A Dinner with Charlie

Before I start here I’d like to dedicate this amyl-fueled Italo Disco gem to Charlie himself… I was pointed towards it around 5 years ago by Dave S, of the (now sadly defunct) Electric Workers DJ crew.

My friend Charlie invited the Melon and I for dinner last night. Chef was Executive Sous from Langdon Hall, Victor DeGuzman.

It was held in a private home that also serves purpose as a private museum… a very dark museum indeed.

Dinner was preceded by a tour of the exhibits by curator and owner William Jamieson.

Here’s the real story in pictures… let’s just say it was bloody marvelous and the company was superb.

Some seriously juicy conversation went down… but then, as Charlie says, “it’s not for everyone”.

Here’s a little 5 minute piece about the event from CBC’s Here and Now show.

I missed pics of the passed Hors D’Oeuvres and the duck:

Selection of Hors D’oeuvres

Omnibus of Bison:
Jerky, Satays, Steamed Buns

Rob Howland’s Unpasteurized Butter
Assortment of Crusty Breads, Radishes and Pickles
Langdon Maple Martini

Amuse Bouche: Colville Bay Oysters
Lemongrass and Shallot Mignonette

Marinated Scallops and Charred Octopus
Mango, Tamarind and Red Chili
2006 Pinot Grigio IGT, CANDONI, Delle Venezie – ITALY
Extra Course
Balut (A fertilized duck egg with a nearly developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell)

Opus of Rouen Duck
Cured and Roasted Breast, Boiled Egg, Leg Confit, Gizzards, with Glutinous Rice, Lotus Root and Leaf
2006 Barbera D’Alba DOC, “Piani” PELISSERO, Piemonte – ITALY

Seared Itoham Kobe Beef Striploin
Braised Cheeks, Ginger and Kaffir Lime Consommé
2005 Langhe Rosso DOC, “Long Now” PELISSERO, SUPER Piemonte – ITALY

Cashew Praline and Meringue Torte
Mangosteen, Coconut Caramel Ice Cream
“WHITE NUN” – Vecchia Romagna Brandy

Sweet Gifts
Buffalo Milk Bonbons, Purple Yam Truffles, Rice Cakes
A 500BC Mummy

A 500BC Mummy

Some notes on the Mummy above

Some notes on the Mummy above

Mr. Jamieson purchased the contents of the Niagara Falls Museum, the first museum in Canada.

Mr. Jamieson purchased the contents of the Niagara Falls Museum, the first museum in Canada.

Like a butterfly on a pin...

Like a butterfly on a pin...

The back of an antique French hearse... now an aquarium

The back of an antique French hearse... now an aquarium

There was simply so much to look at

There was simply so much to look at

The world's second electric chair

The world's second electric chair

A real dog with no front legs... taxidermy at its finest

A real dog with no front legs... taxidermy at its finest

Kiss the wee shrunken head

Kiss the wee shrunken head

Two heads are better than one

Two heads are better than one

The stairwell

The stairwell

Tribal Weapons

Tribal Weapons

Jamie and Susur

Jamie and Susur

Two big heads and wee shrunken one

Two big heads and wee shrunken one

The table before dinner... replete with a pole...

The table before dinner... replete with a pole...

Amuse Bouche: Colville Bay Oysters Lemongrass and Shallot Mignonette

Amuse Bouche: Colville Bay Oysters Lemongrass and Shallot Mignonette

Marinated Scallops and Charred Octopus Mango, Tamarind and Red Chili

Marinated Scallops and Charred Octopus Mango, Tamarind and Red Chili

Balut (a fertilized duck egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell)

Balut (a fertilized duck egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell)

All sitting for dinner... 36 peeps

All sitting for dinner... 36 peeps

Seared Itoham Kobe Beef Striploin, Braised Cheeks, Ginger and Kaffir Lime Consomme

Seared Itoham Kobe Beef Striploin, Braised Cheeks, Ginger and Kaffir Lime Consomme

Cashew Praline and Merigue Torte, Mangosteen, Coconut Caramel Ice Cream

Cashew Praline and Merigue Torte, Mangosteen, Coconut Caramel Ice Cream

2 comments

  1. Jenny · May 1, 2009

    Great post! I was so happy to be part of the chosen few. A night that will not be forgotten anytime soon!

  2. Chuck P · May 2, 2009

    Damn that looks good. I was invited to this but was out of town. Damn!

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