstanding theater professionals who make their homes in our area. And, they’re doing it all while building a fiscally strong and sustainable foundation.

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Soup, beautiful soup

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Dinner at DebS is back for 2016, with a warming Sunday Supper featuring soup, breads, and salads.

Join us on Sunday January 31st, at 6:30 pm. for the following menu:

Your choice of split pea with ham soup or vegan/vegetarian Italian wedding soup – greens, vegetable broth, and tofu nut balls. If you are not vegan, enjoy this soup with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

To go with the soup, we’ll have a variety of breads: rosemary focaccia, yeasted corn bread, and perhaps a baguette or two will make an appearance. There’ll be butter, cheeses, and other toppings to spread on the bread.

A salad of spinach & other hardy winter greens and roasted cauliflower and parsley salad will round out the meal, and there’s sure to be a cookie or two for a sweet finish.

If you’d like to join us for soup, please make a reservation by filling out this form. The deadline to sign up online is Wednesday January 27th.

Please contact your host, DebS, by email at ds83473@gmail, or by phone, 608-712-6368, if you miss the deadline to sign up, or have any other questions.

Thanks and see you at the table!

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Seasonal Sunday Suppers

You’re invited to DebS for a series of homey, comfy, Sunday Suppers, featuring seasonal foods, as we lighten up into spring and almost-summer time.

Pick your favorite menu – or more than one! And sign up using this form – also under Contact Us, above. The deadline to sign up is the Friday before each dinnerDinner 1,  April 26 cancelled; Dinner 2 – May 10,  sign up by May 8; and Dinner 3 – May 24, sign up by May 22.

Please contact your host, DebS, by email at ds83473@gmail, or by phone, 608-712-6368, if you miss the deadline to sign up, or have any other questions.

Thanks and see you at the table!

Dinner 1 – April 26

Cancelled due to low enrollment
See you at the next dinner!

  • Roasted root vegetables on a pillow of whipped goat cheese, with herbs & micro greens
  • Individual chicken pot pie or vegetable pot pie – savory meat and vegetables  under a golden pastry dome
  • Green beans almondine (or other vegetable, if something looks good at the market!)
  • Chocolate mousse served with whipped cream and Langues de chat – thin crispy cookies

Dinner 2 – May 10 – Special Mother’s Day edition!

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  • To begin: paté platter a la Cafe Flora – lentil-pecan paté, chicken liver paté, red onion confit, olives, pickles, breads
  • Your choice of broiled Salmon or Black Bean Cakes, served with cucumber dill sauce and lemon and lime wedges
  • Potato gnocchi with browned butter
  • Leafy salad – fresh greens, maybe asparagus, with a tangy, dried cranberry vinaigrette
  • Eton mess – strawberries & cream with crumbled meringues thrown in – we’ll be using the UK National Gallery’s recipe – rated in the top 3!

Dinner 3 – May 24, the night before Memorial Day

  • Chips & salsa
  • Carnitas – Locally raised pork, slow roasted with chiles
  • Chile-roasted carrots and new potatoes
  • Served with pickled onion and radish slaw
  • Frieda Kahlo’s “Mexican flag” rice – green, white, and red
  • Fresh, homemade, flour tortillas for wrapping it all up in
  • Blueberry pie with cinnamon ice cream

(Post) Valentine’s Dessert Buffet

Cookies, tarts, bundt cake, hand dipped chocolates and more
Cookies, tarts, bundt cake, hand dipped chocolates and more

Join us for a Sunday afternoon dessert buffet

February 15th, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM

Chase away the winter blues with a cozy afternoon of desserts and warm beverages. All your special someones are welcome, including kids.

We’ll have key lime pie with a gingersnap crust, caramelized nut tart, hot chocolate with real whipped cream, cookies (maybe Dorie’s jammers, top left above, or ruggelach, or, or, or … the possibilities are endless!) hand-dipped chocolates and other confections, and all sorts of tempting treats, including gluten-free choices, and a few that are not so sweet  – cut small, so you can try a lot!

NEW – because it’s almost Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday/paczki day – we’ll be sure to have King Cake!

2007 King Cake, not too long post-Katrina
2007 King Cake, not too long post-Katrina

We’ll serve everything buffet style, so stop in any time between 4:00 and 7:00.

If you’d like to have a glass of wine or spirits with your cake, please bring that yourself – non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

If you’d like to come for dessert, please RSVP by filling out this form. The deadline to sign up online is Friday February 13th. Please contact your host, Deb, by phone, 608-712-6368 or email, ds83473@gmail.com  if you miss the deadline or have any questions.

Thanks!

 

Mad Men Cocktail Party

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Celebrate National Food Day by raising a glass, Mad Men style! Food Day’s intent is to get people talking about food and food policy and eating real food – perfect cocktail party fare!

Friday October 24th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Join us for a giddy array of drinks and snacks, with your ’60s-style favorites updated, made with real, UN-processed ingredients

  • Assorted canapes – small savory bites of cheeses, vegetables, and smoked fish piled onto bread and melba toasts
  • Swedish meatballs – no explanation required!
  • Shrimp cocktail
  • Potato chips with caramelized onion dip (no soup mix here) and crudites
  • Baby cheesecakes, topped with cherries
  • Rocky Road Brownies

If you’d like to come to the party, please RSVP on this form (also under Contact Us, above). The deadline to sign up online is Wednesday, October 22 at 5:00 PM. Please contact your host, Deb, by phone (608-712-6368) or email if you miss the deadline, or if you have any questions.

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Feast Forward

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To benefit the Forward Theater Company, Dinner at DebS is hosting a dinner party on Saturday, October 11th as part of their Feast Forward fundraising event.

In the spirit of the Feed Me a Story theme inspired by Forward Theater’s popular bi-annual Monologue Festival Out of the Fire: The Banned Books Monologues, I’ll be hosting a 1960s themed dinner. My book selection is John Updike’s Rabbit, Run, from the American Library Association’s list of most challenged classics. You’re encouraged to dress the part in your best 1960s attire. You can take a peek at the menu here or just scroll down!

If you’d like to come, please rsvp by filling out this form (also under the Contact Us tab above). Forward Theater will send you a link to make a secure payment of the suggested donation of $50 – $150 per person. All the money raised will go towards the company’s outstanding artistic and outreach programming – I am donating the groceries and my time to prepare the meal.

Following the 6:00 pm dinner, we’ll head down to Overture Center, to join hundreds of others who have been enjoying dinners all over the city, for dessert, a silent auction, and a saucy Vaudeville show.

Menu for Feast Forward

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Appetizers:

  • Assorted canapes – small savory bites of cheeses, vegetables, and smoked fish piled onto bread and melba toasts
  • Swedish meatballs – no explanation required!

And the rest:

Wedge salad with roasted tomato and bleu cheese dressings

Choice of beef or mushroom Wellington – beef tenderloin or mushroom pate wrapped in puff pastry and served with Madeira sauce

Mushy peas – frozen peas mashed with butter and fresh mint – not a traditional 1960s side dish, but consistent with the 1960s spirit, dressing up packaged foods like frozen vegetables

Parker house rolls – soft, pillowy, buttery – Pepperidge Farm was served in my house growing up, but these will be home made.

Dessert:

Served downtown at Overture Center!

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We’ve whipped up something special for you!

 

Summer Small Plates

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Dinner at DebS is bringing back a School Woods favorite:

Summer Small Plates Buffets

Buffet spreads of small dishes – more than snacks, easily a light dinner, featuring seasonal ingredients. There’ll be hot, cold, and crunchy choices, with plenty for both vegetarians and carnivores. And always something sweet.

Strictly B.Y.O.B – We’ll provide the mixers for a cocktail designed to complement the evening’s foods, and make wine suggestions.

Kids welcome!

Served 5:30 – 7:30 on Fridays. The first Buffet will be Friday July 25th – and we’ll try to fit in one or two more in August.

Menu for Buffet #1:

Corn salad – fresh corn sliced off the cob, and tossed with summery ingredients

Tartines – a selection of open face sandwiches: Topped with zucchini “butter” (grated zucchini cooked down gently in olive oil until it’s a delicious spread); honey goat cheese; tomatoes; salami, pickled peppers …

Vegetable platter with hummus and a few pita triangles

Brownies & Blondies & Butterscotch brownies

Platter of summer fruits – berries, melon, whatever’s at its best

Suggested beverages: Aperol or sparkling wine spritzers – you bring the wine, we’ll have ice, glasses, club soda, oranges and lemons, and fruit syrups

If you’d like to come for the buffet, please sign up using this form (also under Contact Us, above). The deadline to sign up online is Wednesday July 23 at 5:00 PM. If you miss the deadline or have any other questions, please contact your host, Deb at 608-712-6368, or ds83473@gmail.com

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