A Meeting of the Gluttonous Sharpe Tongues Over Bubbles and Eggs

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Muselet chairs, miniature marvels which Christie Wolfe learned how to make over champagne and blackberries in the California garden of Iron Horse's Joy Sterling
Eat, drink and be merry.  That's the idea behind a group of wine and food enthusiasts who gather monthly for gourmet potlucks, replete with the fermented grape.  Last night's raison d'être was vintage champagne and eggs, in honor of Bastille Day.  

"The idea is to get foodies to put their money where their mouths are and to
share their cellar and culinary skills with others who get it," said Jeffrey Wolfe, who actually ran out of the bubbly prior to the event at his eponymous wine shop, owned with wife Christie.

Each guest brings a bottle along with their culinary concoction.  So where then, for folks without home collections, to buy the goods?

"Maybe at one of those other liquor stores," he quipped. 

Speaking of which, I loved the paté of chicken and pork liver with egg gelée that Jerry McGinley brought from Crown Wine & Spirits, but the favorite dish came from Andy and Karen Labarbera who curiously curdled their eggs into a "Chilled Lime Cloud." They now have theme-choosing privileges for the next fête.  Here's this one in pictures. 


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Fill 'er up
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Quail Eggs a la Sweatland ("Tweezers were involved," said David of his and wife Paula's offering of hard boiled quail eggs filled with their yolks and topped with a scrumptious selection of tapenade, truffles and chives, or caviar.)
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Heating up the Ouefs a la Royale en Croute, from Abe Horowitz and Susanna Betancourt
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Major creativity points for the "Chilled Lime Cloud"
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Now that's more like it; repeat x15.
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The entry of yours truly didn't bring home the bacon...
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... but I'll have you know that the effort wasn't lost on a few adoring frisee fans!
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Perfect poach (if I do say so myself!)
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Bacon was a popular ingredient, like in Andrea Hillsey's bacon and leek quiche, one of my faves
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Andrea in the foreground, while future winner Andy peruses the buffet
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Left to right: Andrea Hillsey, Brian Grandison, Paula and David Sweatland and Jeffrey Wolfe
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Taittinger was a favorite of Ian Fleming's literary James Bond, while Bollinger, shown here by Jason Gilbert, has been much more prominent in the film series, most recently featured in 2006's Casino Royale.
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Left to right: Christie Wolfe, Brian Grandison and Andrea Hillsey
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Food and bottle voting
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Alan Karten mans the tapped line-up
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Voulez-vous rose? Oui!
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