Dinner parties to be auctioned at AOTW

Published 2:01 am Saturday, September 4, 2010

The three couples are donating dinner parties for eight to be auctioned at this year’s Art Off the Wall. (See related story)

Buon appetito! Agros to serve Italian

Dr. Angelo and C.J. Agro haven’t finalized their menu, but will serve an Italian dinner.

C.J. and Angelo Agro

“We typically like to serve traditional Sicilian fare, adapted and updated by using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients,” Dr. Agro said. “An example might be Pasta con Salsa Fresca — pasta with freshly prepared sauce made on the spot from scratch, and then incorporating perhaps the best available herbs, zucchini or eggplant from the garden or fresh market.”

Like all of the events offered, the dinner is to be held at a time mutually agreed upon by the Agros and the person purchasing the dinner party.

¡Comer con gusto! Birks plan Argentinian fare

People who’ve had the pleasure of having dinner with Eleonora and Rainer Birk rave over the empanadas.

Eleonora and Rainer Birk

An empanada is made by folding a pastry dough around a meat or vegetable stuffing. They can be baked or fried. And while Mrs. Birk, who is a member of the LAAC board, hasn’t finalized her menu, she promises to serve empanadas.

“It will be an Argentinian dinner, grilling something, and yes, we’ll have empanadas,” Mrs. Birk said of the dinner party for eight she and her husband are contributing to the Art Off the Wall auction.

Bon appetite! Gerlachs plan Creole theme

Tommy Gerlach is famous for changing the menu on a whim, but he thinks he’ll probably prepare Pecan-crusted grouper with a meuniere sauce for the main entree of the Creole-themed dinner party for eight he and his wife, Michele, are donating for the Art Off the Wall auction.
But, hey. If the person who bids prefers gumbo, that’s OK, too.

Gerlach spent his career in the restaurant and country club business. Mrs. Gerlach said she learned to cook when someone didn’t show up for work.

Michele and Tommy Gerlach

“I’m responsible for dessert because he doesn’t like to bake,” she said. “My contribution will likely be cheesecake, creme brulee or bread pudding.”