A Year Of Food in Review with Bad Woman Productions…
Bona Sera has had an exciting year of adventures, good food, friends and family and lots of fun. In 2010 we have done 5 dinners for charity, raising over 7,000 dollars.
We somehow seemed to do that while practicing our “bring home the bacon” jobs or as we like to refer to them, our “hobbies”. But Bona Sera is our passion, our expression of creativity and what keeps us going…It is what we wish we could be doing for real…full time. Because of Bona Sera we have met some really incredible people who have become great friends. Together with their passion and all of our commitments Bona Sera has become a really incredible community fixture. Bona Sera may best be known for The Bad Fairy and Wonder Woman, but truth be told, we are both just a small part of who Bona Sera really is…Bona Sera is you. Bona Sera is all of our volunteers from dishwasher, to server to kitchen helpers to musicians, our pimp, everyone who has opened up their homes and the diners.
For 2011 we have bigger aspirations to fulfill lifelong dreams and continue the exciting work in the community, but, before we get to those thoughts…let’s review our year of food:
Time: New Year’s Eve 2010
Humiliating Event: “Iron Chef” competition
The chefs were Bad Fairy and Wonder Woman of course, Big Daddy and Loualicious. The rules were that Fuego supplied 5 secret ingredients. We were all given chicken as the protein and allowed to bring one ingredient as an option for all chefs to use. The secret ingredients were: rice, chili peppers, chocolate, cauliflower and Coco Lopez. We had 45 minutes to prepare our dishes. The heat was on in the kitchen and as is usually the case with cooks, fair play went out the back door. Mis en place was stolen from cutting boards (so much for super heroes’ reputations for fairness, civility and all that…), pots were moved or taken over on the stove. And we all produced interesting dishes: Bad Fairy did a chicken coconut curry rice soup, Wonder Woman did a seared chicken breast with a mole sauce and creamed cauliflower, Big Daddy created some kind of chicken with a molded coconut rice accompaniment (imagine an innocent collection of rice whose mother has decided to give a bowl cut to…) and Loualicious presented the most stunning dish, coconut r ice pudding with chocolate points and a lot of other shit all over the plate. So it was a close call, but in the end The Bad Fairy was the righteous winner (but Wonder Woman believes that she only won because she is soooo Bad).
Our first Bona Sera dinner happened in late February. We had an idea to do a dinner featuring comfort foods and after a few glasses of wine, came up with what we thought was a great menu. Hmmm….venue…venue…? Wonder Women thinks…hey let’s really challenge ourselves and do a dinner in a warehouse space?!! So the warehouse space seems interesting and we can turn it into a cool spot…right? This dinner occurs on a frosty February evening in an enormous barely heated ginormous football field of a building… the dining room space was pre-warmed with space heaters that had been left on for the entire previous week . We had a shop vac powering a plastic utility sink, folding tables for prep and plating, a few camping burners and 3 stoves that were about a 2 minute walk from each other. The dining room was a good 60 feet from the kitchen area and it was so cold for those of us cooking that we could see our breath.
Some of our favorite courses included Big Daddy’s award winning Mac and Cheese and Wonder Woman’s s hsalted caramel ice cream. Bad Fairy is still pissed; Wonder Woman feigns contriteness and snickers behind her lasso in a thoroughly unladylike way. But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…right? Bad Fairy hates platitudes.
Truth be told, with each dinner we have continued to perfect our recipes, our ability to cook and create in unfamiliar spaces and organize dinners with our guests’ best interests at heart.
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