What do you get for $2,400?

Ok, here are some photos for the fabulous weekend up on Lopez Island. For those who missed my earlier post, me and the crew headed up to the island to do a cooking class and dinner party, a package that I donated to the Richard Hugo House for their charity auction.

The rustically ravishing home is nestled on the first homestead by a white person on the island. (Apparently, the natives weren’t happy neighbors; they burned down the first couple houses on the site.) We brought virtually everything with us — all the food, wine, loads of knives, cooking utensils and even aprons. My friend Jeff even made a batch of flatbreads the night prior for the appetizers, which we carefully tucked into tupperware. We started at 3 p.m. and left at nearly midnight.

I’m not sure who had more fun, the guests or the cooks. Ted, Mike, Maggie, Lisa and I all had a grand time hanging out in the kitchen, making it all happen overcoming the lack of a BBQ to cook the paella and a functional oven to bake the oven. (We ended up baking in a small stove tucked into a yurt on the property.) I put together a slide show on Flickr with more images, including the sea plane flight from Seattle’s Lake Union. Go here to see the full menu.

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