Last weekend Pat and Jerry hosted two couples who had recently purchased an auction lot for the benefit of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. The lot they bid on was an Astronaut experience…the “experience” was a dinner prepared by Jerry and Pat and the auction winners were Steve Wirth and Jill D’Agostino and Jerry and Mary Matulka from Pennsylvania and Texas who came to Manchester Center, Vermont for the occasion. The amount donated purchased one of the twenty five scholarships the ASF gives every year to a deserving student.
Having just come from Italy, and still not down from the Tuscan clouds, the dinner the Carrs prepared was, of course, Italian. Influenced by their recent cooking lessons at the Coltibuono Cooking School, they offered a five course menu that consisted of chicken liver/truffle mousse; cold pici pasta with grilled trout and cucumber mint sauce; turkey Rollatini with Tuscan tomato/olive sauce; arugula, walnut and pecorino salad and fresh Peach and Fig Tart. Each course was accompanied by an Italian wine, two of which were gifts to the ASF by the Monsanto Winery in Poggibonsi, Tuscany.
It was a great evening, starting on the Carr’s patio and moving to their dining room and ending in the Equinox Village Library for dessert and liquers. Service was provided by Equinox Village. Earlier the Matulkas and Wirth/ D’Agostino were escorted on a tour of Hildene, the Lincoln home and Musick/Carr’s studio where they got a preview of Pat’s most recent work inspired by the words Astronauts and Cosmonauts use to describe their view of the earth from space. (see New Tomorrow on Pat’s website.)