I started with a sambal egg from Zaina Dell' Aquila, Chef at the Condé Nast commissary, which hosts meals by notable cooks throughout the country, including Timms. Dell' Aquila, a native of Singapore, prepared a dish with a fusion of flavors that exist harmoniously side-by-side in her native land. The Malaysian hardboiled egg, bobbing in a dish of fiery red sauce, blended with the best Thai green curry I've ever had, spooned over aromatic yellow rice and topped with crispy fried onions.
Ford Fry of JCT Kitchen and Bar had more of a connection to Vermont than most of the other out-of-town chefs – he studied at NECI. Eating his Humboldt Fog chevre-stuffed fresh pasta seemed daunting in 90 degree weather, but they were so delicately creamy that they made me forget my sweat.
Timms' Norma's table (pictured) presented filet mignon on toast, covered with gorgeously seasoned, locally foraged chanterelles and a poached egg, which made its own luscious sauce for the tender steak. I also have to speak of my affection for Steve Bogart – late of A Single Pebble – and his anise-scented red pine chicken. Chicken bedecked in pork loaf? What a way to eat two of the tastiest animals at once!
The event as a whole was exquisite and organized as if it had been done 100 times before. Not a drinker myself, I can't comment on the wine, except to say that it flowed plentifully and for free, with the assistance of very knowledgeable sommeliers. For just $25, the afternoon, which benefited the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, was the best deal of the summer.