Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Summer Schedule

The Full Belly Seattle is happy to announce our first season of events. Please peruse our Summer Schedule below and let us know as soon as possible which event or events you would like to attend. RSVPs will be collected via email and seating will be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. Events will include two alcoholic beverages, unless otherwise stated. Guests who would like additional beverages are invited to bring their own bottles or make arrangements with the chef. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be provided. All events, unless otherwise specified, will be held at our apartment.

Saturday, June 30, 2007 - Spring into Summer Dinner
Morel, asparagus & ricotta toasts
Summer market greens with shallot vinaigrette
Handmade beet ravioli with creamy ricotta, goat cheese & mint
Chilled green melon soup
Cherry frangipane tart with creme fraiche ice cream
$30 including wine
This event was a smashing success!

Saturday, July 21st, 2007 - French & Moroccan Mid-Summer's Night
Pomegranate champagne cocktail toast
Spiced marcona almonds
Apricot coins with white beans, green olives & peppers
Peach, hazelnut & goat cheese salad
Roast lamb with pistachio-cilantro pesto
Roasted summer vegetables with pistachio-cilantro pesto
Wilted cherry tomatoes with fresh mint
Coffee custard with shaved dark chocolate
$45 including wine
This event has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts :(

Friday, August 24th, 2007 - End of Summer Barbecue
Mozzarella stuffed grilled portobellos with balsamic marinade
Grilled rustic sausage or vegetarian bratwurst
Chipotle baked beans
Sweet corn on the cob with chili-lime aioli
Homemade seasonal ice cream
$20 including beer
(outdoor location to be announced - possibly Volunteer Park)
We've frozen the RSVP list at 20 people for now!

The Full Belly Seattle Is Born

Welcome one and all. You have been sent a link to this blog because someone believes that you too are looking for ways to help make the world a better place. Please continue on and read about our efforts and about some of the fun and easy ways you can contribute!

Olaiya and I have spent many hours discussing how to put our money where our mouth is when it comes to supporting world-changing organizations. The options are so numerous that it can leave a person feeling confused and frustrated. While researching which organization we would support, we looked for a secular non-profit oriented toward helping people from very disadvantaged backgrounds find sustainable solutions to improve their lives. We believe Women for Women is just such an organization.

Our goal is to raise funds through a series of social events and dinners. The proceeds from these affairs will be used to sponsor individual women in war-torn countries throughout the world. Our initial plan will be to host one event per month, inviting our friends and neighbors to join us for satisfying food and conversation, knowing that all the proceeds will make a difference.

We hope that the project grows and becomes more ambitious as time goes by. However we evolve, we would like to keep a consistent set of values. Our goal is to make use of Olaiya's considerable talents in the kitchen, provide vegetarian-friendly meals and tastings, attempt to cater all events with local, organic produce, and keep costs low enough that everyone can participate. We intend to focus on building an ever-increasing sense of community. Our events will not be hard-sells or guilt-wracked discussions of world affairs. We simply want our friends and family (and your friends and family) to come join us for a great time for a great cause.