UG Beta Party

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We had our first Uncouth Gourmands party last night, it was a beta version/test run, and it was a success! We were hoping to bring in people from very different social groups that didn’t know each other to see how they would interact and to see how the food would work if everyone brought in different ingredients. These were the perimeters we gave:

Hello friend and/or stranger,

As you may or may not know, we have begun to work extensively on a new business and want you to be the first to try it out. We will be conducting a test party for our new venture, the Uncouth Gourmands. We are a food club that values good food and good people over good manners and proper etiquette. The party we will be held next Saturday, January 17th, at 7:00pm and will be done at 10:30 pm sharp. It is imperative that each of you arrive alone with no guests and with 3 cooking items. One of the items should be a protein, the other a produce item, and the third is a wild card -it can be anything of your choosing. This will be an experiment and we are dying to see what can be created in this melting pot/potluck situation.

The address of the party is:

Carina’s apartment
(Hey crazy, I am not posting my address on the internet)
Pasadena, CA 91101

We hope you can make it and to find out more about the Uncouth Gourmands you can read our blog at https://uncouthgourmands.wordpress.com/, or you can read our About Us https://uncouthgourmands.wordpress.com/about/, or you can join our online community at http://uncouthgourmands.ning.com/

Again this is a new venture in the beta stage and your participation is greatly appreciated.

As we always say, “plunge. indUlGe. digest.”

Looking forward to seeing you,

Carina Ost and Josie Mora
Founders of the Uncouth Gourmands

So that was our idea and here is what actually happened, the party probably started at 8 and lasted until 1. We set up a UG poster, had Bourdain on mute, an iPod blasting, and had several different stations set up. We had all pantry basics (compiled from Jamie Oliver’s list) on display and for everyone to use, cookbooks on display, computer stations, cutting board and prep tables, and plenty of both white and red sangria for thirsty uncouth gourmands.

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We also had party instructions:
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Of course there were plenty of uncouth moments, like the first spilled drink of the night. Luckily, my most uncouth moment wasn’t caught as I was the genius behind the camera…but if you must know, I dropped a blue cheese knife into the red sangria bowl.

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Okay we are getting to the good stuff…the food. Josie and I introduced ourselves, explained our idea, and that this was an experiment in both psychology and food creation. Then we had everyone tell us their name, their 3 ingredients, and what their last meal would be. We headed to the kitchen and brainstormed, well Josie just started cutting, on how to incorporate all ingredients.

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Here is what was created:

  • Baked Brie with Raspberries and Apricot Preserves
  • Goat Cheese Chilaquiles
  • Italian Sausage, Mushroom, Pepper, and Shallot Rigatoni Bake
  • Pan Fried Broccoli, Bacon, and Shallots
  • Cheesy Bread
  • Fresh Salsa
  • Mint Vegetable Dip
  • Grilled Tofu with Maple Carrots
  • Roasted Sweet Potato Fries
  • Orange, Fried Leek, and Parmesan Salad

The food was delicious but perhaps the greatest contribution from our guests was the feedback and some business brainstorming after everyone filled out a survey.

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Anyway, thanks again to everyone who made it, you made a great meal, and a great party. If you were unable to attend, we still consider you uncouth gourmands and we’ll keep you updated on future events.

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