This was not our usual “event” — less of a “drive” and more of a “destination” event! Your reporter isn’t quite sure about the “drive” part (lead by President Pierce) because it was a lot shorted to just drive to Columbia from Angles Camp. But I can attest to a bit of excitement on the last 200 yards of the drive — up a not-quite paved, goat trail up to the Yankee Hill Winery and Cooking School! Lets just say that the Stones’ had the front “lift” function fully engaged!
Ron Tinkey brought his new GT3-RS along and I bet he had the front lift function engaged also! The cars in the lot made for a nice, colorful photo! GGR’s got nothing on this collection of Porsches !! with our assortment of Turbo’s, GT3Rs, Targa’s, 911’s, Cayman’s and a Boxster!!
Now, onto the “destination” part of the event — cooking !! Our host, Ron Erickson, lead us in his “Tuscan” class. The cooking “class room” was a demonstration kitchen and a large “dining” area — for us to sample our work product! The first “course” was preparation of Bruschetta.
After d’oeuvres of cheese and our Bruschetta, we got started on the main course — Polo all Toscana. Ron had the chicken thighs prepared and on group got started with the chicken preparation. But some of us got to make the pasta — from scratch — that is from scoops of flour, egg, water and olive oil and a lot of mixing and pounding and.. finally pressing!
Finally, Ron herds all us “cats” and pots and pans to a buffet. We dish ourselves salad (with home made Ricotta Cheese), pasta with Zucchini all Formagio and the Polo all Toscana. Add a little wine, good conversation and you have the perfect meal. Oh yea, then top it off with Chocolate Lava Cake.
After all this, we headed back to our homes — but after the meal and the wine, the first 200 yards were very, very carefully done!