Enter the modern enterprising man or men: The Ancient Order of Southern Gourmets. Founded five years ago by Cajun gourmand and raconteur, Chris Dautreuil, this group of 40-plus men share a love of camaraderie, good food, cooking and a taste for fine wine. The “Ancient Gourmets” as I fondly refer to them, meet once a month on the Northshore for an evening of home cooked creative cuisine. Members rotate responsibilities in the kitchen and create a monthly menu with appetizers, entrees, salad and desserts. Most importantly, the Acquistapace’s, Eric, Steve and Adam, supply the wine pairings.
At a recent event hosted by chef de cuisine Leonard White and sous chefs Gayden Robert and Cal Zenor, the menu featured Donald Links’ smoky oyster stew for a first course, Len’s stuffed chicken legs and thighs with Israeli couscous for the entree, and Cal’s chocolate mousse with a fresh raspberry Cointreau sauce for dessert. As I said, the Ancient Gourmets take their cooking and their eating seriously. This meal is not for the faint hearted, weight watchers, quiche eaters or those on a Paleo diet.
Thanks to the Ancient Order of Southern Gourmets for sharing their recipes and protecting the celebration and joys of cooking at home with friends and family.
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