Eat Your Heart Out – 2016

Another wonderful evening has come and gone at Eat Your Heart Out. 

A big Thank You to all who helped and all who celebrated our fantastic neighborhood with us. 

Cocktail Party house: Elise Singer and Don Perelman, 1006 Westview St.  6 – 7:30pm

JOIN US for a Mt. Airy culinary tradition celebrating 11 years!
Share a cocktail with your neighbors, then grab a map revealing the location of your dinner.
Your hosts donate the food and drinks, the chefs their creativity and labor, and the proceeds all go directly to West Mt. Airy Neighbors.

It doesn’t get any better— or more delicious—than that.

If you can’t stay for a dinner join us for the cocktail party only – $50

  1. Read the menu descriptions below and pick your favorite themes  (for example, Seasonal and Seaside, Mediterranean, Potpourri).

  2. Scroll down and click the appropriate button for how many tickets you need. You will then be taken to the PayPal website. Here you will enter your theme choices, any dietary restrictions, guest names and credit card information.

You will then receive an email confirmation with the details of the cocktail party and your dinner choices.  Ticket prices are
Dinner: $110 per person,  Cocktail Party Only: $50

Dinner Themes

Seasonal and Seaside



Menu Descriptions



The Greek Feast

Bring out the ouzo and feast on a Greek inspired dinner cooked by George Drakopoulos and Nate Monk. Amy and Michael Cohen welcome you to their home to eat a bevy of favorite Greek dishes including avgolemono (Greek egg drop soup), spanokopita and two kinds of moussaka. Be sure to save room for the baklava cheesecake!


Modern Middle Eastern

Enjoy dishes inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi, well known cookbook author, in the home of Kathy Nelson and John Kromer. Chef Noel Eisenstat will blend flavors from modern Middle Eastern cuisine. His menu will include lightly battered calamari, filet of sole with brown butter and fried capers, and a medley of roasted green vegetables. End your meal with an array of baked goods with halvah. This dinner can accommodate vegetarians and individuals with gluten allergies.


Une Soiree, Gout de France

Chef James Bonner and hosts, Robin and Bruce Herndon, have designed a French tasting menu consisting of beef tartare as an appetizer with a mushroom ravoli second course. Your journey to France continues with chicken gallantine as the main course. End your meal in true French fashion with a cheese plate and raspberry clafouti.


Barcelona to Pelham

Hosts Karen and Parris Hall welcome you to their home for an evening of Spanish cuisine prepared by chef Kimberly Fonville. Highlights of the dinner are hummus verde with garbanzo beans and grilled flatbread, and a delicious paella (chicken, chorizo, shrimp mussels, clams, sofrito, piquillo peppers, peas, rice), as well as grilled beef filet. Chocolate lovers rejoice! Dessert is chocolate cake infused with Spanish coffee.


Provençal Low Country Wine Pairing Experience

Chef Tony Lawrence joins hosts Gina and Gary Smith at Thistledew Chateau to delight guests with a seven-course dinner, Provençal low country style. Each course will be paired with two specially selected French wines. Among the many dishes will be cheeses, oyster soup, braised pulled rabbit, grilled salmon, and short ribs. A salad of marinated watermelon and minted strawberries will be served just before dessert. Sport some French attire or accessory (a scarf or a beret or maybe just a cigarette) for a continental evening!



Sprouting Community

Vegetarian Alert! Chef Emma Ford delivers an all vegetable feast with hosts Carol and Bruce Caswell. Begin with a specially created amuse bouche cocktail. Dinner features a vegetarian twist on a charcuterie board, and a spring snap pea soup with mint crème fraiche and pea blossoms. Main course is herbed oyster mushroom raviolis with balsamic lemon sauce.


Seafood Fest

Get ready for a night of French inspired seafood dishes at the home of host Pat Bailey. Chef Jim Steiker will prepare soupe de poisson, and arugula and smoked trout salad with fennel. The visit to la mer continues with ceviche and for the main “plat”, quenelles (French seafood “dumplings”) with shrimp sauce. Amusez-vous bien!


Under the Sea  

Weavers Way Chefs Bonnie Shuman and Alisa Consorto offer a five course evening for fish lovers at the home of hosts Margaret Shapiro and Howard Bilofsky. Enjoy chilled pea soup with mint oil and fresh ricotta, crispy Caesar salad with smoked trout, seared red snapper with lime butter, and finish with French crepes with berries & Vanilla Ice Cream.


Local Farm to Table

Calling all Locavores! Chef Anna Herman prepares a wonderful multi-course dinner featuring ingredients coming fresh from Mount Airy gardens and local farm fields. Guests will be treated to spring vegetables and homegrown greens and herbs around the table of hosts Leslie and Curt Pontz. The main course will be savory lamb from a nearby farm.



Caribbean Retreat

The rhythms of the islands provide the backdrop for this Caribbean feast. Chef William Johnson takes you on a culinary tour of the tropics where you will enjoy among other dishes, curry goat, and a smoked jerk pork belly with a papaya and chili lime salad. For dessert, enjoy pineapple with sweet rum sauce. Your hosts, Glen Hoffman and Jocelyn Sivalingam, will toast the evening with special Caribbean drinks.


Who Done It?

Follow the clues at an Alfred Hitchcock murder mystery dinner! Lydia Ogden and Jim Buehler will host a dinner with each course tagged to memorable Hitchcock films prepared by Chef Alexandra Fries. The menu includes a choke vegetable pate (Rope) to start, with “bloody” steak filet (Frenzy) as the main course. The meal fades out with “slashed” berry pie (Psycho).


Something for Everyone!

The engaging cuisine of Chefs Rick Quick and Din Lee presents meat for the meat lover, fish for pescatarians and some vegetable dishes as well. Indulge your palate at the home of Sarah Ricks and Tom Dolgenos with wild mushroom soufflé, sweet potato cakes topped with braised short ribs, honey-soaked salmon with a smoky tint, and home-made gelato.


Culinary Adventure           

This dinner is perfect for a spontaneous eater with a sense of adventure. Details of the menu for the dinner at Sharon Ward and Joe Grace’s house are still unfolding. Stay tuned and check our website!