Kim asked us to bring bruschetta. Since toasting the bread ahead of time just isn't the same, here is how we toasted it on site. I'm pretty sure the management wouldn't have approved, but we were very discreet and it all went well.
Marcella Hazan said to use pane integrale so we got this delicious whole grain bread from Podesto's Market. After toasting we rubbed it with garlic, drizzled on some olive oil and added a little pesto or tomato topping. And it was fabulous! This snack instantly transported me back to the dimly lit cave in Civita di Bagnoregio where we first tasted it.
Our meal was a delicious chicken salad, fresh fruit and sliced tomatoes. And we enjoyed their chardonnay. This morning I'm thinking maybe I enjoyed it a little too much. Haven't done that in ages.
But here's why we came: Shane Dwight. He was great as usual. We saw him last year too. He's a real crowd pleaser. There was lots of dancing and it looked like everyone had a real good time there Amongst The Oaks. Yep, Jessie's Grove is full of oak trees too.