A chef. A home dining room. A five-course meal. Wine. Conversation. If that sounds like your idea of a wonderful evening, then we have someone and something to introduce to you.
Please meet Chef Debora Dividino, a chef who is catering a monthly intimate gourmet dinner party at her home. Her concept, called Share The Chef, was inspired by an NY-based chef friend hosting dinners in her Brooklyn apartment. With no more than 10-people at each dinner, it is not only a unique opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal complete with wine pairings but also to meet new people and engage in quality dinner conversation. It is as much about the food, as it is a way to bring people together to connect in real life.
Chef Dividino always uses seasonal ingredients, purchased fresh from the green market the day of each dinner. While she loves to infuse some of her Brazilian heritage into many dishes, Chef Dividino embraces spices and flavors from all over the globe. And, the menu changes for each dinner depending on the seasonal availability and freshness of ingredients.
Our dinner was all about Autumn. Each course was presented as a small plate, allowing diners to go through all the courses without getting stuffed.
The first course was fig bruschetta featuring thinly sliced fresh fig, with goat cheese and balsamic reduction.
The second course was a vegetarian artichoke lasagna in a bechamel sauce.
Course number three was short ribs in a red wine reduction with kale, and pureed farofa, a Brazilian root vegetable.
Our fourth course was fresh-made roasted butternut squash ravioli made with the Brazilian cheese catupiry in brown butter topped with fried sage.
And last but not least we capped off the meal with dessert. A poached Bosc pear in caramel sauce sprinkled with micro mint paired with a glass of port wine.
It was a delightful evening. We met new people while enjoying good food and wine.
Chef Dividino posts the dates of the dinner parties on her Share The Chef Facebook Page. Be sure to give it a Like so you can be in the know and snag a reservation for her next gathering.