Christine, organizer of the knitting group at ECC, has been raving for years about the amazing "tea" put on by her friend Judy Sagami, and for her birthday, she organized a tea for a group of friends and co-workers.
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The food that Judy creates is simply amazing! The savory course consisted of 5 sushi-sized tidbits of pure creativity. This is not sushi (it is not based on rice), and it is a wonderful cross of Asian and European tastes. Just for one example, the cucumber wrap in the picture had goat cheese inside and tomatoes on top. There was a sort of gyoza, a sort of mini-Vietnamese spring roll, and a combo of lotus root (renkon) with beef brisket.
This was followed by a dessert course that out-did the savory course, as if that were possible! Each guest received a plate of 5 different dessert bites. A mother and baby bunny made of strawberries and white chocolate? A mini apple pie with a rose made out of dried apple? Who could imagine such things?
And because our time was sadly limited, a favor box with two kinds of scone/biscotti type cookies, with actual live roses stuffed with maybe honey butter and apricot jam? Oh. my. goodness. Pure genius!
Christine and her son Eden served, and modest chef-genius Judy Sagami had to be coerced into having her picture taken.