The Incurable Epicureans are a culinary group of MOMS members who love to cook and to eat. There are usually four dinners a year. Each dinner has a specially planned theme and menu where the group may explore various regions of the world, culinary époques, or whatever else they think of that sounds intriguing. Usually the group gathers in the home of a member, but they also have used park shelters and working studios. Following are samples of past dinners.
Our opening event of 2010 offered the exotic recipes of My Bombay Kitchen and was held at the equally exotic Herbaria owned by Ken Gilberg. Special guests from our St. Louis Zoroastrian community authenticated our Parsi dinner. In the spring we dined out of doors amidst the newborn flowers on the cuisine of the Netherlands. Classic Dutch cooking reflects the tastes of a seafaring, trading nation, with a strong preference for fresh vegetables and a passion for all things sweet and spicy. We explored the rich tradition of Dutch food and its various international influences. In August, the group feasted upon a menu of choices from Alice Waters, a champion of locally grown and fresh ingredients. She, along with Jeremiah Tower, (chef of Chez Panisse in Berkeley from 1972-8), have been credited with creating and developing California Cuisine. She has continually promoted organic and small farm products heavily in her restaurants, as well as advocated eating locally produced foods that are in season. Our hosts for this event, Karen and Bruce Lowry, offerd their farm and garden at the peak of freshness for all of us to practice with Alice's principles. Our final event of 2010 was held November 20th at Linda and George Rolby's home, The Spirit of the Harvest dinner was dedicated to the First Americans whose ability to live in harmony with nature continues to inspire. Before Columbus, before the Pilgrims, our First Americans used indigenous plants, seafood, and game in cooking traditions that are still very much alive. Our recipes presented the distinctive food of North American Indians from coast to coast.
Because we meet most often in member's homes, the club must limit membership to 35. Dues are $15 per person payable the first of each year. The Incurable Epicureans is open to all MOMS members. The first 35 to pay their dues form the group for that year. Prior to each dinner a menu is emailed and every member who plans to attend signs up to bring one of the menu’s dishes. They each research and prepare their chosen item as a means to learn more about the world of food.
The last Earthstar newsletter of the year includes a reminder for membership dues and the mailing address for The Incurable Epicureans. For any inquiries, please call Linda Rolby, 314-965-8769.