A SPRING EVENING IN FRANCE… A BOYS & GIRLS CLUB FUNDRAISER


What an exciting Wednesday we had!

THE MILLER FAMILY AND CHEF CLAY, (CLAY GREENHAW), DONATED A DINNER PREPARED AND SERVED AT OUR HOME ON AMELIA ISLAND TO BENEFIT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF NASSAU COUNTY.

A Spring Evening in France photo by Kathy Miller

The original theme was “an around the world” dinner party for 8 at the Miller family home, prepared and served by Clay Greenhaw and the Miller Family.

Due to some French Connections we decided to present “A Spring Evening In France” instead. Our wonderful guests, Charlie and Cathy Thiaville, Sue Braddock and Rick and Joanne Astor joined Clara, Dave and me for a 7 course French inspired meal paired with some lovely french wines.

The invitation read Monsier and Madame, Thank you for supporting the Boys And Girls Clubs of Nassau County!

It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you here tonight.

And now, we invite you to relax, let us pull up a chair, as the dining room proudly presents your dinner!

Be our guest, The Millers Clay Greenhaw, Claymaker

Menu A Spring Evening in France photo by Kathy Miller

The table was set…Each guest/couple received an original painting of  The Eiffel Tower from yours truly. (Kathy Miller)  

Chef Clay (right) and James Miller assistant extraordinaire…

Clay Greenhaw, chef and James Miller helper photo by Kathy Miller

Clay Greenhaw is an award winning media creative director specializing in video production, post production,  and visual effects.  Clay created the memorable Boys & Girls Club video  It Just Takes Onefor our local B&G Club.    

When Clay isnt producing film and television, he pursues epicurean adventures in his home kitchen.Drawing inspiration from names like Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Joel Robuchon, Ina Garten and Martha Stewart, Clay brings restaurant magic to the home, with thematic flares and sparkly elegance.Among his specialties are white truffle risotto and Grand Marnier creme brûlée.

   Last minute instructions!

Last minute instructions photo by Kathy Miller   

Prepping with specialty herbs and micro greens…

Specialty herbs and micro greens photo by Kathy Miller

Beautiful specialty onions and leeks…

Beautiful specialty onions and leeks photo by Kathy Miller

Clay describes his menu as Classic flavors of a Parisian Bistro, with a modern twist.

The first course…

SEASONAL CANAPÉS

Chilled White Asparagus, Pickled Red Onion,  Hard Cooked Egg Yolk, Caviar

Clay placing the caviar just so…

Clay placing the cavier just so photo by Kathy Miller

We enjoyed the canapés on our screened porch overlooking the marsh. The canapés were paired with champagne…A.J. de Margerie “Cuvée Spéciale” Champagne, NV

White Asparagus with Cavier photo by Kathy Miller

Second course

“ARTICHAUTS À LA BARIGOULE”

Pan-Roasted Fish, Artichoke Ravioli,

Basil, Crispy Artichoke Heart

Paired with a white bordeaux…Château Montet, Bordeaux, 2020

The ravioli was delicious !

Artichauts a la Barigoule photo by Kathy Miller

LE HOMARD  (Lobster)

Morels, Sorrel, Green Asparagus,

Vin Jaune “Buerre Blanc”

This was a divine course and to finish we placed the micro greens in the sauce…a great way to eat every bite!

Paired with Pascal Jolivet “Les Franches, Sancerre, 2020   (We all loved this one)

Homard, lobster with morels, sorrel, and green asparagus photo by Kathy Miller

A Spring Evening in France Dinner Party photo by Kathy Miller

“SOUP A L’OIGNON, GRATINÉE”

Consommé, Caramelized Shallot,

“Gougère”, Cipollini, Thyme

Paired with “Antonin Rodet Domaine de la Bressande”, Mercury, 2018 a Pinot Noir from Burgandy

Before the consommé… 

the Gougère (cheese puffs) were also delicious…

Soup a L'Oignon before the liquid photo by Kathy Miller

With the  consommé

Soup a L'Oignon Gratinee photo by Kathy Miller

Joanne and Rick Astor, Sue Braddock photo by Kathy Miller

Cathy and Clara photo by Kathy Miller

“DUO DE “STEAK FRITES”

Seared Onglet, Beurre Maître d’Hôtel, Purée de Pommes de Terre

Wagyu Tartare, Quail Egg, Potato “Mille-Feuilles”

Paired with Château Tronquoy-Lalande, Saint-Estèphe, 2015

Onglet is the french version of hangar steak.  And yes those quail eggs were delicious!

Duo De "Steak Frites" photo by Kathy Miller

LE FROMAGE

Chèvre, Pistachio Butter,

Baby Lettuces, Micro Greens

Paired with Domaine Brusset Vielles Vignes, Cairanne, 2019

A little side note about Chèvre,  chèvre in French means goat.  In this case we are talking about goat cheese.  A lesson for you…if you say le chèvre you are talking about the masculine form meaning cheese (goat).  If you say la chèvre you are speaking of the feminine form meaning goat the lovable animal….so be careful whether you add a le or la!

And the nuts are candied pistachios!

Le Fromage photo by Kathy Miller

and the Pièce de Résistance

“PINTEMPS AU JARDIN”

Basil Merengue, Strawberries, Raspberry Coulis,

“Fraises de Bois” Sorbet, Purple Basil Blossoms

Printemps Au Jardin photo by Kathy Miller

Our wonderful aides de camp of the kitchen.  

Thank you Carrie and James Miller for your hard work, helping Clay, serving, sommelier, washing dishes and everything you did to make a special night and to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club.  

(Also they are new parents to Parks David Miller who was just 6 weeks old).

Carrie and James happy helpers photo by Kathy Miller

And a round of applause to Clay Greenhaw!  Thank you for your sparkles and enthusiasm and of course your culinary talent!

Chef Clay with Carrie and James photo by Kathy Miller

The Chef photo by Kathy Miller

The biggest round of applause to Charlie and Cathy Thiaville and Sue Braddock for purchasing the dinner with proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club Nassau! Donated by: Dave & Kathy Miller, Clara Miller, James & Carrie Miller, & Clay Greenhaw 

  Kathy Miller and Clay Greenhaw photo by Kathy Miller

This year’s 15th ANNUAL BENEFIT FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF NASSAU COUNTY  is now upon us!

WHERE****The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida

WHEN****Sunday, April 10, 2022 5-8:30PM

Check out the fabulous silent auction items here at WWW.QTEGO.NET/QLINK/BGCNASSAU to bid on exciting Trips & Resorts, Hotels & Vacation Home, Local Adventures, Art, Wine & Dine packages, Jewelry, Autographed Memorabilia and more!

No need to be present to win.  The silent auction is conducted by registering your cell phone number.

This is your chance to own one of my favorite paintings!  And you will be helping the kids in our county!

I am donating a painting from my Hydrangea series.

“Hydrangea Love”

12″x12″ Acrylic on Canvas

Framed, Wood silver leaf, 1 1/2″  Canvas floater

Starting bid $400

Hydrangea Love II original Acrylic painting by Kathy Miller

The auction is up and running so register now and start bidding!

Easy!

GET READY TO BID…IT’S FOR THE KIDS!

Come celebrate with me.  I’ll save you a seat at the table.

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