Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Chamber Music at the Gallery

This Friday, February 20th, at 7:30 p.m., we kick off The Island Gallery's 3rd Spring Concert Series. Friday's program features Beau Metro Quartet playing Szymanowski: Quartet #2, Op.56; Shostakovich: Quartet #3, Op.73; and Schumann: Quartet #2, Op.42. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and can be purchased in advance at the gallery, or at the door the evening of the show.

Beau Metro Quartet is comprised of Stephen Bryant, violin; Tom Dziekonski, violin; Sue Jane Bryant, viola; and Virginia Dziekonski, cello. All four are highly respected artists not only in the Pacific Northwest, but nationally and internationally as well. Their precision performances, combined with the gallery's brilliant acoustics, have delighted audiences the last two seasons, making this series so popular that most past shows have sold out. This spring, seating will be slightly more limited, so if at the last minute you plan to attend, please call ahead!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Bread Pudding Bake-Off: Results

Well, once again it was quite a night at the gallery as hundreds of townsfolk turned out and, spoons at the ready, sampled and voted on the 19 pudding entries. In all categories, the voting was exceptionally tight this year. There were several ties and no losers—every pudding was amazing. An extra vote here or there could easily have changed the outcomes! However, after several recounts and the occasional battle over hanging chads, here are the Official Results!

Best Of Show (Tie):

Melinda Hyra
Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding

Metro Market Catering
Northwest blueberry & brioche Bread Pudding
with lemon thyme & lemon curd brulée

Gold Amateur

Melinda Hyra
Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding

Gold Pro

Metro Market Catering
Northwest blueberry & brioche Bread Pudding
with lemon thyme & lemon curd brulee

Silver Amateur (Tie)

Chris Baran-Mickle
West Sound Academy Banana Bread Pudding
with Pecans & Banana Rum Sauce

BI Special Needs Foundation
Donut Inspired Bread Pudding

Silver Pro

Stephanie of Course Catering
Savory Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding

Bronze Winners, Honorable Mention:

Ellen Gunderson
French orange delight Bread Pudding: French bread, plump orange raisins,
Saigon cinnamon, fresh orange sauce with Grand Marnier

Joan Sandler
Cranberry & Brown Sugar Bread Pudding

Salmon Canyon Café
Classic bread & butter pudding

Bronze Runners-Up:

SueJane Bryant • Carol Corbus • Dani Hemmat • Debbie Hollyer
Leinette Noritake • Susan Roth • Marylynne Sirutis • John Sydor
Doc’s Marina Grill • Harbour Pub • Pegasus Coffee House

Our thanks to all the magnificent bakers who put their time, talents and hearts into this event. For more details, including the final amount raised for Helpline House, which is, after all, what this is all about, please stay tuned to our blog.
By the way: Is anyone interested in an official cookbook featuring the Bake-Off's Best Recipes? Let us know - we're considering it.